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Pure Sunshine Booktalk

  • Grades: 9–12

Scholastic Booktalk

A PUSH Fiction book

It’s not about drugs. It’s about finding out who your real friends are, and who they aren’t.

It was the best acid California could produce, each little yellow tab with a sun on it. Pure Sunshine, fire-magic in the brain, and just what Brendon, Kevin, and Will needed on a Thursday afternoon that should’ve been Friday. The world spun around them that night and they joined the manic flight till the peak passed and they started to come down. They crashed at Kevin’s house, then crawled out of bed and back to school in the same clothes they’d already worn for a day and a night. Telling Ryan and Taylor about the night, it sounded so good they all decided to do it all over again that night, all five of them together this time.

But somewhere on the wild ride, Brendon took a turn and found himself alone. His friends couldn’t help him and he couldn’t help himself. Life began to close in on him and he wondered if he could survive. But just when he needed help the most, an angel appeared to lead him home.

It’s not about the drugs, it’s about who your friends really are and how they show you that friendship. It’s not about the goal, but how you get there, the process of becoming, emerging, changing. It’s not about the acid trip called Pure Sunshine. It’s about actual pure sunshine.

This Booktalk was written by librarian and booktalking expert Joni R. Bodart


  • Subjects:
    Growing Up, Individuality, Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, Friends and Friendship