Tween Book Review: Sunny by Jason Reynolds

Hi Everyone!  Its Becky.  I recently finished listening to the audio book of Jason Reynolds’ Sunny book 3 in his Track Series book and here are my thoughts.

35398420.jpgTitle: Sunny
Author: Jason Reynolds
Format Note: I listened to it.

Summary: Sunny Lancaster has spent his whole life trying to live up to his father’s expectation because his mother died during childbirth.  Sunny knows he can never make up for his mother’s death but he wants to be the best for his father.  However, Sunny starts to change how he view his world when his track coach moves him from the mile to the discus.

Review: Jason Reynolds is a master at creating characters that feel real and Sunny is no different.  Sunny is that kid in school that is a little odd but doesn’t really care what everyone else thinks which makes him wonderful. This is that weird kid in the back of the class who breaks into spontaneous song and you love him for it. This is a child who has spent his whole life thinking that he killed his mother and never really understanding why that is not true. His journey to understanding about his mother’s death felt heartbreakingly real.  However, the Sunny’s unique narrative voice may prove to be difficult for some readers.  Sunny is the kid who’s mind is going in a hundred different directions so his narrative often spins off at a mile a minute.  His scattered thoughts and musical interludes make the story feel real but it may be challenge for some readers to follow.  Yet, there is a reason for Sunny story to be told the way Reynolds wrote it and readers willing to hop onto Sunny’s train of thought will be happy with their journey.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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