A standout book I have read this year which has enticed me in from the beginning is: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. The book is based on the YouTube Channel: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network.
I feel that it is a great example of one type of media adapting into a book. If you never knew about the YouTube channel to begin with then you probably wouldn’t notice the different.
I originally won the book in a competition but just got around to reading the book recently. Everything begins with Sunshine turning 16 then moving to a new house where she instantly starts to feel a sudden creepiness that lingers everywhere she goes.
The book explores into the long process it takes before Sunshine realises who she is and that she is a luiseach – in charge of helping spirits to move on after death.
Sunshine begins to document the paranormal on video and tries to prove to her mother that ghosts are real. She then meets Anna, the ghost who is haunting her house and learns about the tragic fate that Anna met. Sunshine is being tested by her mentor in which she has to overcome before she meets her mentor. If she does not overcome the challenge then she could loose all those whom she cares about and then possibly even forget about their existence in the first place.
The adaptation from YouTube to novel was actual fantastic. Right from the start of the book you get easily drawn in and begin to associate with the characters. Although the book is written for a young audience, Paige tells the story in a way that can appeal to even people older than the intended readership.
I like the way in which you can easily relate to Sunshine through the fact that she is the typical unpopular girl at school with only one good friend. Then when she moves miles away from home, she becomes friends with yet again one person who truly understands her. The darkness that engulfs Sunshine could give connotations of those who are depressed in the fact that the darkness takes ahold of her and refuses to let go which follows her about from day-to-day.
Sunshine interacts with the ghost, Anna and begins to play games with her. The more Sunshine plays with Anna, the more she learns about the ghosts brutal murder. Sunshine begins to sympathise with the ghost when she discovers that the girl was killed by her father who was possessed by a demon.
I would describe this book as the Supernatural of a younger generation. I feel that the book has similar aspects to the TV show: Supernatural but makes the plot unique by aiming at a younger audience and mixing the paranormal with a sense of humour. Sunshine’s personality and the relationship between her and her mother really stands out and makes the reader support Sunshine in her challenge and want her to succeed.
The novel becomes a fight for survival. A fight for Sunshine to save her mother. A fight that could end in death that Sunshine would have never expected from such a move. What a convenient time for Sunshine to move to Ridgemount you say? Little does Sunshine know, this was put in place by her mentor. A mentor she has yet to meet. mentor who is putting her loved one’s lives at risk all for the greater good, all as a test. A test in which Sunshine must pass or risk loosing her loved ones for good!
McKenzie takes the typical idea of a paranormal/horror YA book but adds a twist to make it unique. This factor is what makes the adaptation a brilliant success. She takes the typical “girl being haunted/haunted house” plot and spins it up to make it fresh and exciting story that is totally different from the classics.
As soon as Sunshine arrives in the new town she feels something “off” about the house and whole neighborhood. Ever since her sixteenth birthday she has started to develop into the luiseach which she is due to become.
To improve the novel it would be good if McKenzie was able to go into more depth when the spooky events begin to happen. When her whole world turns upside down, it would be good if there was more detail. I would have also liked it if there was more detail about how Sunshine and her best friend before she moved to Ridgemount drifted apart and ended up not talking. Since in the book, they just stop mentioning her after a certain point. I will most likely check out the YouTube channel after reading the book.
I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy paranormal humour in a YA read.
I am maybe late jumping on the bandwaggon but I have seen plenty of YouTuber’s doing the TMI Tag. Now even though I am a blogger, I feel what better chance to let you get to know me better since I am just starting out?
Well here goes…
1: What are you wearing?
My Pajamas – seriously the most comfortable thing to wear! Whenever I am home and don’t need to go back out I always chuck on my Pajamas no matter what time of day it is. I occasionally get some weird looks from my gran when she turns up unexpectedly as she’s old-fashioned and thinks you should dress first thing in the morning and stay dressed all day.
2: Ever been in love?
Do fictional characters count? I have never been in love with anyone in real life. I’ve had small crushes but not been in love. I got asked out in Primary school and felt awful saying no as I didn’t fancy the guy but thought of him as a good friend but obviously, saying no was the right thing and I don’t regret my decision. Even with the peer pressure at the time of other people trying to get me to say yes.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Yet again, no. I’ve never actually been in a relationship in the first place!
4: How tall are you?
5 ft 8 inches
5: How much do you weigh?
No idea, I don’t give tabs on my weight. Over what I would like to weigh though, I plan on joining the gym.
6: Any tattoos?
No, but I have an idea on what I would like if I was to get a tattoo. I would love to get a tattoo of Cheryl’s perfume bottle with maybe writing above or below.
7: Any piercings?
Nope. When I was a kid I had my ears pierced but they had to close up due to an infection so ever since I have a tiny bump on each ear lobe!
Dramione (Draco & Hermione), Captain Swan (Hook and Emma Swan)
9: Favorite Show?
Supernatural hands down. My favourite character in that show is Castiel. I am currently on Season 10 Episode 1 and I am hooked. I don’t know what I will do with my life once I am caught up!
10: Favorite bands?
Girls Aloud, Paramore, Lady Antebellum, The Cab, All Time Low – for singers I’m also a big fan of Kylie Minogue.
11: Something you miss?
Having no responsibility in life/having plenty of free time. When you’re a kid you want to be an adult but when you actually grow up it ends up the other way around!
12: Favorite song?
All Time Low: Dancing with a wolf, The cab: lock me up, Lady Antebellum – Things people say
13: How old are you?
20 going on 10 – LOL
14: Zodiac sign?
Libra – Same birthday as Nicola out Girls Aloud – one of my idols!
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Ability to make me laugh/cheer me up, honesty, loyalty
16: Favorite Quote?
17: Favorite actor?
Tom Felton, Actresses would be: Emma Waston, Jennifer Aniston, Melissa McCarthy and Cameron Diaz.
18: Favorite color?
Pink/Purple but when I was a kid, I was a major tomboy, hated these colours and loved blue and red.
19: Loud music or soft?
Loud music, I always end up giving myself a headache as my music is too loud more often than not.
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
Lock myself in my bedroom away from everyone. I don’t have a lock on my door, so when I’m annoyed at my dad, I tend to put my bed against the door to stop him from getting in.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
Not very long normally, since I normally tend to have a bath then afterwards wash my hair in the shower, I know, does wonders for my carbon footprint, doesn’t it?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
AGES! It takes so long. My dad is always shouting me for over an hour before I am ready to leave and I don’t even use makeup. I’d hate to see how long it took me if I used makeup!
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes. In high school a girl started punching me in the middle of the school canteen. The same girl had been annoying me for months and I hit her back. I think my teacher only let me off with it since it was the first proper time I had ever stood up for myself and refused to take others shit. These days I don’t take shit for no one.
24: Turn on?
A good sense of humour. The guy showing off his girl in public/infront of friends.
25: Turn off?
Insults, food caught between teeth.
26: The reason I started blogging?
I have many thoughts on my mind constantly and I thought a blog would be a great place to share them. I am also a media student who is trying to develop my skills further in order to do well within the industry.
Spiders, deep swimming pools, bugs, being alone for the rest of my life.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
When I had an argument with my dad.
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Today – my dad.
30: Meaning behind your blog Name?
I initially decided I wanted to start a lifestyle blog which has developed into other areas as well. I began to think of original names which would fit in among lifestyle blogs. I am a bit crazy in the positive way, so then came life, lies and all time craziness.
31: Last book you read?
The haunting of sunshine girl by Paige Mckenzie – it was an amazing book! Stay tuned to this blog for my review of this book!
32: The book you’re currently reading?
The sin eater’s daughter – only a few pages into this book though.
33: Last show you watched?
Supernatural – today – finished Season 9 today, excited to watch Season 10!
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Bridget – my best friend
36: Favorite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
Florida, I really want to go to the Harry Potter theme park there and also the real Disney World. I also want to visit Australia really badly.
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
Does Misha Collins count?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
Never kissed someone on the lips.
41: Last time you were insulted?
about 3-4 weeks ago by one of my friends but we’ve now sorted things out. She was stressed because of shit going on in her life.
42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
I prefer chocolate – Double Decker, Jaffa Cake, anything that doesn’t have peanuts really!
43: What instruments do you play?
44: favourite piece of jewellery?
Don’t really wear jewellery much but my Dumbledore’s Army necklace.
45: Last sport you played?
Probably cycling when I was back in school, don’t really play much sports.
46: Last song you sang?
Stitches by Shawn Mendes – very badly out of tune so I would never attempt to record it or anything!
47: favourite chat up line?
Don’t have any
48: Have you ever used it?
Don’t have any
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Can’t remember, been so busy lately with an event I am organising!