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Hello, Sunshine: A Novel Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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PRAISE FOR HELLO, SUNSHINE
*Best Books of Summer Selection by *People* *Elle Magazine* *Redbook Magazine* *Domino Magazine* *US Weekly* *PopSugar* *PureWow* *InStyle.com* *WMagazine.com* *HarpersBazaar.com* *SouthernLiving.com* *Arizona Republic* *Tallahassee Democrat*
*Epicurious Best Foodie Reads Selection* *Library Reads Pick*
“If her Instagram feed is to be believed, Sunshine MacKenzie has it all. But after a hack costs her her career, husband, and apartment, she heads home to figure out whether her sense of self is permanently lost as well. A clever beach bag must-have that points up the follies of FOMO.”
“Funny, fun, and impossible to put down, Hello, Sunshine tells the story of a YouTube-famous chef whose life seems perfect until she gets hacked.”
"Dave reveals her skill at crafting deeply flawed yet sympathetic characters and avoids easy resolutions in favor of realizations hard won by the heroine. The settings—both the glamorous Manhattan and Hamptons environs and the restaurant-kitchen intrigues—are engaging...Sunshine’s journey to define herself apart from her Instagram filters and YouTube followers is where the novel shines."
"Dave creates a resilient, likable heroine whom readers can sympathize with and root for...Sunshine's journey is full of warmth, heart, and enough surprising twists to keep the story fresh. This upbeat, engaging exploration of finding one's authentic self is sure to make some of the "Best of Summer" book lists."
“Dave’s novel will pull readers in from page one, and Sunshine will have readers in her corner, rooting her on as she uncovers what makes her special in a way that her celebrity life never could.”
"A smart, fun read about trying to live an authentic life in the age of social media overload."
“Bestselling author Laura Dave proves her literary magic once again in her latest summer hit Hello, Sunshine – the absolutely unputdownable novel about a YouTube superstar and her fall from Internet stardom. An enticingly delicious celebration of authenticity, there is no chance you won’t consume this golden summer read in one sitting.”
“Wickedly funny and gorgeously entertaining, this is the beach read you need to preorder ASAP!”
"I loved this novel."
“Laura Dave is a new author for me, and she did not disappoint. I loved this book – compassion, humor, and what happens when we try to be ourselves in world of social media.”
—Grundy County Herald
"Dave's sprightly, effervescent prose style crafts a deeply flawed character who is somehow still lovable and relatable."
"Perfect summer reading...For fans of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Something Borrowed."
"Hello, Sunshine is scandalous, gossipy, fun to read, and as juicy as that slice of fruit on the cover!... If you were looking for your beach read, this is it."
“Total beach read.”
"[A] delightfully addictive page-turner."
About the Author
Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London is the Best City in America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries and optioned as major motion pictures. Dave's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in New York City.
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It turns out that Sunshine, a popular YouTube chef who exudes a former Southern girl charm and chutzpah, is a big fat fraud, her "brand" based on nothing more than lies. In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartfelt followup to Eight Hundred Grapes (which I LOVED), Laura Dave shows you the key to reinvention: honesty.
According to the anonymous messages Sunshine receives, her inability to be honest forced the message sender into outing her. But why? Who really cares whether or not Sunshine is from Georgia instead of Montauk? Dave drops some hints, so perhaps you won't be terribly shocked when you find out whodunit. And really, that isn't even the point. The message Dave wants you to take away is that you may be able to fool others, but you cannot fool yourself.
Not for long, anyway.
Sunshine's self-delusion could you off from her, but instead it pulls you closer. You may see parts of yourself in her. She has her reasons for wanting to become someone new, although she completely misses the fundamental truth that while you can change what you are, you can't change who you are.
I gobbled up this book as if it were a box of See's Chocolates. Yes, I wondered who outed Sunshine, but I was far more caught up in how she was going to recover from what happened. I cringed at her mistakes, laughed at her attempts at honesty, and cried with her when she was hurt. I loved the people in Sunshine's life, and I loved watching her salvage relationships even as she couldn't help herself from burning them down.
I am left, though, with one lingering question: can you really make a living off of making toast?
Sunshine McKenzie never started out planning to lose herself to the internet starlet she became, but that's just what happened. Her perfectly curated life comes crashing down after a series of tweets reveals some tantalizing gossip about who, exactly, Sunny has become. When your life is torn down by a wrecking ball, you have to choose which pieces to save, will Sunny manage to save the right ones?
"Hello Sunshine: a novel" was a fun, provocative read. I truly enjoyed it from the start and didn't want to put it down. I imagine, given the right amount of time, I could have read the whole book in one sitting. So much of the story was relatable, and I identified with the concepts that Sunny was trying to understand, if not fully with Sunny herself. I don't have much internet fame, but I can imagine what that would be like. My only complaint with the book was that there wasn't more of it, alas, I can only hope for a sequel.
If you're looking for a book to take to the beach I recommend this one. This story's great, but so is the cover!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions about "Hello Sunshine: a novel" by Laura Dave are true and accurate.
Hello, Sunshine is an absolute can’t-miss that needs a spot at the top of your summer reading list. So put your phone down, unplug from social media, grab an iced tea or maybe some tomato pie, and settle in for this deliciously good treat. You’ll be so caught up in this tasty read that you won’t even be thinking about how many likes your last Facebook post got.