SUMMARY ☆ Because of the Sun


10 thoughts on “Because of the Sun

  1. says:

    This one's tough to rate I'd say 35 is accurate Definitely enjoyed it overallRead the in depth review on my blog Read Diverse Books


  2. says:

    45 or 5 stars I've got to think on it either way this book was amazing go buy it now


  3. says:

    35 starsReview to come


  4. says:

    • Find my reviews here Literary Meanderings From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family the saving grace of friendship and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light Dani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode total numbness Let me first tell you that I devoured this book in 3 hours I took one bathroom break but that is IT I was glued to the pages It wasn't necessarily because it was an edge of your seat type of story but because the protagonist Dani was so hypnotizingDani feels as if she's never had a real place in the world Dani isn't your typical clichéd angsty teenager She's had a tough life thanks to her verbally and sometimes physically abusive mother Her father is absent It has always been just Dani and her mother Until her mother is mauled by a bear and dies a bloody death It sounds harsh but the author portrays the attack with a slight air of aloofness—and slight comedy It is so slight that you may not even notice it but I totally did Like just the idea that your mother is outside sunbathing topless and dies by bear attack It's outlandish really I liked that the author gave me a few smiles with thisDani is sent to live with an aunt she never knew existed Her mother always told her she had no family so the mere existence of said aunt was a shock Moving from Florida to New Mexico is also a shock Dani meanders through the process of moving with silence numbness and disbelief The entire situation has a dreamlike feel to it There is little actual interaction between Dani and her aunt Shelley until almost the end of the bookWhile Dani is in New Mexico she of course meets a boy Now don't freak out Again this author took the story in a different direction than I would've originally thought Instead of going the usual route of boy saves girl from insert something bad or depressing here she simply makes this guy a friend to Dani Yes they share a kiss but this doesn't magically make her get over her mother's death or the confusion that comes with trying to mourn someone who treated you like crap NO Getting through day after day moment after moment making friends getting to know her aunt—and her mom through her aunt—is what helps Dani to healSomewhere near the 23 way point we flashback to the past Aunt Shelley tells us the story of herself and Dani's mother Their life was awful Their mother and father were dysfunctional and some terrible things happened to them This flashback brings to light the reason Dani's mother ended up being the abusive person she was We also learn a little about Dani's father I won't spoil anything here but it all makes sense after you read this You can then play devil's advocateOn a side note Dani sees this bear that killed her mother ALL THE TIME It's a hallucinationdreametc but she sees it and there is a ton of symbolism in why this is so The bear sometimes just stands there menacingly while other times it growls or even speaks I think this gave a strange but interesting aspect to the storyOverall I enjoyed this book so much It is a new favorite of mine I think the characters were well built and the plot was fleshed out nicely Both things were done in a new fresh manner in my experience The story is told in a dreamlike fashion with beautiful prose and wonderful symbolism The book really showcases relationships—those between parents and children husband and wife siblings friends and I appreciated the message I received from the story and the ending was perfect Book source From the publisher for reviewPublisher Delacorte Press• For of my reviews check out my blog • You can also find them via my YouTube channel here


  5. says:

    Actual rating 35 starsThis review was originally posted at received an e ARC of this book from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youCriticallyPlot – 3 out of 5 starsI don’t really know how to explain the plot of this book because it’s not really a common one It was really easy to get pulled into and was really easy to read which means I flew through it It’s divided into three parts with no chapters which was a little hard for me to get used to but made so much sense when I look back This book deals with loss grief violence abuse honestly pain overwhelming emotions and acceptance It’s a little strange but very powerfulWriting Style – 4 out of 5 starsThe writing style is very particular and uniue It’s engaging powerful and intense The author uses a lot of descriptions and details to paint a very emotional and heart breaking picture Some of the scenes were kind of confusing and it took me awhile to suspend my belief and immerse myself in the main character’s perspective But the best thing ever is that there’s Spanish and it’s written correctly which YES However it was italicized which threw me off but I still appreciate itCharacters – 3 out of 5 starsThis story is about Dani and her relationship with her family there’s no way around that Even though I enjoyed the side characters they definitely don’t have that big of a role in the story as a whole We see from Dani’s POV and it’s all about her most of the time I had a hard time connecting with Dani I felt for her and what she was going through but I didn’t feel any connection to her I’m blessed to have never lost a parent and even then I most likely would not feel as conflicted and shut off to it as Dani does She’s angry and sad but also numb to all those things and letting life go on around her She’s practically silent and mute very introverted and lost within herself She’s grieving but not really allowing herself to go through the process completely because she’s full of rage at the same time I loved reading about her growth and her journey through all these tumultuous emotions though She meets a guy named Paulo and his grandmother Doña Marcela and they are so amazing They bring Latinx culture into this story which I really loved I really liked Paulo and his interactions with Dani He understood her in a way that I didn’t and I connected with him on a different level so getting to see him talk and help Dani helped me to understand her better as well Doña Marcela says very little but she’s definitely tough One of those grandmothers with a no nonsense attitude but the kindest soul and touch of anyone else in your life I loved her silent support Finally Dani learns of her family through Shelly her aunt she’d never known she’d had They both struggle so much in this book but I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship and how they slowly began to open up to each other That was definitely my favorite part of this bookEmotionallyview spoilerI wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but it was very powerful and raw I reuested it because of the author since I knew she was Latinx and I’m very impressed with her writing styleThe plot is full of emotion We follow Dani who has a tough relationship with her mom who then dies after being mauled by a bear in their backyard Dani is then sent to live with her aunt that she didn’t even know existed and the grief and anger come with her and haunt her The plot isn’t linear so I find it really hard to articulate how I feel about this book Dani’s story is really heartbreaking and intense This is accentuated by the way the story is formatted This book is divided into three different parts All of them cover different parts of Dani’s journey and have different lengths to each of them This really threw me off in the beginning because I’m so used to reading chapter by chapter that it took me awhile to grasp why and how these parts told the story Right off the bat the story starts with showing us Dani’s relationship with her mom which is not the best and her subseuent death which sends Dani into a tailspin of emotions that she can’t really identify It was so powerful and written in such a way that it hit me and I felt so much for Dani and what she was going through The indecision and all the different emotions she goes through are so intense that she just shuts down and becomes numb to everything around her This was her attitude for the majority of the book which didn’t really help me connect with her but made so much sense to her life and her journey and what she was going through Some of the scenes in this book were really confusing and some even dangerous and life threatening I became really worried about Dani’s health and her well being and she didn’t really receive enough attention on her behavior for the majority of the book in my opinion There’s a very uniue and specific way that the author uses to express and explain Dani’s grief and emotional turmoil that took me a while to get used to and to realize that it was that a depiction of how she was feeling It felt kind of weird and strange at first because it’s not something that I’ve ever read before but I think it was an amazing way to help me understand Dani and how she felt specially since I didn’t connect with her that way She also does things that can really hurt her but not consciously which is where the dangerous part comes in I’m glad she did not die because of them but I think there should’ve been a lot focus on that and making sure she was being healthy much earlier than it actually happened There’s a section in this book where we get a different POV that explains a lot of why Dani’s mom was the way she was and that was freaking heartbreaking and sad and totally necessary for the reader and for Dani to know It’s so crazy how things happen in life and if you don’t process them or deal with them they’ll snowball and affect so many other people along the way I really loved how the author explored that in this book But yeah this book was really easy to read and the ending was uite sweet and very hopeful which made me happy I also have to say that there’s a slight romance here though it doesn’t take a bigger spotlight than it should which I appreciateI’ve talked about Dani a lot above so I’ll try to keep this part brief I found it really hard to connect to her because she’s so disconnected from life around her and from her emotions It’s something that was really hard to read because as the reader it’s so easy to see how much that’s hurting her whether or not she thinks so She gets herself into dangerous situations but also manages to meet a lot of great people who help her and keep an eye out for her She learned a lot of things about her family and where she comes from and made sense of her relationship with her mom I loved her journey and her growth as a character She focuses a lot of on a book called The Stranger which I’ve never read which was a bit frustrating while reading this book but the main character of that book goes through life emotionless after the death of his mother and Dani understands him a whole lot I liked seeing how a book helped her come to terms with how she was feeling and how she wanted her life to be because I feel like that’s true for all of usNow I’ll talk a little about the side characters I really liked Paulo I loved how he made sure to interact with Dani He understood her grief and sadness and managed to make her feel safe in his presence most of the time while still sort of pushing her to feel and to grief and to go through her emotions He’s so sweet and kind and I loved how he spoke about movies Their relationship was really genuine Doña Marcela says very little and yet I felt her presence immensely throughout the novel A strong and supportive figure always there to lend a helping hand with such clear morals and values She reminded me a lot of my own grandma with her no nonsense attitude and her natural remedies to sadness like tea haha I loved how their showed their Latinx culture and how that kind of helped Dani as well in a very particular way Dani meets a few friends in school that aren’t really a central part of the story but I loved how pretty much all of them were Latinx and how frankly they spoke of their lives and their futures They definitely brought some comic relief to an otherwise intense story and I appreciated that Last but not least I liked Shelley I felt for her and her life and how things got so far away from her control which caused her to have a kind of empty life I’m so happy with how her relationship with Dani developed and how they began to lean on each other It was such a great arc and it was my favorite part of the storyOverall I enjoyed this book I definitely did not know how it was gonna be when I started but I’m really glad that I read it I didn’t connect with the main character as much as I wanted but I loved reading about her journey The writing was really uniue and the author managed to explain a lot of things in very special ways I’m interested to read of her books now hide spoiler


  6. says:

    This book is odd?First off I wasn't entirely sold on the beginning of the story It begins with Dani's mother getting killed by a bear In their backyard In suburban Florida I've never been to Florida and maybe there are tons of bears just walking around But I would've been able to find it realistic if maybe it was an alligator? Anyways I decided to look past thisDani is a hard character to enjoyI think Jenny Torres Sanchez had a brilliant reason for creating Dani and a beautiful outcome for her story Unfortunately I couldn't find anything to connect with her in order to finish the book I got about 25% into the story before calling it uitsI'm a little disappointed but this book is certainly not for meDani's disconnection is hard to get through because it's so depressing It's hard for me to read this story when I've been dealing with my own father's passing and maybe if it was another me reading this then I'd enjoy it But sadly I just couldn't finish it


  7. says:

    Check out this review a A with the author and other nifty bookish things on my young adult book blog Here's to Happy EndingsAside from being absolutely obsessed with the beautiful cover of this book those colors mixing together and the simple silhouettes of the people and water tower in the background I was also drawn to the synopsis for this Because of the Sun sounds like such an emotional powerful read full of pain acceptance and looking for a place to call homeAs soon as I picked this book up I was engrossed in it and finished it in a single day It was such a great read and with the length of the book only 272 pages things were paced just right so that it held my attention and made it possible to fly right through this one Because of the Sun didn't even start off slow it jumped right into an interesting and uite bear filled story that set the stage for the rest of the novel I learned not to get attached to people or places long ago To simply get up and go without a care about who or what we left behind Dani lives with her mother traveling from place to place instead of ever really settling down for long They moved often with her mother always getting excited about their new place saying how much better it was than the place they left behind Dani's mother also enjoyed getting boyfriends and drinking alcohol and never really developed much of a relationship with her daughter except to remind her that she only ever ruined her lifeDani has grown accustomed to moving from place to place and never being close to her mother So when her mom is violently killed while outside sunbathing Dani doesn't feel the emotions that one would expect her to She briefly stays with her neighbor and then finds out that her aunt whom she never knew existed would be taking her in and giving her a place to live The only thing that Dani would need to do is move from her Florida home to New MexicoSince Dani is used to moving around she just goes with it She will have a place to stay with this relative she did not even know about I like the idea of nothing mattering not deeply Especially not memories Memories can be just events if we take the emotion away Dani's aunt Shelly doesn't know how to care for a teenage girl especially one who just lost her mother and seems lost in life At first the two of them do not talk much especially when it comes down to Dani's mother Dani goes about her life enjoying summer vacation as much as she can due to the circumstances and starts taking long walks Not accustomed to the summer heat in New Mexico she faints and she meets a boy her age named Paulo when she visits his grandmother's gas station Over the course of the novel Dani spends and time with Paulo and his grandmother and feels a sort of comfort with him because he has experienced a devastating loss as wellAs time goes by and Dani starts to come out of her numbing fog and starts to really process that her mother is gone and that she is feeling so much grief she and Shelly start to talk and Dani learns a lot about what family really isI will admit that there are parts about this book that I thought were a little strange such as the events with the bear that Dani keeps seeing around One of the scenes in the book that featured a bear had me wondering what was going on for a minute but at the same time the bear wasn't just a bear it symbolized something a lot deeper that Dani had to conuer in order to heal so it was an essential part of the storyAs far as characters go while I did have a bit of a hard time connecting to Dani at first I think it was for the best honestly she was numbed by her mother's death and pulled into herself making her a difficult character to figure out and get to know on a deeper level until around the middle of the book where we really got inside her head and started to understand the emotions she was feeling While this would normally bother me about a book in this case it kind of added to the story because she had a lot of issues to deal with It's also through Dani that we get to know her mother a lot better as well as flashbacks are freuent in Because of the SunShelly's character seems closed off when we first meet her but as time wears on we discover why Shelly actually has a section of the book that is told in her perspective and it sheds light on what life was like for her and Dani's mother as teenagers Here's a hint it isn't pretty Although I do wish there would have been interaction with Paulo his character played a really important part in Dani's story and he really added to her Paulo had his own issues to deal with tragedies that we learn about toward the end of the bookThere was so much raw gripping emotion in Because of the Sun and it was a difficult book to read at times but at the same time it wasn't something I could put down I spent hours just in love with Dani and Shelly's stories and the I read the I just felt like I knew their characters on a deeper levelThere was so much character development in this book as it really was a character driven novel Dani has to learn to come to terms with her mother's death and Shelly has to learn how to cope with her sister's passing and having a niece that she has never known Because of the Sun was such a beautiful and emotional read and you can bet that I will adding Jenny Torres Sanchez to my list of authors that I will automatically purchase books from from now onNote I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  8. says:

    The definition of a uiet read and one wherein the magical realism is 100% realism but through the lens of grief and dreams and hallucinationDani's mother is killed by a bear and she's sent to live with the aunt she's never known on the other side of the country It's a sold story about grief and loss one which reminds me a bit of Nina LaCour's WE ARE OKAY in how it's presented as something so solitary and individual and all encompassing But what I disliked was how there's a whole chapter in the end of part two which is just the info dump of backstory It's not woven in well and it made me a little irritated because it could have been done much masterfully The book has a lonely feeling and that's a good thing Torres Sanchez captures a feeling so raw and overwhelming and does so in a way that's authentic and resonates


  9. says:

    This review was originally posted on As Told By Tina My Review Because Of The Sun was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 It was the first time in a long time I finished a book in a day From the first page to the last page I was instantly drawn into the story There were times I felt like I had to emotionally step back from the book because being inside Dani’s head could be too much but after a couple breaks here and there I found myself finishing the book without even realizing it After finishing the book I’m left with mixed feelings I thought the story was uniue and captivating and above all emotionally draining but in the good kind of way That being said this book does contain emotional and physical abuse and if any of these are trigger for you then I would proceed with caution It is hard to explain the plot but it is so uniue and tied so well together Most of the time I had a hard time trying to figure out where this was headed and where the connection was Like I mentioned this book deals with emotional and physical abuse it also deals with grieving and it is done in a uniue powerful narrative There were times when I couldn’t figure out where the story was headed and that was a bit of headache I really enjoyed the writing and the way this book was written It was divided into three parts each playing a uniue role in the story and tying it together so beautifully The way this book is set up it doesn’t have chapters that was a bit hard to get use to but after you finish the book it makes perfect sense as to why it was written this way Dani was a character that was hard to like She was such a mess because of her situation and how she viewed herself It was hard to read and understand But I felt from the beginning of the story to the end of the story really grew I also really liked Shelly and she again was another character who was hard to like but at the end of the story I loved both Dani and Shelly My favorite character in the whole book was Paulo I felt like he was the only real likable character from the beginning to the end and I kind of wish he would have had a bigger part in the story but I understand why he didn’t and I absolutely loved that Jenny didn’t let the romance part of the story take over which is incredibly rare in YA and she also had Dani save herself which again is incredibly rare now at days in YA I felt that was what made me like this book a little Dani needed to heal herself Shelly needed to heal herself and they did and they didn’t really need anyone but themselves to do it And I think that’s why I enjoyed Because Of The Sun as much as I did It didn’t completely blow me away and I felt like it left me with uestions then answers but I enjoyed the story I enjoyed how Jenny was able to weave together three parts that didn’t seem to go together into one beautiful tragic heartbreaking story


  10. says:

    liked the plot of the story but i had a hard time diving into itfull review soon


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Because of the Sun

READ & DOWNLOAD Ú SIGMAENCLOSURES.CO.UK ß Jenny Torres Sanchez

Awkwardness between them is palpable To escape Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat One day she meets Paulo who understands how much Dani is hurting Although she is hesitant at first a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo and Dani begins to heal And as she and her aunt begin to connect Dani learns about her mother’s past Forgiving isn’t easy but maybe it’s the only way to move forwar Check out this review a A with the author and other nifty bookish things on my young adult book blog Here's to Happy EndingsAside from being absolutely obsessed with the beautiful cover of this book those colors mixing together and the simple silhouettes of the people and water tower in the background I was also drawn to the synopsis for this Because of the Sun sounds like such an emotional powerful read full of pain acceptance and looking for a place to call homeAs soon as I picked this book up I was engrossed in it and finished it in a single day It was such a great read and with the length of the book only 272 pages things were paced just right so that it held my attention and made it possible to fly right through this one Because of the Sun didn't even start off slow it jumped right into an interesting and uite bear filled story that set the stage for the rest of the novel I learned not to get attached to people or places long ago To simply get up and go without a care about who or what we left behind Dani lives with her mother traveling from place to place instead of ever really settling down for long They moved often with her mother always getting excited about their new place saying how much better it was than the place they left behind Dani's mother also enjoyed getting boyfriends and drinking alcohol and never really developed much of a relationship with her daughter except to remind her that she only ever ruined her lifeDani has grown accustomed to moving from place to place and never being close to her mother So when her mom is violently killed while outside sunbathing Dani doesn't feel the emotions that one would expect her to She briefly stays with her neighbor and then finds out that her aunt whom she never knew existed would be taking her in and giving her a place to live The only thing that Dani would need to do is move from her Florida home to New MexicoSince Dani is used to moving around she just goes with it She will have a place to stay with this relative she did not even know about I like the idea of nothing mattering not deeply Especially not memories Memories can be just events if we take the emotion away Dani's aunt Shelly doesn't know how to care for a teenage girl especially one who just lost her mother and seems lost in life At first the two of them do not talk much especially when it comes down to Dani's mother Dani goes about her life enjoying summer vacation as much as she can due to the circumstances and starts taking long walks Not accustomed to the summer heat in New Mexico she faints and she meets a boy her age named Paulo when she visits his grandmother's gas station Over the course of the novel Dani spends and time with Paulo and his grandmother and feels a sort of comfort with him because he has experienced a devastating loss as wellAs time goes by and Dani starts to come out of her numbing fog and starts to really process that her mother is gone and that she is feeling so much grief she and Shelly start to talk and Dani learns a lot about what family really isI will admit that there are parts about this book that I thought were a little strange such as the events with the bear that Dani keeps seeing around One of the scenes in the book that featured a bear had me wondering what was going on for a minute but at the same time the bear wasn't just a bear it symbolized something a lot deeper that Dani had to conuer in order to heal so it was an essential part of the storyAs far as characters go while I did have a bit of a hard time connecting to Dani at first I think it was for the best honestly she was numbed by her mother's death and pulled into herself making her a difficult character to figure out and get to know on a deeper level until around the middle of the book where we really got inside her head and started to understand the emotions she was feeling While this would normally bother me about a book in this case it kind of added to the story because she had a lot of issues to deal with It's also through Dani that we get to know her mother a lot better as well as flashbacks are freuent in Because of the SunShelly's character seems closed off when we first meet her but as time wears on we discover why Shelly actually has a section of the book that is told in her perspective and it sheds light on what life was like for her and Dani's mother as teenagers Here's a hint it isn't pretty Although I do wish there would have been interaction with Paulo his character played a really important part in Dani's story and he really added to her Paulo had his own issues to deal with tragedies that we learn about toward the end of the bookThere was so much raw gripping emotion in Because of the Sun and it was a difficult book to read at times but at the same time it wasn't something I could put down I spent hours just in love with Dani and Shelly's stories and the I read the I just felt like I knew their characters on a deeper levelThere was so much character development in this book as it really was a character driven novel Dani has to learn to come to terms with her mother's death and Shelly has to learn how to cope with her sister's passing and having a niece that she has never known Because of the Sun was such a beautiful and emotional read and you can bet that I will adding Jenny Torres Sanchez to my list of authors that I will automatically purchase books from from now onNote I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family the saving grace of friendship and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to lightDani Falls learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt So when her mother is killed in This one's tough to rate I'd say 35 is accurate Definitely enjoyed it overallRead the in depth review on my blog Read Diverse Books

READ & DOWNLOAD Ú SIGMAENCLOSURES.CO.UK ß Jenny Torres Sanchez

A sudden and violent manner Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode total numbness It’s the only way she can go onBut when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school it feels like fate The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her ownDani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had The This book is odd?First off I wasn't entirely sold on the beginning of the story It begins with Dani's mother getting killed by a bear In their backyard In suburban Florida I've never been to Florida and maybe there are tons of bears just walking around But I would've been able to find it realistic if maybe it was an alligator? Anyways I decided to look past thisDani is a hard character to enjoyI think Jenny Torres Sanchez had a brilliant reason for creating Dani and a beautiful outcome for her story Unfortunately I couldn't find anything to connect with her in order to finish the book I got about 25% into the story before calling it uitsI'm a little disappointed but this book is certainly not for meDani's disconnection is hard to get through because it's so depressing It's hard for me to read this story when I've been dealing with my own father's passing and maybe if it was another me reading this then I'd enjoy it But sadly I just couldn't finish it

  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • Because of the Sun
  • Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • en
  • 01 June 2018
  • 9780399551451