The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

21413855In The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, sixteen year old Sunshine Griffith moves from Austin, Texas, to Ridgemont, Washington State with her adopted mother after her mother gets a new job. They move into a haunted house and it is up to Sunshine to figure out what’s going on and save her mother, though Sunshine is unaware that something bigger is happening. She makes a friend, Nolan, along the way who helps her with research and who turns out to be far more important then she can predict. The book reminded me in some parts of the Beautiful Creatures series, though only mildly. This kind of ghost story has such potential to turn out ridiculous – this is not the case here. The story is wholly believable from start to finish. Sunshine has an honest and non-cliched teenage voice through which we experience the tale. The ending was somewhat predictable, though that did not hinder the enjoyment of the book for this reviewer. The reader, if actively reading and paying attention, can easily figure out who Sunshine’s mentor turns out to be in the very last scene, but it still just leaves the reader wanting the second book to find out what happens next. I would recommend The Haunting of Sunshine Girl for fans of RL Stine or for anyone who just likes solving mysteries, and I look forward to reading the second book, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl.