Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Laura Dave
Pub Date: July 11th, 2017
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
It’s been awhile since I read the book, I’m little late with my review writing lately. So this review will shoe how much I remember from the story and my reading experience, which I think will tell a lot about the quality of the book and how much it affected me. Also, I see that this was the book that gently moved me into direction of food and eating related reading.
Let’s get to the book. It’s a story of a YouTube amateur cook Sunshine. We meet get on a day when her life falls apart, because of the truth about her is revealed to the public. She is not a genuine amateur cook, she can’t even cook. She is a careful product of former food network producer. Her online work is a lie… and because living a lie is hard, with a time she accepted the lie as a truth, and her personal life suffered because of this.
The book presents a great story of living as a celebrity on internet. In time when it’s so easy to destroy someone with just one tweet. In time when people become internet famous and are expected to be perfect all the time, to sell a perfect life that all the followers could envy. It was great to read about this culture of a person that was internet famous and was fake, she was the ‘bad one’ in the story. She even warns us about it at the beginning. But I wasn’t able to hate her. I felt her pain and struggle to keep her life and lie.
It was a great, light read that will also give you something to think about. Definitely a summer read – it even takes place in Hamptons.