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Book Tour Review: A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight – Jen White

I was so excited to see a blog tour for A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight on Xpresso Book Tours’ website. I read that this book deals with mental health, and I’m always eager to read books regarding this subject.

What is A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight about?

Author: Jen White

Release Date: April 20, 2020.

Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Genre: Contemporary, Middle-Grade

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Jen White’s A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight is a sensitively-written middle grade novel about a girl struggling with anxiety, family secrets, and the meaning of friendship.

Cora is constantly counting the minutes. It’s the only thing that stops her brain from rattling with worry, from convincing her that danger is up ahead. Afraid of the unknown, Cora spends her days with her feet tucked into sand, marveling at La Quinta beach’s giant waves and her little sister Sunshine’s boundless energy.

And then danger really does show up at Cora’s doorstep–her absentee uncle, whose sudden presence in the middle of the night makes her parents nervous and secretive. As dawn breaks once more, Cora must piece together her family and herself, one minute at a time.

A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight is an endearing and revelatory middle-grade novel that is perfect for fans of Counting by 7s and Fish in a Tree.

What did I think of A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an inspiring story. Jen White did a great job in portraying mental health issues and how people and their environment handle this.

Cora is an interesting character to follow throughout the story. In the book, we get to see her struggle against her ‘talking brain’, which was very fascinating to discover. White made Cora into a complex character, which the reader can connect with and understand.

I love how Cora’s friendship with Patrick eventually grows and how she begins to see things in another light. That she can actually make friends and maintain them. The adventures she goes on with Patrick, are lovely to read.

The story about uncle Richie was one I would’ve loved to read more about. I would’ve loved to know how the two of them bonded together later on. That was an aspect I missed in the story. The ending was rather rushed on that part.

The writing style was easy to read, yet very fascinating.

I love how White talks to the reader at the end of the book and provides sources to go to if you’re struggling.

I think A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight is a wonderful story about mental health, family and friendship.

Thank you to the author and Xpresso Book Tours for the free e-copy. This in no way affected my opinion.

Who is the author behind A Thousand Minutes to Sunlight?

Jen White writes middle grade fiction. Her second book, A THOUSAND MINUTES TO SUNLIGHT, releases on 4.20.21. Her debut, SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE, has been translated into several languages. She grew up in Southern California and currently resides there with her family. Jen received her bachelor of art’s degree in English and her master’s degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. You can find out more at

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There’s also a tour wide giveaway you can join! Be sure to check it out here.

This blog tour is organized by Xpresso Book Tours. This blog tour runs from April 19th until April 23rd. You can find the tour schedule here.

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