Monday, 6 June 2011
Review: Secrets at St Jude's - Sunshine Girl by Carmen Reid
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Released: April 7th, 2011
Grade rating: A-
The St Jude’s girls are taking a super-fun trip to visit Gina’s amazing LA home, but there are upsets and excitement for Gina, Niffy, Amy and Min this term. Will Amy finally find out who her mother is? And will Gina decide between her two love interests? And what about Min – is she just getting too wrapped up in her crazy science discoveries?
I think this is my favourite St Jude's book so far; they really are getting better and better! I laughed till my sides hurt at some of the things the girls got up to, and I was right there with them when something went horribly wrong. That actually happened quite a lot, which I know is hard to believe. When Gina, Niffy, Amy and Min go on their travels together, you can guarantee nothing will go to plan!
Gina invites Amy, Niffy and Min to stay with her family in California, and of course they all go. Niffy makes friends with Gina's practical joker of a little brother (I see a double-act in their future), Amy gets into hot water with one of Gina's friends (eek!) and Min makes an exciting discovery of the wildlife variety thanks to her interest in science. She's destined for greatness, there's no doubt about it.
In Sunshine Girl, the girls are very indecisive. Gina is choosing between two boys (poor Dermot!), and Amy is trying to find someone to like. Min is the only one with her head firmly screwed on. The drama is this book is definitely ramped up a notch, but I think that's realistic of teenagers. Everything seems magnified - whether it be a break-up or a crush - and Carmen Reid does an excellent job of tapping into those teen years.
I really enjoy this series and I hope it continues for a few more books. It's fun an light-hearted, and each and every character is easy to like and relate to. All I'll say is that I hope Gina comes to her senses soon - she made a very rash decision that I think she might regret. It's a shame I have to wait for the next book to find out what she decides to do!