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From Laura Dave - the author of the "addictive" (Us Weekly), "winning" (Publishers Weekly), and critically acclaimed best seller 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 in to 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 New York Times best-selling 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.

©2017 Laura Dave (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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  • Sarah Lemoine
  • 2018-04-27

Loved it

Cute, easy read. Redemption even in a day when social media mistakes can haunt you forever.

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  • Chris
  • 2017-11-27

Interesting message

Overall the book is very simply written and easy flowing. The interesting message is that being authentic and truthful to yourself and to others is a true pathway for happiness. In a fake world like this, where people lie and pretend most of time, Sunny’s life experience is something admirable. Let’s be AUTHENTIC ❤️

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  • Elizabeth Borges
  • 2021-06-02

A nice and easy listen

I often listen to audiobooks while multitasking and this was a nice and easy book to listen to that kept me interested. Quite lovely!

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  • Caitlyn M.
  • 2021-05-22

A compelling look into lies and truths

Hello Sunshine. My fourth endeavour on the quest to read through Laura Dave’s books… a quest I’m not sure why I’ve continued, when so far I’ve felt her books were ok but not great (The Last Thing He Told Me), infuriatingly bad (London is the Best City in America), and irritating but with a semi-satisfying ending (800 Grapes). Still, there is something about Dave’s character work that makes me want to find that one piece from her that I’ll love… and so I vowed continue, until I’ve finished everything she has out there. Perhaps that makes me a terrible reader, but I’ve never been good at leaving a project unfinished. So here we are, at Hello Sunshine. Here I am, more than halfway through this quest. Mild spoilers ahead.

Hello Sunshine was much, much better than London or 800 Grapes. Much better. I’m fairly certain this is because it was Dave’s sixth release – making it her second-latest book (Last Thing is the most recent). She’s more developed as a writer here than she was for either London or 800 Grapes, and it shows. Is she still sometimes tempted to repeat herself (both within books and book to book)? Yes. Is she sometimes too prone to telling over showing? Yes. But both these flaws are less pronounced here than they are in her earlier works.

Even better? The protagonist is not horrible. Well, okay – she is horrible. That’s actually her most defining characteristic when the book takes off. But, she acknowledges that she’s horrible (first facially, and eventually for real) and the reader is clearly not supposed to feel she isn’t. The story is, in many ways, about her being a horrible, terrible person and learning what it means to come to terms with that. She’s a fraud who has built a career on lies – at first not realising just how far it would go, but always with the knowledge that it was a lie. After a decade, that web she’s woven – and which has been woven for her by others – is crumbling around her: the bill has come due. She must face that everyone thinks she’s a terrible person, that she has become a terrible person, and that perhaps it doesn’t really matter who blew up her life, because ultimately, it was she who made it possible. (Side note – this was good that it didn’t really matter to me, because while it shocks Sunny when she finally figures it out, I guessed this twist from Chapter 1. I like to think – though perhaps its giving Dave extra credit – that the audience was meant to realise this quickly, and that it was part of Sunny’s story that it took her so long to see it.)

So why do I say she’s not horrible? Because she isn’t horrible to read – something that I think early Dave books really struggle to deliver on. We know we’re in the head of a jerk, but we’re meant to. And we get to watch her go through actual character development – something that was glaringly absent from London and 800 Grapes, and not exactly centre-stage in the newly released Last Thing. And the result? Despite my scruples, my past disappointment and my trepidation, I actually really, really enjoyed this read.

Sunny was delightful, even for all her flaws. Rain, her older sister who has never left Montauk, much to Sunny’s frustration, was a little underdeveloped… but what we got of her was interesting and added to the story. Her daughter, little Sammy, was perhaps the best character in the book. Even Sunny’s various bosses (old life and new), Ethan (the local fisherman who could have been a love interest but who Dave shockingly, and perfectly, does not turn into one), and her faux foe are good characters in this book. And then there’s Danny – another good character, though also a terrible person in his own way.

Like The Last Thing, one of the things I liked best about this book was the ending – it’s not perfect, it’s not neat, and the reader is left to decide for themselves exactly how Sunny’s future turns out. But for Sunny, it’s a start.

Overall, a solid effort, and my favourite of Dave’s thus far.

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  • Mimi
  • 2020-01-29

I downloaded by mistake

I was always on the fence about whether I would return this book. I really could not relate to the main character and I am not sure what made her story worthy of a novel. But I hung in wondering whether there was redemption, failure or something else at the end. No spoilers but I made it through the novel. Some of the most memorable characters liked the heroine the least. If you have a spare credit and want something light, this may fit the bill.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-21

Not sure why

Was it to soap opera for me. But couldn't finish.
I don't care about her demise. Maybe bc I know the main character is goingf downhill I didn't want to take the ride.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-06

Good listen!

I enjoyed listening to this, but was disappointed by the ending. It was not predictable, but just not the ending I wanted. It was s great change from my normal psychological thrillers.

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  • TOMMIE COULTER
  • 2018-07-20

Joy Osmanski was really good.

As good as Joy Osmanski was, she could not help the light weight story. The characters we not well fleshed out. Maybe a bit more back story would have helped.

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  • K. Bloom
  • 2018-07-12

enjoyable book.

I enjoyed following Sunshine through her struggles as her life unravelled. She learned a lot about herself and honesty. The conclusion of the book left room for speculation rather than a neat conclusion which was more satisfying. Narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.