Because of the Sun
by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Random House Children’s
Teens & YA
Pub Date 03 Jan 2017
I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Because of the Sun Through the publisher and Netgalley:
Dani has learned to tolerate her existence in the Suburbs of Florida, with her brash, seemingly unloving Mother, whose philosophy is why love if it only hurts. Her Mother’s attitude is more carefree where Dani seems to be focused on other stuff, but when her Mother is murdered Dani is numb. The next day Dani plans on going to school not knowing what else to do, but soon a child care worker comes over telling her she would be going to New Mexico to stay with an Aunt whose name she did not even know.
Her Aunt Shelley would rather leave her post it notes than talk to her. When her Aunt finally does talk to her it’s to spew hate at her, so Dani gets out of there walking to a gas station, where she passes out from dehydration.
21 days pass, and then 42, since her Mom died. It was on May.22 her Mom was killed, murdered.
She meets Paulo at his Grandmother’s gas station, and soon they become friends. He talks about taking her to Mexico.
Before long it’s nearly time to start the school year, her Senior year.
In time Dani begins to see a different side of her Aunt, she begins to understand her Aunt was worried and grieving, that she too had lost her sister, and wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt her. She had just been shocked by what had happened, by the fact that her sister had been murdered, and she was now raising a niece she had never met while her sister was alive.
I give Because of the Sun five out of five stars.