Sunday, 1 March 2015
Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton
A story about discovering who you are, sorting out friendships and family relationships, also exploring what it is like to grow up as a Muslim in Britain.
After winning a local film competition, Sunny and her best friends Kitty and Hannah are off to do a film-making course - in London! Sunny can't believe her dad has let her come on her own (even if he has asked her to phone every day...) Sunny is loving the film-making classes and hanging out with their new friend - lovely, funny Will. Sunny knows that these things don't fit with the future her parents want for her and she starts to wonder what she really wants. And that's not even the biggest thing on her mind - there's also the big secret she's hiding from her best friends...
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Keris Stainton's work. Her books are my sort of books and I also enjoy them. This series in particular has been one I've had my eye on since the first book was announced and after loving Starring Kitty I was very excited to get my hands on this. I actually agreed to read it electronically which is something because I hate my kindle with a passion.
Happily for me this book was exactly what I was hoping for. It was so cute. I loved the messages it had. It openly challenges stereotypes about how women decide to dress and the way people treat women based on what they decide to wear. The book had a truly diverse cast of characters which was awesome rather than being a purely white, straight and able bodied cast.
For me the thing this book did more than anything else was give the reader a really eye opening insight into the life of Muslim teens in Britain. For this reason I think it is a really important book for educating teenagers about negative stereotypes our media is rife with particularly at the moment.
All in all this book is really well done and generally just fabulous.