This is a book with an unlikeable main character. In fact, most of the characters are unlikeable, except for Sunshine’s cute niece. This makes for an interesting book. As a reader, I kept wondering, “Why is Sunshine like this? Why has she made all these terrible decisions?”
Lying, and what happens when your lies are exposed, is the center of the book. In Hello, Sunshine, Dave exposes how living a lie makes Sunshine confront her past and her future. Sunshine is a successful culinary star, but the kicker? She can’t cook. When she gets hacked and her secret is exposed, her life immediately falls apart.
It was a fast and interesting read, but it wasn’t super impactful.
VERDICT: 3 stars
Alexis: Read 11/28/18
“I said to him that just because you can’t remember, doesn’t mean the past isn’t out there. All those precious moments are still there somewhere.”
This is a poignant story of love and grief. This is a story of first loves, final loves, and dying loves.
Winman’s writing style is gorgeous. It’s simple yet raw and peppered with beautiful descriptions and lyricism. Throughout the book, her lack of quotation marks echoes Ellis’ silent grief.
I love the recurring motifs of the color yellow and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Nora, Ellis’ mother, is impactful and realistic, and she sticks throughout the story in the minds of both Ellis and Michael as a reminder to stay true to themselves.
Both Ellis and Michael are realistic characters. Ellis deals with his emotions by withdrawing and keeping to himself, while Michael deals with them through writing. Without giving too much away, both of them end up being more similar than either of them thought. Tin Man is an aptly named book.
I love that this book addresses the importance of art and writing, as said by Nora: “Painting flowers as a sign of friendship and welcome. Men and boys should be capable of beautiful things.”
My only criticism is that Annie does not feel as vibrant as all the other characters. I loved her introduction scene, but I wanted to understand her relationship with Ellis as deeply as I understood Ellis and Michael’s relationship.
All in all, this was a beautiful and quietly harrowing read that I highly recommend.
VERDICT: 5 stars
Happy Throwback Thursday!
Anna: Harry Potter ignited my love of reading. I dressed as Hermione at The Deathly Hallows book release party at our local Barnes and Noble, where I was interviewed on TV and predicted that Harry was going to die. My favorite character is (book) Ron. I think this is because I value loyalty in relationships so much, which is why I’m such a strong Hufflepuff.
Alexis: I dressed as Luna at the same book release party, complete with homemade radish earrings. Twelve-year-old me was super excited to stay up after midnight reading. When I was interviewed, I was asked, “How long will it take you to finish this?” My answer: “A couple of hours.” He didn’t believe me. My favorite character is an unpopular opinion: Harry. I’m glad to be a Hufflepuff because my school colors were also black and yellow and I love sunflowers!
Anna: Fun fact: Alexis is the fastest reader I know!
We’d love to hear what you love about Harry Potter!