My Sunshine Away, M. O. Walsh

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One Response to “My Sunshine Away, M. O. Walsh”

  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    As an eighth grader, the narrator seems obsessed with his beautiful ninth grade neighbor, Lindy Simpson. When someone attacks Lindy on her way home from track practice one evening, the narrator finds himself under suspicion. He tells his story along with those of the other possible suspects in her assault: the juvenile delinquent, the troubled foster child, and the creepy parent. After the assault, he continues his obsession with Lindy, closely observing her troubled life and mirroring it with his own. Entering the awkward teen years desperately trying to attract her attention and resurrect their friendship, he fails mightily until an unexpected event brings them together.

    Evaluation:
    I simultaneously enjoyed and dreaded reading this book. With the Southern gothic pall cast by its Baton Rouge setting and the cloud of suspicion shrouding the narrator, I eagerly read page after page hoping for the best and fearing the worst. The narrator’s candid depiction of adolescent longing and lust provides a realistic portrayal of the hormonal turmoil and confusion of teens emerging from boyhood to enter the confounding world of men. Disturbing, sensitive, raw, and real, “My Sunshine Away” tells a thrilling tale that will have mature readers alternately racing and tiptoeing through to the very last page.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Winger, Eleanor & Park, Paper Towns, I’ll Give You the Sun

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