Title: Lost in the Sun
Author: Lisa Gruff
Date Published: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Philomel Books
About: The story of a kid who had an accident that resulted to the death of a kid his age. Trent blames himself for the misfortune that happened and continued to deal with his terrible thoughts alone. He scribbled down his thoughts to a notebook he calls “Book of Thoughts”. Then comes in Fallon Little, a girl he has known since he was little. Small town. Fallon has this scar all across her face that no one seems to know how came about. A most unlikely friendship occurs between the two as they try to deal with forgiveness and trust together.
Rate: 3 of 5
Seems as if I had been reading so many deep books that disguise themselves as children’s books! Haha. I have no complains this is a good one. I devoured this book in just three days. I normally read a book for a week but there are just some parts in the book just makes me go, “Wait, I need to know what happens next.”
Trent, the subject and the story-teller of the book, seems to me like the average 12-year old. The struggles of a twelve-year old kid is not really that big when compared to the adults, eh? But what happens if this kid has a bottled-up anger and heartaches inside of him that has rooted from a broken family and an accident that still happens almost a year after? Trust me, that’s not something a 12-year old can deal on his own. No one has to deal with that alone.
The friendship between him and Fallon, for me, symbolizes new beginning for him. Here is this person, scarred, and not just scarred that can easily be camouflaged. It’s a scar across the face. I think Fallon echoed Trent in some places. Fallon is scarred, quite literally. She embodies what Trent should be. A scarred kid, but nevertheless, happy. And still going on in life. She isn’t sorry for herself because that happened to her. Instead she whips up all these fantastic stories about how she got her scar. She doesn’t see it as a hindrance. She sees it as something that just happened in the past. And all things in the past can never be changed. But you sure can change your attitude about it.
I guess that’s it. That ends my thoughts about it. Sorry if this is not a thorough review and just some notes that I was thinking while reading the book. This kind of reminded me of The Thing About Jellyfish, mainly because it is also a deep book about the truth that is children have struggles and woe, too. Sometimes it looks stupid in the adult’s perspective but that’s just it. We all have our burdens in life.
Friendship is a wonderful thing. It’s the most extraordinary thing—it can heal you, it can make new experiences for you, it can make you happy again. Because, after all, who doesn’t like new beginnings with a new friend?
*HEADS UP, SOME SPOILERS*
So why “lost in the sun”?
I’m sure if you read the book you’ll see it. Trent loves baseball. And in one game a team he was rooting for lost because of a ball that was lost in the sun. But, everything that’s lost in the sun can be found again. Just like how Trent Zimmerman learned how to forgive himself and found out that he can start over again.
Do I recommend it?
Kinda yes, Kinda no.
It’s confusing really. But I’ll say yes.This isn’t the average children’s book. This delves in the mind of a 12-year old. (Well, it’s in the point of view of Trent soooo yeah.) So if you are curious on how Trent resolves himself again, well then, go ahead and pick up a copy!
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