Daily Archives: October 3, 2017

Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

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by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

So, there’s nothing really overtly wrong with this, but it doesn’t really have much to say and I just didn’t like it all that much. It was fine, but nothing earth-shattering. As with the first book, Sunny Side Up, the cover and inside flap make it sound like a really light, fun read, when really Sunny is grappling with her brother’s problems again. This time he’s out of rehab and sent off to military school, which he absolutely hates and withdraws from the little sister who adores him and who is crushed at his behavior. There’s also an older girl who moves in next door to Sunny and is teaching her how to twirl a flag like she does in the high school marching band. Sunny also has a best friend who seems boring, but again, no big breakdown or revelation with that; all they do is watch tv together and don’t really have much in common. It’s historical fiction, set in the 1970s with references to pet rocks, tv dinners, Donny and Marie Osmond, and the Brady Bunch, but no real point to them (with the exception of Sunny imagining her family in the Brady Bunch squares, missing Dale – a point that could have been made another way). It took me about an hour to read, so if you’re looking for a quick read and you’re already a Jennifer Holm fan, then give it a go. Otherwise, maybe find something more worth your time.