Thursday, 6 December 2012


Sunlight by Josie Montano (Summer Solstice Publishing)
Ebook RRP $1.99
ISBN: 9781301922321
Reviewed by Nina Lim

It’s hard enough being 16 at the best of times let alone when your boyfriend’s not speaking to you, your Dad is depressed, your Mum is gone, and you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. All this and more is experienced by Paulini during a summer she will never forget.

Josie Montano deftly weaves together a cast of memorable characters. There is the dramatic Greek grandmother, the stern nurses, Paulini’s friends and enemies. We explore how Paulini deals with her diagnoses and treatment, her dreams and fantasies, and the impact that being seriously ill has on her and those close to her. There are several themes running through the story including friendship, love, relationships and life itself.

This book is suitable for teens and young adults. It has serious themes that are explored in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.  Paulini is an engaging character and she will stay with the reader long after they have put the book down.

Nina Lim is an author and creator of fun and fabulous storybook apps, available for the iPhone and iPad.

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