Sunflower Touches by Cheryl Oblon
Length: Full Length (235 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea
One more Brady Bunch joke, and I swear I will ugly cry in the corner!
Dad took seven years after Mom died to find the right woman. My stepmom is nice. I have no complaints but one. Like Dad, she has three daughters. If math is your defect, that’s six teenage girls in one house.
At least, we have a new house, but we also have a forced bonding project. It’s not a camping weekend—that’d be lame, but short. We have to share our craft and creative skills as a group to help each other with stuff. That’s what I get for offering to help with decorating this drab house. Even worse, it has to be recorded for the parents.
Add that to school, boys, friends, and our own stuff…when am I supposed to have any fun? I’m glad Dad is happy, but the sister explosion was never in the plan. I’m the oldest. I’m hoping a stepmom will free me from being mini mom. Maybe I’ll find the freedom to pursue my art, spend time with some interesting guys, and enjoy what’s left of high school.
The Brady Bunch was never this interesting.
This is the debut book by author Cheryl Oblon and I’m hooked. These sisters are wonderful. Ms. Oblon writes them like real people. I related to Chloe and could see a lot of her in myself.
The writing flowed well and I didn’t have a hard time following what was going on. Honestly, I felt like I was part of the family. I got the personalities of the various sisters and the secondary characters were great, too.
I liked that Chloe and Cat had gay best friends. The secondary plot of those guys really made the story for me. I hope they get a spin-off tale.
Granted, there are things in this book that might not appeal to younger readers. These girls are typical seventeen-year-olds. They get into sticky situations and it’s heady. Don’t let that turn you off.
If you want a story about real people that you can relate to, then this might be the book for you. I can’t wait for Cat’s story. Great reading!