4 out of 4 stars
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My Only Sunshine, is a fictional story focusing on the life journey of a boy named Charlie, on whose shoulders lie the fate of his entire household. He is a 9-year-old child and with a younger brother, Jute. Jute was so young that he only knows a little about what's going on around him. They both do not know their parents and so they lived with their grandparents. The book, written in the first-person point of view, examines the past and future of Charlie. He was charged with underage consumption of intoxicating spirits, public drunkenness, indecent exposure and rape. He was sent to reform school where he became even more notorious. How Charlie made his come back, his discovery and became the source of survival for his entire family, and many more were the focus in this novel by Lou Discher.
This book, consisting of 190 pages has a consistent and natural dialogue which flowed easily, but it wasn't so engaging at the very start. However, along the line, I got into the suspense of what next as the characters began to unfold and the story became so real to me especially at the point when Charlie's uncle, Dan and his girlfriend were introduced in the book.
Although My Only Sunshine was worth reading, it comprises of profane words and some violent behaviours that seemed too much for a story depicting the life of a young child. For example, Charlie's grandmother hitting a detective with a saucepan became a default act for Charlie. When the sheriff fainted, Charlie went to bring a saucepan trying to resuscitate him. These made the book not suitable for children even though the title and cover page creates an impression that it's a book for children.
There was nothing to dislike about the book except for the use of profane words and the violent scenes described above. These are not worth taking a star off for, considering the environment or the background from which the author writes the story. I also think it was efficiently edited because I could not find any grammatical or typographical error. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
I would recommend this book to young adults and adults who likes crime stories and to everyone who would like the reality of what extremes people get to in order to become comfortable and make ends meet.
My Only Sunshine
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