Cover Illustrator : Merete Haseth
Rated : 9 Stars
It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb.
–Robin McKinley - Sunshine - c.2003
At some point in the past I read Sunshine. And I loved it. I don’t remember when I read it, I didn’t review it on the blog or if I did it got lost in one of my moves along the way. I think it was the first time I remember reading Robin McKinley1 .
And I loved it again. It’s such a great book.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again at some point, but I’m very much a character driven reader. If I love, or enjoy, or otherwise appreciate a character I’ll forgive a lot in a book, and Sunshine is very much a character focused book. It is a character study in many ways. There is a plot, and awesome intricate but subtle world-building, but mainly it is the main character, Sunshine, and how she deals with her world. And she is such a real, grounded character. I loved her.
I thought her relationships with the people around her were just so believable and understandable. In short, this is a wonderful book that you should go read, and it has meant that I can never see a Robin McKinley book without thinking “ooohhh much read that”.
The one thing about the book that’s a bit hmmm, is the cover of my copy. It doesn’t really shout “pick me” when you see it on the shelf. Although I do think it has a southern gothic sort of feel to it, so maybe it fits?