Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: South of Sunshine

Title South of Sunshine
Author Dana Elmendorf
Release Date April 1, 2016

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

South of Sunshine was an okay book.

The pacing was a bit too slow for my liking. It did pick up more towards the end, but the beginning felt like it was dragging on and on with very little actually happening.

The relationship between Kaycee and Bren wasn't developed at all. It was definitely a case of instalove and that's just boring. I was hoping for a solid and well built relationship between the two, not something so shallow.

There were plenty of Southernisms that made me smile and appealed to me as someone from the South. The book does win a few points there.

Overall, South of Sunshine was a decent book, but wasn't as awesome as I had hoped.


3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Albert Whitman & Company via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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