Book review – Because of the Sun

DANI FALLS hates everything, which results in Because of the Sun being rather dark. In fact, it gets a bit tedious ­reading the book as she goes on and on.

But be patient, there is a silver lining to be found.

The story begins with the death of Dani's mother who was mauled by a bear. Henceforth, she sees it everywhere and she waits for it to get her too. Her philosophy is "why care". That's the only way she can carry on.

Then, she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had.

Dani is not an easy person to get to know as she fights to hide her hurt.

One day, she meets Paulo, who seems to understand. He had faced unspeakable tragedy but found the strength to go on.

Inevitably, a mutual trust and affection develops.

Along the way, the ice around her heart begins to thaw, allowing in a sliver of forgiveness. And along with forgiveness, comes a step towards a new life.

Exploring the complexity of family, the grace of friendship, and the healing that can only come with the truth, Because of the Sun presents the bittersweet coming-of-age journey of a young girl shrouded in sorrow.