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So yeah, her moving and having all these conveniently nice people living next to her was highly unrealistic. The three stars comes in with the middle portion. It's still not very realistic, but at least things made a little more sense.
She was actually working to get her face and name out there, and she managed to get some work out of it.
I kind of absolutely hate her for being so idiotic with her money, though. Especially if said credit card is only there to help you make rent and groceries and shit. Aside from that, the middle portion was my favorite! They go to the pier. She does karaoke in Koreatown. These are things that are staples of living in the area, and I liked that the book highlighted them. Becca learns a lot more about the business and I appreciated the effort. The ending that warranted the two stars It was completely out of left field and totally unneeded--if anything, it took away from Becca's story so close to the end of the book.
Weird as all get out. Jul 29, Mehsi rated it did not like it Shelves: cover-lovefor-girls-one-shelfwarning-english-booksvacationtwinkling-starslights-cameras-action. No, and more no. Hello, Goodbye. Other than that I am still on vacation and I frankly don't want to think of this book any more, so I will just make a list of reasons why I didn't like this book, or actually, the MC.
Um, girl, you need a an apartment b furniture c stuff for your kitche 0. Um, girl, you need a an apartment b furniture c stuff for your kitchen d food e rent money f reserve money in case of a big purchase g money to do your laundry h do I need to go on? Anyway, it seemed that this girl didn't realise at ALL that she may not make it with that money. If anything she probably thought she was just going to stroll into an agency and BANG job.
Yet, a month or so later she steps into the car of a guy from a theatre show she barely knows. But hey, he is hot. So that is OK? But it isn't until the moment that things really go sparkling that she rejects him and calls for the ex-boyfriend card. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe it is different in America, but here the playboy magazines and such are high up in the shelves in stores, but they are still visible.
She gets a dollar tip and spends it on a fucking shirt. I can imagine you may want to buy something fun, but really, you need that money for rent. And buying one little shirt when you could use other things Yep, she is poor as dirt, but hey, just do it. While making a comment about buying jeans and oysters What the fuck is wrong with this girl?
Is this a normal thing? To just grab a credit card and spend the money? You have to pay it back Which she does, but really, I am worried about that an 18 year old can just get credit cards and do stuff like this. There is one or so mention of her having done acting in High School, but given how clueless this girl is throughout most of the book about acting, about agents, about anything actually it seems to me more that it is just a little fling.
Something that came up when she got rejected by all the colleges. She did zero research. She just bases her stuff on someone she knew in school. Girl, please. Focus on your own life. Man, I liked him the first few pages, Hello Sunshine, but after that I just wanted him out of the story, but sadly our MC just keeps on thinking about him. The guy stalking her? He was keeping an eye on her and wants to offer her a thing at his new agency.
Magically handed in with a recommendation letter by her friends to the college of her dreams. Which btw is also coincidentally the one her neighbour and love interest is going to.
Also the teacher there knows all about Becca. She kept lying and lying and lying some more. I don't like that at all. Her mom even send her money to help out with the cost of applications apparently that costs money. Oh, good lord girl I could go on a bit longer, but I think I got most points. This was a book I was really looking forward to, but sadly it was not meant to be.
Maybe next time with a more sensible, acting her age MC. Jul 16, Cristina Girl in the Pages rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-contemporaryreleasesarc-kindlecategory-young-adultreadsource-netgalley. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing a review copy! I have such a soft spot for Leila Howland's Nantucket series, so I was thrilled to see a new book by her, although set on the West Coast.
My NetGalley request to read Hello, Sunshine was approved with perfect timing as I had just listened to Leila's podcast interview with Sarah Enni on First Draft, and learned about her time spent as an aspiring actress herself. It set the stage perfectly for my reading of Hello, Suns Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing a review copy! It set the stage perfectly for my reading of Hello, Sunshine as I felt more connected and as though I had more intimate insight to Becca's journey to stardom in Los Angeles.
While a bit of an unbelievable premise in some ways, it's refreshing in its realism in portraying Becca's struggles. From her dingy studio apartment to her cheap Ikea furniture to having to negotiate how much food she can afford, I appreciated that Leila didn't shy away from how hard it is to support yourself when you're young, especially in California where rent- and just about everything else- is crazy expensive.
I enjoyed reading about Becca's gradual understanding of how to balance working, financial responsibility, and acting and it reminded me of the determination and grit that Cricket has in the Nantucket series. I knew breaking into the industry was hard I knew many people in college trying to break into it from all angles- directing, producing, acting, etc.
I appreciated that Becca also learned she needed to pay her dues and never acted like a part or role was beneath her- she was always genuinely enthusiastic and honored to have the chance to be selected for any part.
Another element of this book that I really enjoyed was the support system that Becca finds in Los Angeles. Raj and Marisol, neighbors in her run down apartment complex, become more than casual acquaintances and they genuinely go out of their way to support each other's crafts and dreams.
While I found the "big reveal" about one of them toward the end of the book to be a bit distasteful the novel showed how a strong support system is essential when embarking on your own, and it doesn't always have to be made up of the most conventional people or relationships. Overall: I couldn't put Hello, Sunshine down once I started reading it, and breezed through it in just a few short sessions even during an extremely busy work week.
I loved returning to Leila's writing and appreciated her slightly gritty humor and realism while still managing to write a fluffy summer read. I feel like Hello, Sunshine gave me not only insight into the show business industry but insight into Leila as well, and I can't wait to see what she writes next!
Aug 14, Christina A Reader of Fictions rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-my-shelvesinterracial-romancefavorites-contempsarcalamw If you were afraid to give Howland another shot after Nantucket Blueyou should definitely give this one a try. Hello, Sunshine has an engaging voice and adorable ship, so that makes it Christina approved. First thing you need to know is that the book cover is completel 4. First thing you need to know is that the book cover is completely misleading.
As if! Even though she applied to eleven different schools. Her mother wants her to stay home in Boston, take some classes, and reapply, but Becca wants to try another path; just staying home felt too sad. The only thing her mom wants to finance is college applications; I also thought it was cool how Howland subtly showed that people can love you but be low level toxic by not supporting you. Becca makes some bad choices and some good ones, and she grows up a lot and quickly.
Becca starts out with this plan of walking in to talent agencies and immediately getting an agent. Becca has such a great spirit and attitude. She tries so hard constantly, and she works just as hard to help the friends she makes in her apartment building, Marisol and Raj halloooooo, ship.
Becca gets really lucky, but she also is in debt for most of the book despite constantly waitressing and acting. Given the genre of novel and the need for a happy ending, Howland does a nice job depicting the struggle. She has to deal with her fear of rejection and own insecurities to be a good friend and to achieve her goals. Hello, Sunshine surprised me with how adorable and unputdownable it was.
Pick this one up for a hard-working, kind, funny heroine and an adorable interracial romance. Jul 24, Adriana C rated it really liked it. Becca, an year-old girl recently graduated from high school, whom after receiving her rejection letters from all the universities that she applied, decides to go to Los Angeles to try her luck and see if she can become an actress.
Her mother gives her a year to follow her dream, but after that lapse she must try to apply to some other university. Becca has a plan, living with her cousin while she finds her way at 3. Overall, Hello, Sunshine is an ideal novel for the summer, a light read without much heavy drama, I really enjoyed it. Apr 24, Lauren R. Well clearly I couldn't put that down. I didn't expect to start and finish this book today but here we are. I looooved this.
Like in the Nantucket series, the main character was real and goal-oriented; she kept trying and really didn't give up. Her mom was really supportive and awesome even though, again, it's crazy that she let her daughter do 4. Her mom was really supportive and awesome even though, again, it's crazy that she let her daughter do this crazy plan. Jul 04, Forever Young Adult added it Shelves: reviewed-by-mandy-wcontemporaryromancenew-adult. Graded By: Mandy W.
Jun 26, Kristin rated it liked it Shelves: new-adult. Hello, Sunshine is a fun story about an 18 year old girl who drops everything, moves across the country to California, in the hopes of becoming an actress.
She's got her head full of such ideas as to how she's going to make it but she has no idea for the reality that's about to hit her in the face. First up, living in LA is not cheap. So, she gets this run-down studio apartment that should have probably been updated years go. Then she realizes that to become an actress, you don't just waltz into Hello, Sunshine is a fun story about an 18 year old girl who drops everything, moves across the country to California, in the hopes of becoming an actress.
Then she realizes that to become an actress, you don't just waltz into an agency, say "hi", and get an agent. There are certain channels one goes through in order for that to happen, which are not easy. Not to mention that Becca seems to have no understanding of money management or how to live on her own. So, Hello, Sunshine is sort of a story about a girl who fumbles her way through the city without a clue as to how to survive.
This is the first book by this author that I've read and I really enjoy the way she tells a story. While I felt that Becca's character was naive and I sometimes wanted to shake her, I was still rooting for her. While Becca isn't my cup of tea, the author was able to make me feel for her. She was able to paint a picture of what was going on without weighing it down with too much detail. The scenes flowed smoothly and I found myself continuously flipping pages to see what Becca tried next in her quest to become a star.
Hello, Sunshine is a fun and light summer read. I mean, who wouldn't want to drop everything, move to a big city, and make it big. It was entertaining getting to read all the ups and downs of Becca's progress. There were times where I was smiling at some of the antics, times where I rolled my eyes at Becca's lack of understanding in certain things, and times where I wanted to shake her for being so clueless about the people around her.
Let's just say that Becca was in her own little bubble the majority of the time. However, I enjoyed the story and I could definitely see this becoming a sitcom or something. Aug 31, JenLovesBooks rated it liked it. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this novel, as I started by not caring much for the main character Becca.
It might have started off that way, mostly because of her attitude and choice of words on that first chapter, but that changed. It wasn't until I read more of it ,and was introduced to the rest of the characters, that I started really enjoying Hello, Sunshine. Marisol and Raj make this read much more interesting and a little more believable. I'm really glad that Becca has them in I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this novel, as I started by not caring much for the main character Becca.
I'm really glad that Becca has them in their life because she really is super naive. Her head is completely in the clouds, including a non-existent relationship with her ex-boyfriend Alex and her lifestyle choices when she's got almost no money to her name.
There enters Marisol, to be the bestie she very much needs. I mean, really needs because she basically helps Becca with every aspect of her career and personal life. I get it though, Becca has just recently turned eighteen and everything is new to her, thus her bright outlook on life.
Maybe in a sense I envy it a little bit because she got herself out there into the big world without over thinking the situation yes in real life that wouldn't cut it, but it's a book so I enjoyed it much more because of it.
We then have Raj, who's the kind of guy you want in a nice contemporary read and you think maybe he's going to help Becca forget all about Alex.
It doesn't happen the way I was hoping, but I became happier with the situation the more I read. It's a more realistic scenario with her being so young and just starting life, but her paying more attention to the new guy more than Raj broke my heart a little. Only a little though, because everything is made right before the book ends. So then what kept me the most interested?
No matter those unsavory moments in the story, they're all a part of it and helping Becca's life play out as good as possible after such a huge risk. With only a small amount of money to her name, she still keeps going and having a positive outlook on all of it. Again, one of those parts that's just so unbelievable, especially in the city she has chosen to reside within, but that's the best part of a cute read like this All opinions are my Hello Sunshine.
Jul 10, BookHookup rated it really liked it Shelves: arc4-starspublication You can find Christina's original review here on The Book Hookup. However, that did not influence this review in any way.
All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition. Well, look no further. Scoop this one up and fall head-over-Hollywood-heels hills? I suppose either works in this scenario in love with these fun characters. The biggest of those was probably money issues and struggling on a tiny budget, which if you've ever moved out on your own as a young adult with no backing from the parentals, one finds out easily that the struggle is real.
Okay, so yes Becca did manage to quickly meet up with some friendly folks in Hollywood Hello Sunshine helped her on her way from the start and when she finally caught some breaks, they swung mightily in her favor, but that's not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Some people find good luck or blessings, depending on what you believe like that all the time, so I didn't roll my eyes too hard. But speaking of Becca and the friendly faces, I have to say that I really enjoyed this cast of characters.
To be perfectly honest, I think it made her character development over the course of the book even better. More so, she was just downright likable and relatable, and as vibrant and hopeful as any eighteen-year-old with a dream has a right to be. Marisol and Raj were some great addictions as well. In fact, I wish we would have gotten even more time in with Raj and Becca as a couple, but I could appreciate that she took the time to try to get over her ex completely before diving in to a new relationship.
Still, he was the sweetest and I would have scooped him up with a quickness. Also, yay for sex positivity and girls watching out for each other instead of being mean girls in YA! Also also, there were some really great adult role models in this book that watched out for the young ones, and that was awesome, too!
As for my tiny little grievances with the novel, most of it revolved around the repetition of similar scenes and how I felt like that affected the pacing at times. Though, truthfully, it must not have messed with it too much as I finished this book it a matter of hours and all in one sitting. My other little main issue was not finding out about how Raj's film did at the festival in the end, but I was certainly hopeful about how these characters' and their futures would pan out.
He loves me the way that I am—rejections and all. We kiss again. This time it's a long, deep kiss that goes on and on. The rest is like swimming at night in a place that you've been to a hundred times during the day. Only now it's quiet. The stars are out. The rocks you've known during the day have changed. They have the same shape, but seem to be made of something else. And when you jump in the water, you know it's not just the place that's different.
You are, too. You're exhilarated, swimming with your eyes open, rising to the surface, skimming the moon. You're fearless and whole and anything is possible. I won't lie, it's been over a month since I've picked up a single book, and even though I was looking forward to this book when I got it, getting over this book slump has proven to be quite the chore at this point.
But, surprisingly to me, once I scooped up this little beauty seriously, that cover, y'all! I read it in a quick couple of hours and finished with a smile on my face. Jul 08, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporaryrealistic-storylineown-copy-on-my-bookshelfstand-alone-booksromancearc-galleythere-was-laughterball-o-angstcute-fuzzies-flutterysprinkles-of-swoons.
You can find my full review and teaser quote here on The Book Hookup. Rating: 3. Not going to lie to y'all, the book slump has been strong in this one—like, haven't touched a single book in a month kind of bad slump—but You can find my full review and teaser quote here on The Book Hookup. Not going to lie to y'all, the book slump has been strong in this one—like, haven't touched a single book in a month kind of bad slump—but perhaps this was the cutest little book to knock me right out of it.
Fun, realistic storyline. Diverse, relatable, likable characters. Filled with heart and angst to keep your emotions bouncing all over the place. A relatively solid ending that left a smile on my face and hopeful about the characters' futures. If you're looking for an adorable summer read, look no further. Jul 28, Leanna daisychainbooks rated it liked it Shelves: summer-reads.
So, when Becca is rejected from not one, not two, but every single one of her college choices, she refuses to despair. Or, you Hello Sunshine, a working actress.
Becca is a breath of fresh air, relentlessly enthusiastic and optimistic about life in such a way that only the truly young or the truly blessed can authentically be. This is a girl who looks on the bright side of life, always.
What a douche! Welcome to L. A, baby! Aug 25, Thelma added it Shelves: contemporariesya. I feel like there is not much to say about this? It's not great. But it's not bad either. It just feels very surface level to me. The secondary characters, Raj and Marisol, don't feel very developped. He is an aspiring film maker who is in film school and work a day job at a bar. She is an aspiring actress who has a day job as a personal assistant. We don't know much more so I wasn't attached.
Becca is a bit more developped. And it is good that she is aware she has a lot to learn because darn, s I feel like there is not much to say about this? And it is good that she is aware she has a lot to learn because darn, she has a lot to learn.
She care A LOT about what people think and she can be very judgy. She still has to grow a lot, I hope she will because she is also very hardworking and motivated and I have to admire that. So yeah, this wasn't the greatest, it didn't change my life, but it wasn't awful to read either. I'll probably forget about it very soon. Jul 25, Kezia Miller rated it liked it Shelves: arc-s. I thought this was a great coming of age story for those just graduated out of high school. It really shows you how much you have to do when you move out on your own.
This book follows Becca Harrington and her dream to make it big in the acting industry. It includes lots of ups and downs that both help and hinder Becca's dreams. It was eye-opening to read about how much fighting you need to do for yourself in the acting industry. I probably won't read this again because I found some of the thing I thought this was a great coming of age story for those just graduated out of high school. I probably won't read this again because I found some of the things mentioned to be for more mature readers and there was a fair bit of foul language that I didn't enjoy reading.
But overall, I really enjoyed Becca's character and how unique and authentic she was and how she continued to follow her dreams even when those close to her didn't believe in her. I received an ARC copy of this book from my university in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 13, Sarah Laurence rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-fictioncontemporary-fictiongalley. Howland's sweet YA novel about an aspiring teen actress' failures and perseverance was a heart-warming escape from this horrific week in American politics. Becca's cringe-worthy mistakes felt very true to teens and her voice was genuine. I appreciated that her closest friends were diverse characters and the waitressing scenes felt very realistic.
Romance was a big part of the narrative but not the central focus. The ending had a good twist. Also the author and I share the same literary agent. Jun 26, Kayla Cagan rated it it was amazing. Howland's Hello Sunshine is a departure from her Nantucket Summer series. It's grittier by sheer placement of Los Angeles over Nantucket, and the characters, all of them, have a lot to learn about making it in "the big city".
I found myself more worried about Becca, who deeply wants to redeem herself and her ego after not getting into college not a spoiler and brave a whole new life super different from her own. There's a large cast of characters that demonstrates the realities of big city liv Howland's Hello Sunshine is a departure from her Nantucket Summer series. There's a large cast of characters that demonstrates the realities of big city live v. Yes, that's his real name! Also, I hate hate hate Becca's manipulative and gaslighting ex in the best kind of way.
What a jerk. Such a good summer read, and if you like LA or live in it, you'll catch a lot of cool references. Jul 23, Lindsey rated it liked it Shelves: Cute read, but I hated her annoying mom. And her road to stardom seemed a little contrived. Can't win 'em all.
Mar 28, Andrea rated it really liked it. A quick read. I loved the author's first two novels and prefer the beachy setting of those to the chaos of L. Jul 10, bookrockbetty rated it really liked it. Review to come! Jul 28, Nicole M. Hewitt rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-addiction-read. This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction I was a theatre major in college, so this book called to me. It takes a good mix of talent, luck, hard work, and knowing the right people to be successful.
Howland gives us a realistic view of that—at first I was worried th This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction I was a theatre major in college, so this book called to me. The relationships in this story are the stars. She's not who she's made herself out to be, and now everyone knows it. Secrets kept for years are now out in the open. Say goodbye to those cookbooks, new show, and loving husband. She doesn't have much left. Sunny flees to her childhood home Her sister is less than welcoming, and she finds her six year old niece love her!
She intends to somehow turn things around and redeem herself, pushing herself right back into the limelight. But is that even possible? My review is honest and unbiased. View all 12 comments. Jun 18, Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it it was amazing. Everything she had made up about herself was being made public by a hacker, and no one knew who the hacker was. Sunshine's life was turned upside down personally and professionally. Not telling the truth from the start backfired on her.
When Sunshine started her career as a TV chef, she should have been truthful and said she was from the Hamptons and not from a Georgia farm town. Telling the truth was something she hadn't done for years, and telling the truth now had no credence. No one believed anything she said. Where could the real Sunny Stephens go except back home? When she got home she had a big surprise too. I loved the cooking theme, and I loved the glimpse into the life in the Hamptons even though it was on the wrong side of town.
View all 3 comments. May 08, Stacey rated it really liked it. I was immediately attracted to this novel because of the title and the cover art.
Right away I have high expectations and then I start reading. YouTube, food, and drama? Sunshine Mackenzie has it all. Her own cooking show, numerous cookbooks, a successful architect for a husband, and adoring fans. When she becomes a public figure, she became a target like any celebrity and all those secrets she was tucking away were exposed with a stroke of a key. When faced with dire circumstances we see I was immediately attracted to this novel because of Hello Sunshine title and the cover art.
As she searches for a game plan to move forward she must go backward and make amends with the past. That means going back home, the place she vowed to never return. I like strong, independent women as main characters and Sunshine is just that. Her transformation through the novel is sensitive, forgiving, and triumphant. Take this on vacation, take it to the beach, take it on the bus, but wherever you take it, enjoy the sunshine.
Laura Dave is a new author to me. I thank NetGalley and Simon Schuster for the opportunity to read this novel. View all 11 comments. Jun 05, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: bookschick-lit.
While both books could be categorized as "chick-lit", I felt that "Grapes" was a notch above others in the genre -- offering more character and plot development than is typically found in this category of books. Unfortunately I can't say the same for "Hello, Sunshine. Her ruse has landed her a cookbook deal and a contract for a show on the Food Network.
All is well and good until someone who knows the truth hacks her Twitter account and spills the beans -- and then some. Aside from the thin plot, my biggest issue with the book is that none of the adult characters in this novel are particularly likeable there's a young niece who is charming.
Sunshine's modus operandi throughout the whole book is to continue to lie to get herself out of the lie that got her in trouble in the first place. The side characters are vapid, shallow, and rude. The "redemption" just doesn't seem that redeeming. This book would be fine for a beach read, but there are others that would probably be more satisfying.
View all 8 comments. Jun 14, Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it. Hello, Sunshine is a highly relevant and thought-provoking book for our digital age. Sunshine MacKenzie has it all — a wonderful husband, a YouTube cooking show with millions of followers, and a line of cookbooks. There is one catch: her entire life is built on lies, and when her Twitter account is hacked her entire life crumbles. Left alone and with no money, she is forced to return home and rely on her estranged sister while she tries to recover from her fall from grace.
For a while, Sunshine Hello, Sunshine is a highly relevant and thought-provoking book for our digital age. For a while, Sunshine is very focused on the identity of the hacker and trying to get her old life back.
As the book progresses and Sunshine spends time with her sister, her niece and some new friends, she begins to see that there is more to life than maintaining her carefully scripted online life. While the novel is a quick, light read, Dave does raise some thought-provoking ideas about the lives people attempt to portray on social media versus the lives they are actually living.
Hello, Sunshine has a powerful rmessage that will remain with me for weeks to come. View 2 comments. Jul 17, Jen Ryland added it Shelves: wtf-ending. Pretty mixed feelings on this and am curious to see what others thought. On the positive: I loved the idea of the book, which looks at the "curated" online presence and what happens when something spoils that carefully created sense of perfection. Hello Sunshine is about a woman with a wildly successful YouTube cooking show, just poised to start her own network show and publish a cookbook, when someone hacks her social media and exposes her some not-too flattering things about her.
Hello Sunshine Pretty mixed feelings on this and am curious to see what others thought. Hello Sunshine makes an interesting point about how, in this day and age, to be successful in certain fields you are expected to create an engaging and marketable online persona.
The book did a good job of showing the slippery slope of deceit and how one lie leads to another. I also love a good redemption story, and I appreciated the fact that the book really had Sunshine hit rock bottom and fight her way back.
Although one might argue that having to live in Montauk hardly seems like rock bottom. On the negative: huge spoiler The ending. As a mystery of sorts, this worked well, because there were so many suspects: view spoiler [ Ryan, Ryan's wife, the vegan toast lady, even Rain. It was hard for me to swallow that her husband was the one who methodically and almost gleefully destroyed her professionally and that the book suggests their relationship might even survive his publicly exposing her on the internet as a recipe stealer and a cheater.
By the end, I thought he was way more horrible than she was, and his excuse that "it was the only way I could show you what you'd become" rang a bit hollow. Given the laws against revenge porn, I wonder how he'd fare in divorce court based on what he did to her. And I wish I'd had a better sense of their relationship before it all falls apart. Yes, at the beginning she seems distracted by career stuff, but so are a lot of people. Except for the cheating issue, I could almost think that he's jealous of her impending success.
I think focusing more on that might have made for a more interesting story. But I really loved what I thought the book was trying to do. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland. Jul 21, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: womens-fiction-chicklitstand-alone-novellistened-to-audiobookread I'd thought it involved running, as far and as fast as your feet could carry you, from your former selves.
I didn't understand that was the surest way to wind up exactly where you started. It's true of how we try to leave our pasts behind and start again. It's true of how we never really can leave parts of us for good. Every minute of our lives stay with us, every person we meet stays with us, everything combined shapes us into who we are at any given moment. Hello, Sunshine offers a main character: Sunshine who takes a surprising opportunity to become someone different A small-town girl who can't cook is transformed into a YouTube cooking sensation with a made up past and a bright future, but secrets never stay hidden and the backlash is harsh.
Unfortunately, this isn't a story that elicits pity for cheating, lying Sunshine though. Her behavior makes her pretty unlikable in my opinion. She's selfish and she stays selfish throughout the bulk of this book. Some authors develop their characters a little more flawed than others. That's what Laura Dave has done. In my perspective, Emily Giffin does this too and you're either going to love it or hate it. I don't read Giffin anymore which tells you which way on the pendulum I swing.
Overall, I liked the message Ms. Dave was sending with Hello, Sunshine but I didn't care for the characters or their problems if that makes sense. However, if you enjoy this author or Giffin for that matter then check it out for yourself and see what you think! We want to be a part of things so badly that we'll pretend to be anyone to get into the room. View all 4 comments. In this case, Sunshine has a cooking show which has been developed using her amenable personality and not too pretty good looks - and the recipes of another person.
Does the digital ever reflect the real person? Thoughts of Kardashians danced before my eyes Sunshine undergoes a life makeover and regains her confidence and sass. I liked this short and sweet story a lot. Four stars for well done Chick Lit. View all 9 comments. Aug 22, Jason Pettus added it Shelves: contemporarydid-not-finish. As part of my mission as a full-time book critic, I regularly take on books that are most aptly described for better or for worse as "chick lit;" and that's because I think middle-class suburban women have a right to be entertained by smart novels that appeal specifically to them, just like everyone else, and I love having the opportunity to present the best of these kinds of books to that specific audience, just like I love recommending the often overlooked best of science DECLINED TO REVIEW.
As part of my mission as a full-time book critic, I regularly take on books that are most aptly described for better or for worse as "chick lit;" and that's because I think middle-class suburban women have a right to be entertained by smart novels that appeal specifically to them, just like everyone else, and I love having the opportunity to present the best of these kinds of books to that specific audience, just like I love recommending the often overlooked best of science-fiction or MFA lit or crime thrillers to those respective readers.
Unfortunately, though, I have to wade through a whole lot more dreck within chick-lit to find the good stuff than I do with any other genre I cover; and Hello, Sunshine turned out to be part of this dreck, a novel I didn't even make to the percent mark of before giving up on with an angry shrug and exasperated eye-roll.
The entire concept itself of the story offended me from page one, which is never a good sign -- already annoying by being about a sorority girl now living in a gentrified Brooklyn, who falls ass-backwards into basic-cable celebrity because of producing a series of YouTube videos about "homey" cooking that turn into a viral sensation, it became even more annoying when learning that she in fact made the whole thing up, in collusion with a producer from the cable channel who wanted an "organically grown hit" and decided to just manufacture one from scratch, essentially two of the worst aspects about lates "Trump America" rolled into one uber-mess of a storyline, which made me not want to even stick around for the redemptive "everything turns out great" ending that was undoubtedly coming.
Now add the abysmal writing style, one which like a lot of chick-lit books substitutes lists of consumer items for actual storytelling skills attention chick-lit authors: mentioning the stores where your hero bought her furniture is not the same thing as character-buildingdone with all the nuance and sophistication of a year-old girl writing Twilight fan-fiction; and you can see why I gave up on this book quickly, one of those titles that helps give a bad reputation to the entire genre of novels for middle-class suburban women, a demographic that deserves better than shlock like this.
I no longer assign scores to books I didn't finish; but needless to say, I recommend staying far away from this highly unsatisfying novel. View 1 comment. Jul 08, Kristy rated it liked it Shelves: edelweisswomen-s-fictionarcfictionread-inebook. Sunshine Sunny Mackenzie has a great life--a hit YouTube cooking show, several published cookbooks, and the potential for a show on the Food Network.
She's also happily married to her husband, Danny. But all it takes is a few Twitter posts from a hacker to destroy Sunny's life. Because, you see, she's been living a life built on lies and subterfuge. Disgraced, alone, and broke, Sunny returns to her childhood home, to a complicated relationship with her sister and a six-year-old niece she barel Sunshine Sunny Mackenzie has a great life--a hit YouTube cooking show, several published cookbooks, and the potential for a show on the Food Network.
Disgraced, alone, and broke, Sunny returns to her childhood home, to a complicated relationship with her sister and a six-year-old niece she barely knows. Sunny has a plan to get her life back, but it involves a new set of lies.
Is it worth it--and worth sacrificing a potential relationship with her sister? This was an interesting novel. I must admit, I was bothered the entire time I was reading it, because it felt like a weirdly familiar story, but I could never place why. You know how something is often in the back of your mind? I don't know if I've just read too many books, have a terrible memory, or if I've truly read a book with a similar plot disgraced chef returns home : it could be all of the above.
But it did affect me sometimes as I was reading. Sunny was a tough character. It was hard to tell if I liked her. She was terrible to lie about her entire professional life, yet she was backstabbed pretty badly by her hacker. I was willing to let those two equal out, but then after all said events, she still made a chain of pretty awful decisions. Her slow learning--and lack of sense--was a bit frustrating to me, although she did grow on me as the novel progressed.
The book falls back on some plot cliches and predictable story turns, though there is one good twist. It's slightly marred by a lame reason for said twist, but still: it did take me by surprise. The cast of characters in this one is limited, and it was refreshing to read a novel told from just one perspective Sunny's. Sammy, her niece, is the best. I wanted more Sammy. The funny parts in this novel are just plain funny--there were pieces that made me laugh out loud.
I also enjoyed the novel's message related to our society's current trend of living life based on social media. It does a good job of portraying the complicated relationship between sisters as well. Overall, this one was a little predictable, but still interesting and often fun. A quick, breezy read.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss thank you! Oct 16, Jill McGill rated it really liked it Shelves: fictionlibrarywomens-fiction. Jul 09, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: physical-arcs. All of my reviews can be found on www. Sunshine has the type of life people only dream of, she has a huge following across social media, a best selling series of cookbooks, an amazing husband and a dream apartment in NYC. Faker than a three dollar bill. We all follow people who seem to have the perfect life, but how can we really know that their lives are so fantastic based on some pictures and heavily edited videos?
This was a timely read as the entire world has never been more obsessed with social media and the stars born from it than it is today.
It was also really witty and endearing and a total one sitting type of read as it comes in at under pages. Ultimately it is a story of redemption but not in a contrived, cheesy way, nothing is wrapped up neatly in the end and doing this felt very genuine, I appreciated that. Apr 20, Brandie rated it liked it Shelves: arcread Not my favorite of her books, but I still love her writing style and will keep reading anything she writes.
May 28, Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing. Her job is the CEO of the number cooking show on YouTube—with a staff of people, multiple cookbooks, and a soon-to-be show on the Food Network. Then, the social media that helped her become who she is abruptly conspires to destroy her burgeoning empire. What follows is a story about Sunshine discovering herself by coming to terms with a family past she ran away from.
I really enjoyed this book. Dave really knows her stuff when it comes to food and wine—and people—marriage, family, and our relationship to ourselves. Highly recommend. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book. Apr 13, L. Logan rated it really liked it Shelves: perspectivesummer-readslove-storiesadult-fiction. True rating is somewhere at like 4. I inhaled this book. The pacing, the plot, the writing style, the setting. It sucked me in and wouldn't let me go.
For sure I thought this was going to be a 5 star read. I just couldn't put it down. But then the ending happened. And there is no way to say this but it just kind of ended. I know, endings are supposed to be that way, but not so that they just fizzle out and there is the last word on the page and as the reader I'm left scratching my head and fee True rating is somewhere at like 4. I know, endings are supposed to be that way, but not so that they just fizzle out and there is the last word on the page and as the reader I'm left scratching my head and feeling very unfulfilled.
I wanted MORE! I wanted to see what happened and if the MC was happy. Come on, after all that drama, you can't do this to me! Which is why I'm taking it down to a 4ish star review. It was awesome. But that ending.
Thats it. There is no other word for it. View all 7 comments. Jun 12, Bam cooks the books ;- rated it liked it Shelves: readsnetgalleychick-lit. Sunshine Mackenzie's internet cooking show is a youtube sensation until the day she turns 35 and a vindictive hacker reveals to the entire world through a series of well-timed, explosive tweets that her whole persona is fake.
Sunshine loses her husband, her home, her career, and her chance at a Food Network show as a result. Her only option is to return to her hometown of Montauk, NY, and throw herself on her estranged sister's mercy for a place to stay while she decides what to do next--like maybe doing some much-needed soul searching to figure out who she really is.
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Nothing special, really. Good enough to hold my attention, not enough to have me remember what the fuck happened. Nov 06, Eustacia Tan rated it did not like it Shelves: nlb-ereads. I borrowed the book because the premise of "social media star falls from grace" to be really interesting.
But be warned, this will be a spoiler-full review. The 'Sunshine' in Hello, Sunshine is a social media star. Her cooking videos have earned her millions of fans, a book deal, and even a TV show. But one day mild spoilerssomeone hacks her and her whole life is revealed to be a lie: her recipes are by someone else, her entire origin story is fake, and she slept with someone who isn't her hu I borrowed the book because the premise of "social media star falls from grace" to be really interesting.
But one day mild spoilerssomeone hacks her and her whole life is revealed to be a lie: her recipes are by someone else, her entire origin story is fake, and she slept with someone who isn't her husband. As a result, her fans desert her, her husband leaves, and she loses the book and TV deal. Humiliated and friendless, Sunshine goes back to her hometown in the Hamptons, to the sister that hates her and the niece she never knew.
The story is written in the first person, from Sunshine's perspective, so if you like her voice, you'll probably like the book.
I did like Sunshine, and I was rooting for her to finally acknowledge her part in what happened and to let go of the social media stuff it took a while because Sunshine plotted to get back to Internet stardom Most of the book is what you expect, with Sunshine being 'forced' to face her past and attempt to reconcile with her sister, as well as decide what she really wants from life. For the most part, it's an easy and predictable read which is good when you're stressed about packing and all you want is something light and the only time I was blindsided was when the twist came.
And at the end of the book, she goes back to him. Without him apologising or if he did it was such a weak apology that I did not recognise it. Can we talk about how messed up this is? Yes, Sunshine was wrapped up in her lies at the start of the book and desperately needed to change, but the way to change someone is not to maliciously, deliberately, and publicly humiliate and destroy them.
And he's supposedly the architect who's not into technology. Which means that it was a well-thought-out plan. The book is clear that he was nothing but supportive outwardly while planning her downfall. No, this is not love. This is not a drastic intervention. Her husband basically destroyed her life and left her alone apparently he called her sister a few times but to Sunshine, he was completely absent and she still went back to him because she was pregnant and loves him. No, Sunshine.
This is not love but it's being presented as such and I worry that others will read the book and internalise the wrong message. No one should be allowed to hurt someone else in the name of love. To be clear, this is different from telling someone the painful truth or staging an intervention - that may be painful but it is like antiseptic on a wound, not burning a house down because cockroaches were found.
One is necessary and the other isn't. To be honest, I was really enjoying the book until the ending. It was a solid 4 stars and probably would have stayed that way if the ending was different, but this portrayal of 'love' has dropped it to a 1 star rating. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Nov 06, Oreoandlucy rated it it was ok. Sunshine seems to have the perfect career and marriage.
She is the star of a cooking channel on YouTube and is about to launch a Food Network show and her own cookbook. Everything seems to be going according to plan until an unknown hacker reveals that Sunshine is not who she says she is. She is far from the down home cook who has a farmer for a father. Instead, she is from Montauk and the most elaborate recipe she has created was a really good grilled cheese sandwich.
She is going to have to start over, which involves reuniting with her sister and niece. Oct 31, Book Riot Community added it. Hello, Sunshine is scandalous, gossipy, fun to read, and as juicy as that slice of fruit on the cover! And then her social media gets hacked, and an unnamed person exposes all her super damaging secrets. Sunshine loses absolutely everything in the span of 24 hours, and she must figure out how to start over and figure out a way forward.
If you were looking for your beach read, this is it. Sep 09, Alexis rated it it was ok. The heroine was so unlikeable and I couldn't find it in me to feel sorry for her.
May 21, Lianna rated it really liked it Shelves: womens-fictionarc. Or at least, what's what it's made to look like from the outside. Beautiful, happily married with her career as a chef and YouTube sensation on the rise.
The problem Everything in Sunshine's life; from her carefully constructed backstory, to her perfect happy marriage, to the fact that she can cook at all - even her last name is all there to market a brand.
To create the perfect image of herself to appeal to others. But when her Twitter gets hacked and her secrets are revealed - Sunshine is left looking like a fraud and her life comes tumbling down she has no choice but to escape to her childhood home to lick her wounds, and confront the reasons how everything went Hello Sunshine terribly wrong in the first place.
I love Laura Dave. She's one of my favorite women's lit authors for so many reasons - the largest of all is the fact that she never gives me a story that stays too much on the predictable path. I've read all of her books and in each one she's made her characters so real and so normal that you can't help but love and hate them at the same time.
Even the romantic aspects of her books leave you pulled in multiple directions - it's never just 'boy meets girl' with Dave and I appreciate that immensely. The thing that struck me the most about Hello, Sunshine was the narrative on social media and the personas we create, how easy it is to get wrapped up in the world of the carefully constructed 'best life' and lose track of who we really are.
Dave has tackled this topic with humor but has brought to light an all too real problem at the same time. I'll be honest - Hello, Sunshine is definitely not my favorite of Dave's books. The plot seemed to have a little too much going on; with each path there but not completely fleshed out. At the end, I feel like so much was left unexplored and unresolved.
I was left with too many questions at the end and too much of Sunshine's life and relationships I wanted to continue to explore. That being said though, I am such a huge fan of Dave's writing style that I could ever drive me away.
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