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“A clever beach bag must-have” (People) from Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—“a smart, fun read about trying to live an authentic life in the age of social media overload” (PopSugar).
Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light. Sunshine 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. Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until she gets hacked.
When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses her 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.
“A delightfully addictive page-turner” (WMagazine.com) that takes place in a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is “wickedly funny and gorgeously entertaining…there is no chance you won’t consume this golden summer read in one sitting” (Redbook.com).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
At 35, Sunshine Mackenzie seems to have the world at her feet. But when a hacker exposes the secrets and falsehoods propping up her carefully curated public image, it all falls apart. As Sunshine struggles to pull herself back together, she’s confronted with harsh truths—and exquisite surprises. We loved Hello, Sunshine’s foodie-world intrigue and Laura Dave’s sparkling prose. This fast-paced, soulful novel explores themes of self-discovery, trust, and the perils of an Instagram-filtered existence.
After focusing on wine in her previous novel, Eight Hundred Grapes, Dave's new novel centers on food, following a disgraced YouTube chef forced to confront her (in)authentic self. On her 35th birthday, Sunshine Mackenzie wakes up on top of the world: she has a successful online cooking show and several cookbooks to her name, not to mention a lucrative Food Network contract. But when a hacker reveals on Twitter that Sunshine's entire public persona from her culinary chops to her picture-perfect marriage to her down-home upbringing is a fraud, she quickly discovers just how fragile and fleeting success can be. Fleeing scandal by retreating to Montauk and her estranged sister's strained good graces, Sunshine desperately casts about for a new beginning; soon enough, however, she realizes that starting over isn't easy when you no longer have any idea who you really are. In Sunshine, Dave reveals her skill at crafting deeply flawed yet sympathetic characters and avoids easy resolutions in favor of realizations hard won by the heroine. The settings both the glamorous Manhattan and Hamptons environs and the restaurant-kitchen intrigues are engaging, but ultimately Sunshine's journey to define herself apart from her Instagram filters and YouTube followers is where the novel shines.
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I needed a break from my current reading trend which was anything a friend had recommended! What a pleasant surprise this book was, easy reading by an Author I was not familiar with. The story was believeable, easy and breezy and just what I needed. I am starting Eight Hundred Grapes now.
Don’t waste your time on this one
Couldn't put it down
It was a very good story line.