Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#SRC2017 Book Review: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave



Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Laura Dave
Published: July 2017, Simon & Schuster
Format: ARC E-book, 256 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
 
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.

My thoughts: I adored Laura Dave's last book, Eight Hundred Grapes, so I was excited to see that her newest book was going to be part of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge...I knew it was a book I would want to read anyway! And it was such a fun, relatable and highly relevant book!

What I found to be most compelling about this book is the central question that it seems to ask: Are you living your life authentically or are you cultivating it? In a world where most of us spend lots of time on social media - are we putting our true selves out there or are we trying to craft a better life thru posts and pictures? 

This book takes us on a journey through one person's downfall after her carefully crafted life on social media came crashing down...though not in a head-bashing, in your face type of way. It's a light-hearted, sometimes humorous, and very insightful look at how easy it is to become obsessed with social media. It's a quick, fun read that just might have you thinking about your own social media use!

I really enjoy Laura Dave's books and this one was no exception. I love the characters she creates and the food - oh my! I was hungry the entire time I was reading this book...I wanted to make/eat all the food she mentioned. This is definitely a great summer read - pack it in your beach bag and be prepared to have a fun reading experience - with a little food for thought!




Hello, Sunshine  by Laura Dave is one of  BookSparks "Summer Reads" reading selection picks. 
  
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  1. I really want to read Eight Hundred Grapes and this looks just as good. I love when an author really creates a fun world with likable and interesting characters. I'm looking forward to trying either book!

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