Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up by Marion Roberts
As the hot Australian summer draws to an end, eleven-year-old Sunny, content to be an only child with amicably divorced parents, finds her life getting much too complicated when her mother's boyfriend moves in with his two children, her best friend begins to develop an interest in boys, and she is contacted by her long-estranged grandmother.


Kirkus Reviews said...

...Roberts's glib, tangential, first-person narrative promises-and delivers-moments of charming girlhood transition and pathos.

Jennifer Ralston/School Library Journal said...

...Character development is strong, as the girl is quick to observe and comment on the people in her life, and the setting forms an interesting backdrop. Small black-and-white photos are liberally scattered throughout. While the novel will appeal to those who like introspective first-person narration, the frequent tangents can be distracting. Not a lot really happens, but that is not the point. It is Sunny's personal journey that matters.