“A Cold Day in the Sun” is a fresh take on the coming-of-age story


Hannah Smrcka, Editor

The book “A Cold Day in the Sun” by Sara Biren is a wonderful story about a female hockey player on the boys’ team. Through the book she must overcome many struggles relating to this and overcome personal fears with hockey, friendships, societal prejudices against her, and giving all her might into the things she does.

The main character, Holland Delviss, was a well-written, intriguing, and believable character. As far as characters go in the novel overall, I’d give the characterization 4.75/5.

The writing style of the book was fair. It was not my favorite, but it wouldn’t be too hard a read for younger readers. It seemed to be targeted as a read for someone around my age, but the reading level felt too easy for most people around my age group. The word choice was a bit elementary at times. The writing wasn’t particularly bad, though, just simple. For those reasons I’d have to give the writing 4/5.

As far as the story itself, I really enjoyed it and would give it a 5/5.

As far as sequels go, I would read a sequel to this book. It was a rather quick read and I’d suggest it to anyone looking for a chill-weekend-in kind of book.

Overall, I’d give the whole book a 4.5/5. Holland Delviss doesn’t fit into the normal annoying main character in a coming of age book. She’s not a Holden Caulfield. She doesn’t have the overwhelming problems that only affect a small percent of people. She’s not just a bratty teen. She still has her flaws like a normal person, but she has normal people problems. And normal life problems. There were very few things that needed a lot of fixing, and I would recommend picking up a copy of this book.