Hello, Sunshine Review
Not the sunniest of days for me as I've been sick, but wanted to quick get out this review before y'all thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth. My daughter was home for a few weeks, and the hubby had taken off work also...so my computer time had been a bit limited. But I have some really exciting reads to talk about in the upcoming weeks, so don't give up on me yet. (I have said that a lot lately haven't I?!?)
I have obviously been super lucky with my summer reads from Netgalley because I have another good one for you today called Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave. I definitely picked this book for it's cover...and was so happy that it didn't turn out to be a dud!!
Sunshine Mackenzie had it all. A wonderful husband, a great apartment, a cooking show that was about to jump from YouTube to The Food Network, best-selling cookbooks and legions of adoring fans. But when a hacker reveals that it's all a sham, Sunshine loses everything and is forced to return back home to the only family she has left...a sister who wants nothing to do with her, and a niece who only knows her from the checks she sends on her birthday. Can she come to terms with the fraud she's become?? And what does she want for the future??
I loved this book. I think it's a great summer or vacation read...not too deep, addictively paced and full of a lot of nonsense that is so far removed from my life that just reading it felt like a vacation!
The idea that someone could basically curate a personality for a food show, coming up with a person's backstory and everything...and put someone in front of a camera just feeding bullshit to viewers (she can barely cook)...makes me think a little more about the people on YouTube and Food Network! And I say that as someone who has spent way more time than I'd care to admit watching Beauty Guru's vlog and Food chicks make dishes on YouTube. And the lying!! This book really is another light-hearted read that masks some serious social commentary (just like Fitness Junkie!!).
Sunshine tells you from the beginning that she's not a nice person and has done some horrible things...and she's right. Yet, I liked her character in a way. And the budding relationship with her clearly gifted six-year old niece was really great. I was a bit shocked by a revelation towards the end of the book, and wanted everyone to be more angry than they were...but it didn't take anything away from my enjoyment.
And I really loved Laura Dave's writing style. I'm going to have to take a look at what other books she's written because I knew within the first few paragraphs that this book was going to be a hit for me...and that is pure writing finesse. Something about her style just clicked with me. It was smart and sassy but didn't go too far into the cleverness. Occasionally it feels like writers are trying too hard to show you how clever they are, and their sarcasm comes off as too biting. This book didn't go there...for me it was just right. (If I felt better I would throw in a Goldilocks analogy in here, but I don't have the energy!)
So, if you're looking for another good contemporary clever beach read, that's just the right amount of chick-lit...pick this one up. Just looking at the cover will automatically make your day brighter!!
Thanks again to Netgalley and the author for sending it my way!! Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page what you've been reading so far this summer.