Finished Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez. I received a copy for review.
Dani’s mom is killed suddenly–she’s mauled by a bear. Dani ends up having to leave Florida to live with her aunt in New Mexico (who she didn’t even know about; her mom was estranged from her family). She meets a guy and learns why her mom was the way she was (and why she never talked about her family).
This is a really odd book. I don’t mean that in a bad way (it’s very beautiful and very sad) but this is not really a straightforward narrative. Dani imagines the bear that killed her mom is coming to kill her too, and so the bear keeps popping up, but it’s rarely scary.
Dani also reads The Stranger, and that’s a decent chunk of the story, too. Initially, she’s just as detached as that main character, which makes for an interesting parallel.
I enjoyed this novel but if you like linear stories where everything is immediately clear and obvious, this is not for you. The reader is expected to do some of the work here.