South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf


Looking for a southern contemporary??

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf is a young adult, GLBT contemporary set in Kentucky.

south of sunshineSynopsis:

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. “

My Review:

I was not feeling this book. I read about 60 pages into the story before I decided it was time to put it down.  I wasn’t finding much of a strong plot other than a girl was insta-loving (AKA she was in love before even talking to the person…) a new girl in school. But it wasn’t just that which lead to my DNF decision.

I know a handful of the YA contemporaries are strong in the romance department (and there is nothing wrong with that at all), but I felt like all the main character would think about is kissing/dating both boys and the new girl and just the whole high-school love drama most kids think about at that age. The story and the dialogue was too repetitive. I felt like even though I was a decent amount of the way into the book, I was constantly reading the same thing.  It got annoying pretty quick.

So I inevitably gave this book a DNF (did-not-finish), which if you don’t know, for me, it is NOT a 1 or 0 star rating, but in fact is a NO RATING. I don’t like to give ratings unless I have fully finished a book, but for this one, I just couldn’t keep going.

Too repetitive for me.

More Book Information:

Published: 1 April 2016

Publisher: Albert Whitman

Genre: Young Adult GLBT Contemporary

Pages: 256

How I Read It: Finished BEA 2016 copy from publisher

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