Friday, 21 February 2014
Review: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler
I first heard about The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky from Holly herself when she revealed the cover, and then invited bloggers to participate in the blog tour. When those interested in a review copy were asked to send in their mailing address I never actually thought I would get a copy to read as it was coming from the US.
One thing that I love about The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is the cover and how much is represents the story inside, seeing the things created within the pages makes it even more easier to imagine it all.
Auggie lives with her Granddad after her Mum took off, and we start The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky with Auggie and her friends Weird Harold, Irma Jean, and Lexie getting ready to start a new school. However this exciting experience is quickly diminished by Victoria, a girl in the new school who looks down upon Auggie, Harold, and Irma Jean. Lexie is quick to jump ship and join Victoria in looking down on others, and what was a great friendship quickly turns sour.
Victoria has a sudden but strong influence over Lexie, and this duo make it clear they dislike Auggie for her social status, and make her feel less than the dirt on the floor. I felt sorry for Auggie having to deal with this, her Grandfather works hard to provide for Auggie but it just isn't good enough in Victoria's eyes, and while I wasn't this poor growing up I can remember what it was like to have others looking down at you for not having the most up to date pair of shoes, or coat, or clothes.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky was a surprise read, you get an idea of what the story is about from the synopsis, but there is so much more to it. The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is about hope and about fighting for what you believe in. About believing in yourself and how a tiny community can work and help each other, but most importantly that beautiful means something different to everyone and as long as YOU believe in it yourself, don't ever let others bring you down or make you feel less than what you or it is worth.
The creations that Auggie and her Grandfather create for their house sound truly fantastic and I would love to see a photo of all the work they did to beautify the house to meet others standards. I loved seeing the neighbours band together and help each other out, and how Auggie gets to see the person behind the house, and behind the persona that they portray.
I don't want to say a lot about what happens in The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky as I really want you to discover what happens in it just like I did. The characters are so easy to love and actually relate to, and when something good happens for them you want to jump up and cheer.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is also the first MG book that I have read, and was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Once I began reading I couldn't and wouldn't stop and before I knew it I had reached the end. Whether you have read any of Holly's work before or not, or even if you have never read MG before, you HAVE to give The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky a try.