“When how you appear to the world is aligned with who you believe you are, you will understand what it means to be free.” Mel Robbins
The protagonists of Hello Sunshine aren’t the typical characters easy to root for. Even though the main characters are far from perfect, flaws abound in this drama, still they have a thought-provoking story to tell, and Laura Dave, author of bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes, makes it engaging with her compelling writing style.
Sunshine Mackenzie, the main character, presents herself as living the perfect life, and falling from grace afterward. The core of the story manages the idea of a “curated life” as the main issue here, but I don’t think that’s the cause of Sunshine Mackenzie’s problems. Her life is not so much “scrupulously assembled” and more of “unscrupulously assembled.”
This is a thought-provoking story, light on the angst, and a compelling writing style.
A perfect summer read.
Hello Sunshine will be adapted into a major motion picture. Laura Dave will adapt it with her husband, Oscar-winning Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer. Producers: Amy Pascal, and Rachel O’Connor.
Author Laura Dave
Hello, Sunshine: A Novel
Published by Simon & Schuster (July 11, 2017)
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 truly is living the dream. A lifestyle guru for the modern age, Sunshine is beloved by millions of people who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and millions more scour her website for recipes, wisdom, and her enticing suggestions for how to curate a perfect life. She boasts a series of #1 New York Times bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband, and a reputation for sincerity and kindness—Sunshine seems to have it all. But she’s hiding who she really is. And when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of destruction will save her in more ways than she can imagine.
In our modern world, where celebrity is a careful construct, Laura Dave’s compelling, enticing novel explores the devastating effect of the secrets we keep in public…and in private. Hello, Sunshine is a fresh, provocative look at a woman teetering between a scrupulously assembled life and the redemptive power of revealing the truth.
ARC by NetGalley
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