South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf (Review)

24346235I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

DNF 25%

Kaycee Jean McCoy has lived her entire life in small – and overly conservative – town, Sunshine, Tennessee. Kaycee wanted to fit in and be accepted, which meant letting herself get kissed by boys. However, when Bren comes to town, Kaycee can’t help but fall for her.

I was really looking forward to South of Sunshine, however, I found it an extremely dull read – hence the DNF.

Firstly, I felt like the characters were just cardboard cut-outs and very two-dimensional with little complexities or personalities which made it very hard to connect with them, or to care about their story. This is important because South of Sunshine appears as if it was heading to be a very character driven novel, so with underdeveloped characters, it was turning out to be a chore for me. There was also some slut-shaming, and bi-phobia which also made it harder to read. Finally, I felt like South of Sunshine was relying on too many stereotypes and it was a tad simplistic for my taste.

Overall, not a book I would personally recommend.

MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆


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