I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Published by Delacorte Press on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.
But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.
Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.
Because Of The Sun was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. It was the first time in a long time I finished a book in a day. From the first page to the last page, I was instantly drawn into the story. There were times I felt like I had to emotionally step back from the book because being inside Dani’s head could be too much but after a couple breaks here and there I found myself finishing the book without even realizing it.
After finishing the book, I’m left with mixed feelings. I thought the story was unique and captivating and above all emotionally draining but in the good kind of way. That being said, this book does contain emotional and physical abuse and if any of these are trigger for you, then I would proceed with caution.
It is hard to explain the plot but it is so unique and tied so well together. Most of the time, I had a hard time trying to figure out where this was headed and where the connection was. Like I mentioned this book deals with emotional and physical abuse, it also deals with grieving and it is done in a unique powerful narrative. There were times when I couldn’t figure out where the story was headed and that was a bit of headache.
I really enjoyed the writing and the way this book was written. It was divided into three parts each playing a unique role in the story and tying it together so beautifully. The way this book is set up it doesn’t have chapters that was a bit hard to get use to but after you finish the book it makes perfect sense as to why it was written this way.
Dani was a character that was hard to like. She was such a mess because of her situation and how she viewed herself. It was hard to read and understand. But I felt from the beginning of the story to the end of the story really grew. I also really liked Shelly and she again was another character who was hard to like but at the end of the story I loved both Dani and Shelly. My favorite character in the whole book was Paulo. I felt like he was the only real likable character from the beginning to the end and I kind of wish he would have had a bigger part in the story but I understand why he didn’t and I absolutely loved that.
Jenny didn’t let the romance part of the story take over (which is incredibly rare in YA) and she also had Dani save herself, which again is incredibly rare now at days in YA. I felt that was what made me like this book a little more. Dani needed to heal herself. Shelly needed to heal herself and they did and they didn’t really need anyone but themselves to do it. And I think that’s why I enjoyed Because Of The Sun as much as I did.
It didn’t completely blow me away and I felt like it left me with more questions then answers but I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed how Jenny was able to weave together three parts that didn’t seem to go together into one beautiful, tragic, heartbreaking story.