Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review - HELLO, SUNSHINE by Laura Dave

Publisher: Simon Shuster
Pub.Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 3.5 Stars

From Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly), “winning” (Publishers Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

Hello, Sunshine is a novel that speaks of our society today and how it shapes us. When we go into Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. we are showing a side of ourselves that may not be the whole truth. We aren't lying, per se, but in a world where filters rule, can anybody claim that everything they post on social media is the truth. That's kind of what this story is about. Sunshine is a huge YouTube sensation with all types of endorsement deals, book deals, and in talks to be on a Food Network tv show. Everything sounds perfect...but she's lying.

When you lie, sooner or later the truth will come out. And that's exactly what happened with Sunshine. She lost her tv show, the endorsements, and her husband. She's forced to leave everything behind; her apartment, the money, and her wounded pride. I'm the first few pages of the book, we are told that Sunshine is not a good person. I saw a woman who lost herself due to the fame and fortune of becoming a hit YouTuber. I want to say I pitied her, but I didn't. 

The story is not about romance or finding revenge on the hacker who let out all of Sunshine's secrets; it's about finding yourself and not letting a blip on the radar (no matter how big) keep you down. I was able to finish the book in one sitting. It was highly entertaining and I just had to find out who the hacker was. And when I found out, I can honestly say I wasn't at all surprised! Here's to reading more amazing books by Ms. Dave. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


About the Author:
Laura Dave is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City In America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, California.



Twitter: www.twitter.com/lauradave

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