Review of A Thousand Minutes To Sunlight by Jen White
Name: A Thousand Minutes To Sunlight
Author: Jen White
Genre:Middle Grade, Mental Health, Contemporary
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: April 20th 2021
ISBN-10 : 0374300860
ISBN-13 : 978-0374300869
Jen White’s A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight is a sensitively-written middle grade novel about a girl struggling with anxiety, family secrets, and the meaning of friendship.
Cora is constantly counting the minutes. It’s the only thing that stops her brain from rattling with worry, from convincing her that danger is up ahead. Afraid of the unknown, Cora spends her days with her feet tucked into sand, marveling at La Quinta beach’s giant waves and her little sister Sunshine’s boundless energy.
And then danger really does show up at Cora’s doorstep–her absentee uncle, whose sudden presence in the middle of the night makes her parents nervous and secretive. As dawn breaks once more, Cora must piece together her family and herself, one minute at a time.
A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight is an endearing and revelatory middle-grade novel that is perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree.
A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight gives a new perspective to family mental health issues. It talks about a teenage girl with anxiety and panic disorders.
Jen White’s writing is really fluid and expressive. I really enjoyed how the author has wonderfully portrayed Cora’s character, her mindset, her personality and her thoughts. Cora is indeed a complex character in this story, her thoughts keep contradicting with each other and how she tries to be a child yet an adult at the same time. The conflict between her thoughts, her expressions, the stream of consciousness in the writing, the depth of the characters, and the flow of thoughts are portrayed perfectly.
I liked the writing style alot, it is a bit perplexing but the way the author has personified her inner thoughts and alternatively split the writing between her concious thoughts and unconscious mind aka “Brain”.
A Thousand Minutes To Sunlight by Jen White is an enjoyable read that surrounds mental health problems, friends and family. It will be enjoyed by teens as well as adults. I would give it a 4.2/5 stars because the conscious writing style sounds amazing at first, but gets a bit annoying to read in the middle.
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About The Author:
Jen White writes middle grade fiction. Her second book, A THOUSAND MINUTES TO SUNLIGHT, releases on 4.20.21. Her debut, SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE, has been translated into several languages. She grew up in Southern California and currently resides there with her family. Jen received her bachelor of art’s degree in English and her master’s degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. You can find out more at www.jenwhitebooks.com.