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Resurrecting Sunshine

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  59 reviews
At seventeen, Adam Rhodes is famous, living on his own, and in a downward spiral since he lost the girl he loved. Marybeth—stage name Sunshine—was his best friend from the days they were foster kids; then she was his girlfriend and his band mate. But since her accidental death, he's been drinking to deal with the memories. Until one day, an unexpected visitor, Dr. Elloran, ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by AW Teen
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Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.)

“Sunshine is dead. So tell me. How are you going to ‘give her back’?”

This was a sci-fi story about cloning a dead rock-star.

Adam was an okay character, and I liked that he was so torn over whether cloning Sunshine was a good idea. I also liked the way that he stood up for what he believed, even when it got him in trouble.

The storyline in this
Lee Kelly
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blurbed
Official comments:
Thrilling, inventive and heartbreaking all at once, Koosis’ stunning debut about love and loss – and the lengths we will go to for second chances – is impossible to put down and even harder to stop thinking about. I loved this book, and I guarantee you will too.

Unofficial comments:
Ahhhhhhhhhhh this book is amazing and totally ripped my heart out!!
Atomic Staci
Adam is heartbroken and has been trying to drink himself into oblivion for the past year because he can't live with the memories of Marybeth. She was his best friend, girlfriend, and bandmate before she drowned. But to the rest of the world, Marybeth was Sunshine, a famous singer who met a tragic end. So Adam finds himself truly shocked when Dr. Elloran tells him about the Orpheus Proect and how Sunshine can be cloned and resurrected with the help of the memories locked in his brain. With his he ...more
A deep, dark, book that surprises and ultimately delights. Because so much of this book is about grief, it's not easy, but it rewards the reader who is brave enough to confront what we all must confront at some point in our lives. Luckily, Resurrecting Sunshine teaches a lesson about why grief is necessary. A YA novel that asks big questions. I like questions. Especially ones that do not have clear answers. No one in this book is easily pinned down. To me, that is what makes a good novel: comple ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company for sending me a copy!

The writing style of book reminded me so much of I'll Give You the Sun, but kinda like a milder version of it? And if you know me, you'll know that I love love LOVED IGYTS. Which was why I was stuck between rating this book 4.7 stars and 5 stars (I rated IGYTS 5/5 stars). But, in the end, I decided on 5/5 stars because it was truly an enjoyable read.

Another thing I liked about thi
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't awful, but it wasn't a book that I can say that I really enjoyed. It just really struggled to keep my interest, so I spent the majority of it feeling quite bored. It dragged in areas because of it, unfortunately.

Overall, Not a very enjoyable read for me.
Heather Moser
Maybe 2.5 - 3 stars. 😕
Kris Mauna
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed Resurrecting Sunshine. It was a captivating story that deals with grief in a beautiful way.

"And what about you, Adam Rhodes, orphan, lost your bandmates, lost the love of your life? You're still standing, aren't you? You chose to survive."

Adam awakes from a dream/nightmare about his girlfriend, who passed away almost a year ago. It's clear that Adam is still grieving as he immediately reaches for alcohol to numb his pain.. And that's pretty much all we know abo
Chelsies Reading Escape
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-books
This story had exciting parts and an enjoyable layer of mystery. I predicted the major twists which was kind of disapointing but I liked that I was never sure if I could trust the scientist or if the cloning was really going to work. However I recently read a fast pace cloning story written by an indie author and I think this book just didnt live up to it. I know I shouldnt compare books but I cant help it sometimes.

This is more of a character driven story and for the most part I felt indifferen
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I have so much love for this book, and for so many reasons. First off, I’ve always been drawn to stories that take science fiction constructs and apply them to the here-and-now. In the case of Resurrecting Sunshine, Koosis uses the concept of cloning to explore big questions, like, just because we can play god and bring someone back from the dead, should we? Or, how do we decide who gets a do-over, and what happens if the clone deviates from the original? Important questions, which collectively ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Simply Amazing!

I love stories that stay with you way after you finish the last page. Stories that transcend the pages and keeps you thinking about it. this is one of those!

In Resurrecting Sunshine, there is Adam, a boy whose life had spiraled down since he lost the girl he loved; and there’s a promise from the mysterious Dr. Elloran: they can bring her back. But should they? Will Sunshine (or Marybeth for Adam) will be the same?

The premise is fascinating, and the novel didn’t disappoint me. It
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. I'd never liked sci-fi resurrection stories, so the plot didn't really agree with me. I did like the character development though, and I enjoyed watching Adam grapple with life and the meaning of death as he helped to bring Marybeth/Sunshine back. ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully crafted & one of the most moving and thought provoking YA novels I've read in a long while. ...more
T Grace
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Resurrecting Sunshine is a riveting book, that keeps you guessing what the outcome will be in a high stakes story of loss of what we hold most dear and how we might survive it. I read it on vacation and it was the perfect mixture of entertaining fantasy (secretive science projects on a gorgeous hidden island), characters I came to understand and care about, and a mystery that keeps unfolding. I don't want to give too much away as the continual surprises are part of the pleasure of the book. But ...more
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks!)

Overall, I wasn't completely impressed with this novel. I think there was something missing from it that I needed for me to like Resurrecting Sunshine more.

Resurrecting Sunshine is about Adam and Marybeth. Marybeth became the famous singer, Sunshine, after her friends died. However, Marybeth drowns and leaves her boyfriend, Adam, grieving. In the present, Adam is told by a scientist that Project Orpheus is making a cl
I received this E-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

“… we’ve gone past grief, past sadness, into a place of greyness, nothingness, limbo. A place where we don’t even have each other.”

This book was time consuming and worth every single second that I spent reading it. It takes up the themes of loss, of loneliness, creates a world where the impossible is made possible. Its set in the future where cloning and memory-implantation techniques exist. The protagonist is a guitarist (Adam)
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Just the premise of the book fascinated me. Everyone loves a good depression and cloning story. No? Just me. Ha, well this was a unique vision that enticed me from the get go. Adam and Marybeth were foster kids, who suffered a lot. Suffered so much, in fact, that Marybeth turned into Sunshine and started getting up on stage and vocalizing her suffering to other people, so deeply that she became a rockstar over night.

The worl
Margot Harrison
Resurrecting Sunshine is a quietly devastating book that explores the potential consequences of human cloning through the story of one boy who wants to bring back his lost love. It reminded me of a Charlie Kaufman movie in its character-driven approach to speculative concepts, and that's a very positive comparison for me!

The world is grieving Sunshine, a rock star who struck a universal chord, but band member Adam is grieving Marybeth, the girl he grew up with and tried to protect. She transform
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Resurrecting Sunshine is a wonderful book about not only grief and loss (and cloning), but about memory, existence, and what makes us who we are. It goes beyond the question of "Can we really bring back the people we've lost?" to tackle the even harder question of "Should we?"

Koosis creates a very real and complex character in Adam -- damaged, struggling with alcohol addiction, and somewhat prickly at times ... but also thoughtful, grief-stricken, and wanting to do the right thing by Marybeth, a
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I received a copy of this from netgalley for review.

Resurrecting Sunshine is a book about a boy named Adam who was a famous musician as a teenager, but lost the love of his life, Marybeth/Sunshine. He is a wreck and does nothing but drink until a doctor shows up at his door saying that she can change his life. Does he want Sunshine back?

Adam is flown to an island to undergo all kinds of simulations for memory. The doctors were able to clone Marybeth with her DNA, but they need his memories to h
Kathy MacMillan
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This stunner of a story has largely flown under the radar, which is inconceivable to me. With its ethics-stretching premise and compelling plot, this book is ideal for bookclubs and classroom discussions: it’s a page-turner that keeps you engaged from the start, it’s got an ending that readers are sure to have strong opinions about, and it’s even in paperback, making multiple copies affordable. Get on this, teachers and librarians! Adam is a flawed, emotional mess, his voice keeping the science ...more
Myra Akram
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, arcs-netgalley
This was a slow read for me at first but once I got the grasp of the concept I had to finish this one in one sitting. The name of the novel "Resurrecting Sunshine " was way more literal than of any other book I have ever read. This book is about heartbreaks, hope, love, friendship, second chances and so so many emotions that we can't comprehend. Adam had a perfect chance to bring his love back to life, to give his love a second or maybe the first chance that was taken away from him. But at the s ...more
Hart Johnson
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marybeth's death undid Adam. He has fallen into a bottle and avoiding the world. Until a woman shows up with an unheard of offer--Marybeth, known to the world as Sunshine, spent time in a coma and many of her memories were downloaded. Cloning technology has advanced and with Adam's help to fill in the blank, they believe they can brings Sunshine back.

That is the premise, and the idea of cloning technology and what makes a person who they are is explored at the most personal level. The themes exp
Kimberly Sabatini
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
Resurrecting Sunshine is my favorite type of books--it's a story that makes you think. And it lingers with you long after you've closed the cover. On it's surface, Adam may seem like he's caught in the middle of a debate about the ethics of cloning (interesting in and of itself) but the questions raised by Koosis are much more complicated than that. As we follow the story of Sunshine's life and death, we being to ask ourselves about second chances, forgiveness, acceptance and love. And as it alw ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a book with an unusual and interesting premise. The writing was nice and flowed easily. This was a book that sucks you in for sure. I enjoyed it. I don't necessarily like how some things go in the story but it was an enjoyable and easy read that I think will appeal to lovers of YA.

I received this from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Holly Hughes
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read
This book is so well written you'll be sorry when it ends. ...more
Actual Rating: 2.5

I don't know. The concept was really intriguing and it's not that it wasn't pulled off well, but I think I found the characters hard to connect to. Adam's character felt flat to me-- there wasn't much to him besides loving Marybeth. And Gen was cool but the romance between her and Adam felt like it was there because What Would A Book Be Without A Love Interest *eye roll* more than actual chemistry between them. Their relationship would have been 1000000 times more compelling a
Leslie Stokes
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2020 added it
Shelves: ya
This is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story about grief and regrets. When Sunshines dies, her boyfriend is left in anguish and alienated by his fame. Adam is alone in his mansion drinking himself numb. The arrival of Dr. Elloran with news that they are in the process of cloning Sunshine gives Adam a second chance at love.

The process of implanting memories into the new Sunshine requires Adam to relive his memories. These memories show us the behind-the-scenes story of how pain and personal trag
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Resurrecting Sunshine is a wonderful book about not only grief and loss (and cloning), but about memory, existence, and what makes us who we are. It goes beyond the question of "Can we really bring back the people we've lost?" to tackle the even harder question of "Should we?"

Koosis creates a very real and complex character in Adam -- damaged, struggling with alcohol addiction, and somewhat prickly at times ... but also thoughtful, grief-stricken, and wanting to do the right thing by Marybeth, a
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LISA A. KOOSIS is an award-winning short story writer, whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Family Circle, The Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Hugo-nominated Abyss & Apex. Lisa is a member of the SCBWI, an ambassador for National Novel Writing Month, and an active member of her local writing community. Her debut YA sci-fi novel, Resurrecting Sunshine, was released ...more

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