Bring Me Sunshine
I started this book on Saturday evening, and finished it in the early hours of Sunday morning … it completely blew me away.
Thirteen-year-old Daisy has to grow up fast after her Mum dies, and she is left to bring up her little brother and care for her increasingly forgetful dad. She struggles to juggle all of this with school, the fact she no longer has any friends (because she can’t have them round home) and that she can’t find solace in her lifelong passion of playing drums (the noise is too much for dad these days).
This is a well written and emotive book, and it moved me to tears on a couple of occasions–as well as making me laugh out loud. It highlights the plight of young carers, and does this with sensitivity and humour. The setting is Kendal, in the UK, and has an authentic feel to it. The character development and world building are done excellently, as is the plot and pacing. The ebook has some formatting issues with misplaced paragraphs and odd spacing, as well as backwards quote marks. There are a few missing words and typos, but nothing major, and certainly not enough to disturb the read.
I can highly recommend this book to both young adult readers and adults alike, and will be looking out for more from this author. I give this book a resounding FIVE STARS.