The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series #1)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9781602862722
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Series: Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 399,246
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


Paige McKenzie, the irresistible face of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, began playing Sunshine as a high school junior. Today, the YouTube series boasts a viewership nearing ten million. McKenzie was recently named one of Seventeen magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” finalists. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel is the author of Second Star, The Beautiful Between, The Lucky Kind, and The Stone Girl, as well as the forthcoming novel, Faceless. The New York Post describes The Beautiful Between as “endearing, realistic, and heart-wrenching”; and New York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen calls Second Star “gorgeous: at once sun-soaked and haunted, elegant and strange…perfect.” Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. Alyssa lives and writes in New York City.

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a fun paranormal read. It’s apparently based on a popular YouTube channel, but I’ve never seen it – although I might be tempted to check it out now – so my review is based on the book alone, and I have nothing to compare it with. Sunshine and her mom moved halfway across the country to the small town of Ridgemont, Washington. They changed the sun for the clouds, and Sunshine’s mood seems to have plummeted along with the weather. They moved because her mom, Kat, got a new job at a local hospital. All seems to go well, right until they arrive at their new home. Sunshine tries to look on the bright side, but has trouble finding anything bright about her new home, which seems infested with a creepy, eerie feeling. And the longer they spend in the house, the more Sunshine grows convinced it’s haunted. Her mom doesn’t believe it, being a practical person, so Sunshine starts to gather evidence. While the ghost grows more powerful, slamming doors, sobbing in the bathroom, and even playing games with Sunshine, her mom still won’t believe her. Up until something frightening happens, and afterward, Kat doesn’t even remember. Sunshine realizes it’s up to her to solve the mystery of the ghost’s identity before her mom gets hurt. I loved the relationship Sunshine and Kat have. Sunshine is adopted, but they still have a real bond, a real connection. They’re very much like a real mother and daughter. Sometimes they bicker, but they’re there for each other, and they’re best friends. You don’t often see that in YA, and it’s great when it happens. Unfortunately their bond deteriorates when Kat doesn’t believe her daughter, which drives a wedge between them. But even though, it was still interesting to see what this did to their relationship, and how it estranged them. The second POV that pops in occassionally was confusing at first, and I could’ve done without. I wanted to read the story of Sunshine and Kat, and the second POV didn’t add to the tension, but instead diminished it. Sunshine was a loveable character, quirky and fun. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to have a lot of friends, not even at her new school, and I found it a little hard to believe that even after being there for longer than a month, she only ever mentioned one person from school, one friend. The ghost part worked well, and the suspense is high from start till end. There’s some build up, but from the moment Sunshine first hears the ghost, the suspense just keeps on going. The writing was spot on, with Sunshine sounding like a teenager without jumping to clichés. Some of the descriptions were plain beautiful. This is a promising start to a new series, with a few exciting twists to the usual ghost story. It left me pleasantly surprised, and I look forward to reading more about Sunshine and her adventures in the sequel. Can’t wait. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I have to say that “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” is one of the most interesting horror novels I have ever read.  It has an unexpected blend of ghosts, romance, teen angst, and plot. I really enjoyed the characters and their arcs.  Sunshine especially is a great and likable character who reacts to the extraordinary paranormal situations in a way that most of us would.  That being disbelief quickly followed by fright.  I won’t give away what else she goes through, but needless to say it isn’t something most of us would encounter.  At least I hope not.  I do like to sleep on occasion. My first thoughts were this isn’t too scary, which quickly progressed to being afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (which is when I was foolish enough to read a horror story), and finally ended up with “my significant other needs to read this”.  That last bit is the most telling, as she is what could be called a horror connoisseur.  She likes terrifying things and “The Haunting of Sunshine” fits that requirement at many points. Oddly enough, the book can be classified as clean as long as someone is ok with paranormal violence.  There is no bad language, only the vaguest of sexual references, and no drinking or drug usage.  Therefore, I can easily recommend “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” for any age provided they are comfortable with books by authors such as R.L. Stine.  It’s a lot of good old-fashioned ghost story fun. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book i loved it
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I went into this book blindly, I knew nothing of the YouTube videos surrounding this book, I picked it up based solely on its cover and the inside narrative and I am glad that I did. Will I check out the YouTube videos now, probably not, why spoil a good thing? The novel didn’t waste any time as things started to get mysterious right off the get go. Sunshine and her mother arrived in Washington, having made the drive from Texas as her mother was going to start her new nursing position in just a few days. Her mother found their new home on Facebook and the minute that Sunshine stepped into her new home, she knew it just didn’t feel right. Perhaps it was the musty smell, the child’s laughter and the footsteps she heard coming from the upper floor, or it could have been the cold breezes she felt as she tried to settle in to this gloomy house nevertheless, Sunshine knew someone else was occupying this house. Sunshine feels it is a girl whose spirit is trying to capture her attention. It is the way the author strings the events occurring in the house and the events in Sunshine’s life that has captured my attention, exciting and mesmerizing I find myself drawn into the book just waiting for the next move. Her mother has become oblivious to the happenings in the house, what happened to the loving relationship between the two of them? Being a photographer, Sunshine tries to capture the changes that are occurring in her life. What will she discover when those prints are finally developed and who will be able to actually see what is on that film? At school, she finds this place just as mysterious as the place she now calls home only the haunting are not occurring there. Finding a peer at school, Nolan becomes her friend and tries to help her uncover this mystery and if it wasn’t for his leather jacket, I wonder if the romance that sparked between the two of them would have occurred. This mystery has depth, it’s not an easy solve and I enjoyed all the twists and all the additions the author added in to make this novel a real treat. Definitely a great read for me and one to start my summer off on a high note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and her youtube page is even better! Go to the hauntings of sunshine girl network and watch all her videos! As they say in michigan, buena buena!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the greatest book I have ever read. Thank you for letting me read it!:-)
BrittneyReads More than 1 year ago
Sunshine and her mother, Kat, have just moved from their home town in Texas, leaving behind the only home Sunshine has ever known. Her mother got a job offer for her dream job, causing them to move. Her new town is dark and wet and her new house gives her the creeps. Their first night there, Sunshine hears someone playing upstairs and a little girl laughing and talking. Of course, her mother thinks she is imagining it, but Sunshine keeps hearing and seeing things. Things in her room will be moved or scattered when she gets home. Mostly harmless, until the night that her and her mother hear a little girl being murdered in their bathroom. The bathroom door is locked and the little girl is screaming. When they finally get in, nobody is there. But on that night, Sunshine soon learns, her mother was possessed by a demon and the only person that can stop it is her. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. When I read on the cover that it was a book that a youtuber wrote, I was skeptical. It seems like everyone on youtube is writing a book and I thought this was another one of those, or worse, had a ghost writer. But I was wrong. This book was great. I have never read a paranormal/scary book that flowed like this did. Usually I have one or two complaints, but I didn’t have any with this. The story flowed perfectly, it was original, and it kept the reader hooked. I loved the romance, even though there wasn’t any. Nolan helps Sunshine throughout the book and there are hints of feelings, but nothing overly fluffy like in SO MANY YA books today. It focused on what Sunshine was going through and her journey to save her mother instead of her relationship with Nolan. And I loved that. Not to mention Nolan and Sunshine’s characters. They are so well rounded and not the least bit annoying. A lot of times in YA the main female comes across as annoying a lot of times, but Sunshine is very relatable. I think the only thing I didn’t like about this book was her name and even that had a reason behind it. I give this book a 5/5 stars. This book is good for anyone looking for a good YA book, but especially if you want a good paranormal halloweenish read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Pre-ordered Book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the fact that all of this happend when she turned 16 is amaizing i have never found a book like this i highly reomend it and you should also watch the web series
Cricket_2005 More than 1 year ago
perfect for scaring this book is perfect for people who love to be scared and like love storys this book is creepy yet entertaining love it!!!!!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get over the constant exposition and poorly written characters that sounded and acted much too young for their age. Very cliche story and it felt unoriginal.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
I don't remember when I first saw The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, maybe on Barnes and Noble's website or even their shelves. All I knew was, the cover was unique, off in a way and the girl was lovely. I tend to gravitate towards pretty things... as marketing is supposed to incite, especially if there's a hideous creature, I'd have probably wanted it even more! LOL Then as the book sat on my shelf, in queue, I found out The Awakening of Sunshine Girl was on the way. So I pre-ordered it and waited. While waiting, I conducted research on Paige McKenzie and discovered: I live under a rock - she's so famous! (an internet sensation!) For The Haunting of Sunshine Girl's Network YouTube channel, click here. Picture I didn't know what to expect with this book. I'd read information on the story, but I did not read reviews; I didn't want to develop a biased opinion. I did like the idea of a girl being a part of this dying yet elite community of demon hunters. It was different and original. AND it wasn't based on YA love. The book, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is about young, adopted Sunshine Griffith. She's moved to a new town with her mother, into a haunted house. Or is it? Everything taunting Sunshine is missed by her mother: a flying owl, Dr. Who (that's been stuffed for years), checkerboard game pieces that move on their own and sounds of someone being drowned... Sunshine feels alone and possibly losing her mind, but there's more to her story... *For the full review of both books: http://tinyurl.com/zk3x9ju **Books are from my personal library for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EnchantedBookNook More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book is based off of the popular YouTube series by the name. The book follows Sunshine as she and her mother move from Austin Texas to Ridgemont Washington following Sunshine's sixteenth birthday. However, from the time Sunshine arrives at her new home, she can feel something isn't quite right. Her house is way to cold, but then again, this is a new climate she just have to get used to. But there's no explaining away the voice of a little girl. No one believes Sunshine expect Nolan, the boy whom she meets in her art class. Together, they unravel Sunshine's past, the history of the little girl haunting her, and how Sunshine must past a test to save her mother from death. As I first began reading this book, it moved way to slow for me, and I considered just stopping and moving onto something else. However, I am actually glad I stuck it out to the end, and now I understand why it seemed to take forever for the story to develop. While I do not think it's a must read, it is definitely opening the door to a potential wonderful series, one that I am very interested to read. Positive Elements: Sunshine doesn't need a lot in the world, she's perfectly happy with her friends and family, and that's all she ever needs. Negative Elements: There's a part toward the end, in which Nolan enters Sunshine's house without anyone knowing, and goes into her bedroom. Spiritual Elements: Of course, ghosts play a major role in the book, the characters also discuss demons and exorcisms. Other Thoughts: N/A
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, but because I watched the YouTube series and it was a disappointment. Thankfully, this book was much creepier (which I love). Sunshine's mother just moved the both of them to a new town and a new house. The house is creepy and Sunshine is convinced that it's haunted. She's hearing noises, coming home to her stuff rearranged, and she's having dreams of a little girl. Her mom remains unconvinced despite all the proof and she's becoming more an more distant. Sunshine teams up with a fellow classmate in order to figure out the ghost situation. First off, I love the plot. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and the creepier the better. This one definitely had the creep factor involved. There were enough ghosty shenanigans and the book just got darker and darker! I didn't like the luiseach thing, though. It added an unnecessary "chosen one" plot that I could've done without. I just wanted an old-fashioned haunting. As for characters, I hate Sunshine's name. It's a fine nickname, but otherwise, horrible name. Anyway, she's an okay character. She annoyed be with her "I'm not like other girls" thing. Especially since she thinks she's different for shopping at Goodwill. Other than that, she's likable and a bit quirky. Nolan, a friend she makes, is a great supporting character. He's a bit nerdy, which I loved, and helped immensely. As for romance, there really wasn't any, though there must be some in the coming books. IN CONCLUSION I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. The ghost story is really what made the book and the ghost story was fantastically creepy! I will be looking into the other books when they come out.
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Good book!!!!!
AuthorJessicaBurkhart More than 1 year ago
Paige and co-author Alyssa Sheinmel did a brilliant job with THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL! YA horror is not typically my go-to genre, but, shallow as it is, I was drawn in by the cover first. I began the book and couldn't put it down. The writing is smooth, the protagonist is original, funny and unique and the plot moves fast. A great debut from Paige McKenzie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good kept my attention
Arazele More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
guacamoleNYC More than 1 year ago
but I think I'll love it because it takes place in Seattle, where I'm from