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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

(The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  9,463 ratings  ·  1,623 reviews
Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house... there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is get ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Hachette Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
You might love this book if you love Zooey Deschanel's adorkable-types and the manic pixie dream bullshit, but if you're like me and 1) mute, 2) change the channel every time you see her face on TV, this book will make you want to rip your hair out strand by strand. The main character's name is Sunshine.

I have high standards for horror, and this book doesn't meet any of them. It was a watered-down version of Dark Water (no pun intended) with a sad attempt at using Fatal Frame's photography schti
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ghost Fans, Hauntings Fans, Everyone
I love a well done ghost/haunted house story, don't you?

Some books are just sheer brilliant entertainment, where you are truly in a world of pleasure as the book absorbs you into it's imaginary world. This was one of those books for me and I really did enjoy it a lot. I read it really quickly, with a need to know what happens next.

The author, Paige McKenzie has a very popular YouTube channel centered around the Haunting of the Sunshine Girl. I have never seen it, in fact had not heard of it but
J.L.   Sutton
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Despite the ghostly presences which follow our heroine, I wasn't sure how creepy this was; still, I found McKenzie's The Haunting of Sunshine Girl a page-turner. Sunshine is likable, has a quirky personality and apparently is a Luiseach, beings who aren't exactly human, but have the ability to help spirits pass on. In addition to preparing to help the spirit of a small child as well as her own mother who has been possessed by a water demon, Sunshine is also being recruited to repair a rift betwe ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

That was a creepy little ghost story. I liked it a lot. Sunshine and her mother move from Texas to Washington so that Sunshine's mom (Kat) can work at a better position in the town's hospital.

I loved how the author described them first coming to the house, how all of the houses were so quiet and no one in the yards, no kids. Then they get to the house and Sunshine had a weird feeling about it. All of that pulled me right in.

Sunshine starts school not long af
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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1 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). GAH, I wanted to love this book so badly! The author is so nice and I love her YouTube videos. I really, really, REALLY hope that this book was not ghost written. But hey, it was co written with Alyssa Shimmel so I'm not really sure! The writing style in this book was very conversational and sounded EXACTLY the way a teenage girl
Sarah Churchill
The first third of this book was SO creepy I loved it! A great haunting story in the vein of the movie 'Paranormal Activity'. I liked the main character Sunshine and the relationship with her mother, especially as it changed during the haunting. The guy/love interest (because it's YA, nobody can last a month past 16 without a love interest, obvs) is cute enough, if a little too convenient.

But then the story turned into something completely different. It stopped being about the haunting really, a
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.75 "Creeptastic" (quote from the book) Stars
Review: to come--in short, NOT really scary, and the twists and turns became too involved, and at that point, I became a casual observer, rather than a participant, in this "horror story".

Diane S ☔
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 A fun book that comes with some you tube videos that I kind of fell into, knowing nothing about the videos nor the story. Can see the YA group eating these paranormal stories up, watching the corresponding videos. Interesting storylines, with some interesting characters trying to find their niche in life while delving into the land of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night.

ARC from NetGalley.
Lisa Mandina
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to thank Weinstein Books and Perseus Books for sending me an ARC of this title. I didn't know anything about the YouTube Channel before I found out about this book. I've always enjoyed a good ghost story, and when I was younger, I used to go to the library and check out all the "true haunting" books. About 10 years ago I even went to a couple "real" haunted houses with my younger cousin and aunt and my mom. One was a Bed and Breakfast, called the Mason House Inn that is located in Bentons ...more
Amanda Pearl
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Thank god that's over. You know what's funny, I'm working on a novel myself, and it too is a haunted house book. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is everything I DON'T want my book to be.

The main character is a text book example of a Mary Sue. She's adorkably clumsy, self conscious with her frizzy hair and oh-so-unique thrift store clothes obsession, and never swears because golly gee think of the children! She has odd eyes (of course), her name is weird (Sunshine, ick), and she's destined to be a
Kristen Fowler
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror, teen
First off, I have to say that I picked up this title based on the jacket cover reviews. Wes Craven AND R.L. Stine both loved it? I'm in, 100%. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed.

Now, reading this book was like taking a chilly walk through the evening fog; you feel unsettled, almost anxious at times, and you're just waiting for that hand to reach out and grab you. That creepy feeling at the base of your spine doesn't go away when you close the book for the night, and you certainly don't
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Sunshine and her mother move from Austin, Texas to Ridgemount, Washington, little did she know that her life will change forever. Right from the moment they pull into the driveway of the home they are renting, Sunshine can detect something is not right about it. At night she will here sounds of a child giggling and then crying while other bizarre incidents such as floating objects and rearranged objects in her room scare and confuse her while the house itself is unusually cold and wet.

Ashley Drumm
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paige-mckenzie
Could not put down since I started the first page.. What a great read
In case you thought, like I did, "Gosh darn, that thar is a intriguing and fascinating cover," I would like to state for the record the picture on the front has nothing whatsoever to do with the story. However, the girl on the front is the co-author (Paige McKenzie) and she is also the narrator of the audiobook.
In case you care.

As a story, this book is just meh. It’s got all the standard plot lines (girl moves to new town - it’s the SouthWest desert to NorthWest rainforest for all you Twiligh
Jeannette Nikolova
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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I had a very love-hate relationship with this book. It earned as many stars as it did because it was, as every character just loves saying, simply creepy.

Pros: The setting is really interesting and the writing really comes through in the scary parts. This is the first book in my life that has made me feel like I'm actually seeing a horror movie enfold. I'm not easily scared by movies since I've been a fan of the horror genre for as long as I've been allowed to

Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an e-book ARC of this book from the publishers via netgalley. I've never seen the youtube channel sadly.

This book follows a girl named Sunshine who moved with her mother from Austin, Texas to Ridgemount, Washington. They rent a home they found on craigslist in the little town and right from the moment they pull up in the driveway Sunshine knows there is something off. Everything is foggy, cold and wet. From the very first night, Sunshine hears the footsteps on the floors, the giggling
This was really dumb, but it was also pretty fun. Nothing about it was in any way special or remarkable. The writing sucked. It's supposedly YA but it felt really juvenile. It was soooooo cliche, and I don't think there was a single original thing about it. The characters had no personality, and I don't even remember them anymore tbh. It also felt really dumbed down, as if the author thought teens weren't intelligent creatures. The plot was weak and made very little sense, and the ending was sup ...more
Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)
2 stars

Really bland, predictable and silly. Obviously I was not expecting Thomas Harris-like thrills upon going into a YA horror novel, but this was far too tame. Overall, there were a variety of problems that I had with this story; not just the fear factor (or lack thereof.) The dialogue seemed dated when this story is set in modern day, which often led to a very cheesy, inappropriate comical effect. (To quote little miss Sunshine: "I mean cheesy with a capital C!") None of the characters seeme
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
This my second horror book in past few weeks (the other one was Asylum - read my review here). I've been on a YA horror kick lately, but I may have had my fill. It's highly likely that this is the last YA horrorbook for me in a while.

A quick fun read, with a good bit of mystery, some romance and a mother-daughter dynamic.It's predictable but not completely annoying.
Recommended for overnight travel as it is somewhat of a page-turner. Or, if you're a new creeptastic place and couldn't sl
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
DNF - 13%

I really should just give up trying to read YA...

"You ok?"
"Just klutzy," I nod, rubbing my knee. Later I'll discover a big purple bruise blossoming beneath my clothes. "I could trip over my own two feet," I add.

Wendi Lee
Great ghost story! I know this is based on a Youtube channel, but I haven't seen any of the videos, and think it works well as a standalone novel (well, it's a part of a trilogy, but standalone in that you don't have to reference the Youtube content). Sunshine and her mom, Kat, move to Washington State, and it immediately becomes apparent that their house is haunted. However, Kat can't remember any of the creepy events after they occur, and is staunchly pro-fact, pro-science, so Sunshine's all a ...more
Vilma Iris
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully creepy and suspenseful, eliciting an addictive chill that keeps you feverishly turning the pages.

“A scream so bloodcurdling I can still hear it echoing in my ears.

A little girl’s voice begging for mercy.

A darkness so black, it felt like I’d never see the sun again.”

Paige McKenzie hits the sweet spot by successfully adapting her much-loved, super creepy YouTube series into a novel that touts a great balance of chills and humor. At times, it’s terrifying, other times it’s lighthear
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Haunting of Sunshine Girl' immediately caught my attention because I recalled watching the author's Youtube videos in the past, and thinking they were amusing.
Usually, books by Youtubers do not interest me. But since this one felt like a "proper" story and not just some hastily put together Youtubery tut, I wanted to give it a go. Plus, it's about ghosts, and as you might know I am hugely interested and gripped by paranormal stuff.

The story is told in the first person by Sunshine (although
Alexandria  Ang
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ONE SITTING GUYS! One goddamn sitting, I finished this book in one sitting even though I had tons of schoolwork and tests coming up!

Sorry for the slight exaggeration there, but I had just finished the book and I was freaking out so hard! This book was amazing and that's probably because I love scary movies and watching horror flicks. Want your socks to be knocked off? READ THIS BOOK.

- Very different from the Webseries ~ The book is based off of a Youtube webseries, one that I actually had
***Thank you Weinstein Books and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**

3.5 Stars

I have never seen the YouTube channel this is based on, so I have no clue how it compares. As a book, this was a really fun story.

Sunshine and her mother, Katherine, have just moved half way across the country to Ridgemont, WA. Her mother has been offered a position in the new Neo-Natal unit at Ridgemont Hospital. Sunshine mourns the loss of having her BFF with her all the time and, well, sun
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I love when a book surprises you, as The Haunting of Sunshine Girl did. I expected a mild paranormal, but what I ended up with was a quite creepy storyline that freaked me out on quite a few occasions. I hadn't heard of the YouTube phenomenon surrounding this book, nor have I seen the online clips but in no way did it hamper my reading experience and I really enjoyed it. Sunshine is adopted, just turned sixteen and moving across the country to what is esse
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to say that “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” is one of the most interesting horror novels I have ever read. It has an unexpected blend of ghosts, romance, teen angst, and plot.

I really enjoyed the characters and their arcs. Sunshine especially is a great and likable character who reacts to the extraordinary paranormal situations in a way that most of us would. That being disbelief quickly followed by fright. I won’t give away what else she goes through, but needless to say it isn’t somethi
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is what I would call a fluffy horror book. Aimed at younger readers, it would be the perfect balance of horror and humour.

I love creepy books that will scare me, and while I didn’t find this one to be particularly creepy, there were a few moments that surprised me, with paranormal twists that I didn’t expect. Going into Sunshine Girl, I knew it was going to be about a girl at a haunted house, but
Patty (IheartYA)
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book but I didn't. It seemed very forced and parts were too silly to be believable. I had DNFed it in the past, and I'm thinking it should have stayed that way. Basic writing bores me. The character development and plot were ok but overall the book lacks passion.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
"destiny is inescapable."

This was a good creepy and super cute paranormal book about ghosts. But it was a very young YA story. The narrator may be 17 but I would be okay giving this to a 5th or 6th grader. There's no swearing or intimacy between the characters. It's just a cute, fluffy haunted house story.

I don't plan to continue the series.
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Paige is the teen star of the hit YouTube channel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. What began as a simple “girl and her haunted house” story has grown to a multi-webisode network with stories of zombies, ghosts, Sasquatch and lots of Sunshine! Full of positivity, humor and plenty of scares, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has allowed Paige to spread her unique brand of adorkableness to other teens (an ...more

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