THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie & Alyssa Sheinmel {Review}

THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Paige McKenzie & Alyssa Sheinmel {Review}
by Alyssa Sheinmel, Paige McKenzie
Published by Weinstein Books on March 24, 2015
Genres: Paranormal
Provided by: Publisher
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This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.”

YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…


The Haunting of Sunshine Girl starts with mysterious ghostly laughter late one night. The laughter quickly turns to horror. It seems Sunshine Griffith has moved into a house haunted by many evil spirits. Trust me – these spirits will haunt YOU, too. I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page.”

— R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“Sunshine’s adventure is filled with bumps in the night and shadowy figures, alluding to a larger mystery and larger world that has plenty to offer imaginative readers who grew up on Goosebumps and the like. Suspenseful, exciting and endlessly entertaining.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Sunshine’s story started as a YouTube series, and this creepy, suspenseful story condenses the plot of the original and offers a more polished voice than the videos. Existing fans won’t be the only ones eager for more of this strong but vulnerable heroine just awakening to her potential.”

— Booklist

“Enthralling! Shivers of anticipation creep up and terrifying, ancient revelations come thick and fast. Sunshine Girl is a win­ner for fans of teen horror!”

— Anya Allyn, author of The Dark Carousel series

“When teen prodigy Paige McKenzie sets her mind to do something, she does it big time. Things that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book. Read it if you dare, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

— Wes Craven, Filmmaker


THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL is one of those books that you’ll pick up and won’t be able to put down. From its instantly likable heroine to its suspense-filled mystery, the pages will fly. It’s a story that’s spooky and fun, utterly enchanting and absolutely adorable. And it’s also a bit of a nail-biter – one that will frequently tempt you to take a sneak peek at the last page to see how things end.

Sunshine was always a little bit different. Not that she minded. She saw absolutely nothing wrong with loving all things vintage, with being hooked on the writing of Jane Austen, with having a stuffed – as in taxidermied – owl, and with having a mother for a best friend.

But when she starts hearing and seeing things in her new house that she can’t pretend are caused by anything but a ghost, she starts to think that maybe being different isn’t such a good thing after all.

With her mother’s job keeping her busy and her refusal to believe in a paranormal explanation, Sunshine is thrilled to find someone who does believe her and is willing to help. Especially someone as cute as Nolan Foster.

And with her mother acting weirder and becoming more distant, and the ghost becoming more agitated, she’ll need all the help she can get to find answers. Answers that even she may not want to believe. Answers that threaten to turn her life completely upside down. Answers that could mean the difference between life and death.

The authors have turned this YouTube series into a fast-paced, captivating and at times spine-chilling tale. They’ve created a story that ensures that readers won’t have to have watched a single episode to fall in love with their incredibly addictive ghostly mystery. They’ve given readers a charming, if reluctant, heroine whose frizzy hair, slightly old-fashioned speech, dress and interests, and awkwardness around the boy she likes, make her positively delightful, easy to connect with and someone they’ll want to root for.

THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL is super-quick and wildly entertaining page-turner of a read. It’s the start to a series that promises to be equally as enjoyable, if not more so. And it wraps up in a way that will satisfy while teasing what’s ahead for Sunshine in the next installment.

Readers who love their supernatural mysteries with a touch of humor, a quirky and lovable heroine, and an outcome that will keep them guessing, will not want to miss the fantastic start to this new series.


  • The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube Channel that started it all can be found HERE.
  • To read an excerpt interspersed with videos from the channel, visit HERE.
  • Check out the book’s trailer on Today, HERE, or watch below.

  • To catch an interview with Paige McKenzie on Today, CLICK HERE or watch below.



Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.