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(Reel Friends #2)

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A story about discovering who you are, sorting out friendships and family relationships, also exploring what it is like to grow up as a Muslim in Britain.

After winning a local film competition, Sunny and her best friends Kitty and Hannah are off to do a film-making course - in London! Sunny can't believe her dad has let her come on her own (even if he has asked her to phon
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Catnip Publishing (first published February 12th 2015)
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Dahlia
Sep 12, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2015-releases
I'm honestly so mad we don't have this series in the US. Book 1 is supercute f/f and book 2 has a great hijabi MC and they're both perfect for readers on the MG/YA border - which is like the US's #1 weak spot in kidlit - and ???? Ugh. I wish I ran publishing. ...more
Kirsty
So cute. Challenges stereotypes about how women decide to dress. Truly diverse cast of characters. Really eye opening insight into the life of muslim teens in Britain. Really well done and fabulous.
Sophie
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-author
Originally published at: http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....

The second book in the Reel Friends series, Spotlight on Sunny, is just as warm and full of heart as the first. I loved it.

Spotlight on Sunny is a testament to diversity. After Kitty’s story focusing on LGBT issues, Keris moves over the what could possibly be the last taboo in YA: religion. Sunny is a Muslim. She prays, wears a hijab and won’t have a boyfriend unless it’s marriage-serious. She has to deal with the assumptions made
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Rebecca Jo
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is warm, charming, and positive. Issues of race, disability, sexism, and homophobia are tackled both subtly and obviously throughout the story. While Sunny’s problems with Danielle troubled me in the beginning, *mild spoilers* things were resolved in a way that not only acknowledged Sunny’s negative attitude towards Danielle, but touched on Danielle’s Islamophobia as well. *end spoilers* I also really liked the character Will, who became a good friend to all of the girls (and made so ...more
CherryCarrot
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, easy read that's pitched at either old MG or young YA. - more the former, I'd imagine, due to the moralising. While I didn't love Spotlight on Sunny, I appreciated the message it delivered about not judging books by their covers and how this applied to both Sunny and Danielle, and indeed the other characters. An OK three stars from me. ...more
Ellie
Sweet & very readable
Eden Sophia
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good!
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published on my blog on 9th May 2015. You can find it here.

After reading Starring Kitty and loving it to pieces, I had high hopes for Spotlight on Sunny, which, very fortunately, were not broken. This book hooked me from the start and continously kept me entertained, just as I was certain it would. I read this book over the course of two days – and it would have been one if work hadn’t gotten in the way! – because it was both addictive and an incredibly easy read. It w
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Lily
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading
This wasn't exactly AMAZING, but I did still enjoy it. I'm very interested in the area of filmmaking so this book was great in that aspect, though I would have liked to hear more about it (maybe instead of all the romance talk, which I didn't feel added to the story much). I felt Sunny was a really unique character, the story was quite interesting to a person with hobbies like my own, but a few things could have been better. ...more
Louise Jones
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bloody love Keris. Her books are definitely for the younger side of YA, I'd say, but that doesn't stop anyone else appreciating the lovely writing, friendships, and diversity in her stories. Spotlight on Sunny is a lovely sequel to Starring Kitty. I always come away from her books feeling happy! ...more
Stella
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, sweet, funny and touching story for younger teens. Celebrating diversity, friendship, family and growing up. Loved it.
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