Hello, Sunshine

Hello, Sunshine

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476789323
Branch Call Number: DAVE
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 13, 2019

I loved this book! I am hoping for a sequel, I want to know what happens next for all the characters whom I loved!

Sep 01, 2018

Given our current egocentric social media world, this latest novel by Laura Dave takes a refreshing look at what happens when a strong, successful woman sacrifices her authentic self for the “curated” version she presents online. HELLO, SUNSHINE is a terrific little read, smart and breezy, perfect for vacation, the beach, or a long weekend.

Oct 20, 2017

I give it a "meh." I liked this author's other book Eight Hundred Grapes much better. None of the characters in this book were likeable, I couldn't root for anyone. The ending fell completely flat.

Aug 24, 2017

Good beach book. Easy, breezy reading. Just enjoy it and don't examine the plot too closely.

While the demands and competitiveness of a celebrity's curated (great word) lifestyle are credible, there are numerous plot lines which aren't even remotely plausible.

The book jacket crows: ". . .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 hunch is that everyone involved (author, editor, publicist) in this book is living an inauthentic life and lost their authentic selves long, long ago. It doesn't appear anybody did much actual research beyond maybe a weekend or two in the Hamptons, gourmet dinners charged to somebody's expense account, and alcohol-soaked binge-watching of Food Network Star (Food Network gets skewered ~ pun intended).

Spoiler alert: the ending is disappointing. I don't get the sense that Sunshine learned much from her fall from grace or her husband's betrayal. Contrary to promotional promise, there wasn't much rising from the ashes.

Jul 13, 2017

Not sure why it's getting such good ratings. Sunshine is not at all likable nor compelling in any way. The writing is only mediocre. It's hard to stay with. Don't waste your time on this one.

LPL_MeredithW Jun 10, 2017

A quick, smart summer read with some real depth. Someone else read this so we can talk about the ending!

May 19, 2017

Sunshine Mackenzie hit it big with a YouTube cooking show, a bestselling cookbook, and a promising deal with the Food Network. But when she gets hacked, and her secrets are out there for the whole world to see, everything falls apart.

What are the consequences of selectively choosing how we portray ourselves and our lives rather than just embracing the plain old, sometimes ugly, often messy truth? We all do it: choose the most flattering selfie, rewrite our social media posts until we have just the right mix of witty and sassy, or brag about the best parts of our weekend (even if it was only 15 minutes) instead of the mind numbing chores that really took up most of our day.

Hello Sunshine explores the cost of curating our lives via social media and the many ways we search for what we think our lives are supposed to be.


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Sep 01, 2018

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” —Groucho Marx
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