Friday, 1 April 2016

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.
South of Sunshine
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

South of Sunshine“What I want is for Bren to press her lips against mine. To see if kissing her is different than kissing the boys I’ve been with.”

This was an okay story, but the pace was a little slow for me.

Kaycee was an okay character, and it was regretful the way she felt she had to hide who she was because the people of her town didn’t agree with people being gay.

The storyline in this was about the romance between Kaycee and Bren, and the way the rest of the town turned against them once they realised that there was more than just friendship between them. It kind-of annoyed me how homophobic the town was, and it didn’t seem fair the way Kaycee and Bren were targeted.
There was some romance in this, but it did take a while to happen, and the slow pace made the book drag a bit for me.

The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was pleased that Kaycee and Bren found themselves in a not-quite-so-difficult situation.

6 out of 10

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