Normally, I'm into dark fiction with a paranormal bend for the older YA crowd. But every once in a while a book that is not in my usual repertoire blows me away. Bring Me Sunshine is refreshing -- a novel for both younger and older readers, it somehow manages to be both heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. There's no love triangle, no vampires, no sex, and no swearing. But it has a lot: it's a story about love and fear and family and illness and responsibility. Who needs vampires?!?