Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 175
If in their reading, reluctant readers are looking for an emotional experience, then they want the highs and the lows to be packed tight against each other. They haven't much patience with the long drawn out in-betweens. They want struggles where the odds are great and everything is super-sized.
One such struggle, with which most teenagers are now familiar, is the story of Jacquelyn M. Helton, the young mother who learns at eighteen that she has fatal bone cancer. Norma Klein's novel Sunshine is based on the television movie suggested by Helton's journals. Readers, reluctant and enthusiastic, who wept over the movie and watched the resulting TV special, will want to read this touching and unavoidably moving novel. The first person narrative is written in the honest and occasionally introspective style which permits identification with the brave young woman as she struggles to keep alive her hopes and dreams. (p. 93)
Alleen Pace Nilsen, Karen B[eyard-] Tyler, and Linda Kozarek, "Reluctantly Yours, Books to Tempt the Hesitant," in English Journal, Vol. 65, No. 5, May, 1976, pp. 90-3.∗