Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie
Genre: YA Horror
Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…
Review copy provided by NetGalley

When The Haunting of Sunshine Girl came across my radar, I dismissed it at first but the cover of floating girl remained with me. It wasn’t a few days later when I saw it featured on another blog that I finally decided to read the synopsis. It intrigued me. I saw that it was based on a web series in Youtube and decided to check the videos.

It began in 2010 with xx number of episodes. Crap. So much catching up to do, I might as well request in on NetGalley.

It wasn’t as creeptastic as I assumed it would be given the synopsis and that gorgeous, gorgeous cover. It didn’t feel eerie or scary enough to make me want keep the lights on when I go to sleep. The town of Ridgemont, Washington with its tall Douglas Firs, cloud cover, foggy atmosphere and the cold provided much of the creepy factor but the setting is only half the work. The haunting should carry much of the weight.

The story was saved by Sunshine’s own voice in the narration. A credit to the writers. She had this way of simply telling her tale, without flounces and flourishes, and engaging the reader to follow her story closely. 

And this what I’ll be reading the sequel for.


Ayanami Faerudo

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