New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence. Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life. What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again? He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die. Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all. The hard truth about sunshine... Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.
This story is focused on four people who are doing group therapy. Christopher, Jillian, Barb and Conner. They are four completely different people dealing with all kinds of issues. Some more heavy than others but still deep. I liked the premise of the story but I wish we would have gotten everyone's point of view. The story was told in Christopher's point of view which was good but I had some trouble connecting to the others. I would have liked Connor and especially Barb’s point of view. These two had me wanting to reach inside my kindle and hug them once I got their backstory.
This book was a lot different from what I've normally come to expect from Sawyer Bennett. With that being said I did like the story because it touches on the highs and lows of this thing called life. Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. We have cloudy, dark and depressing times and it's ok. This book lets you know it's ok to not be ok. Life can just downright suck at times but do your best to hold on and embrace the good times that will come. I applaud Sawyer Bennett for stepping out and writing a book that was different from her normal genre.
4 Book Corner Stars
*an arc was given for an honest review*