The Blonde Bookworm: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave -- Review

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave -- Review

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Laura Dave
Pages: 256
Publishing: July 11th 2017 by Simon Schuster
ISBN: 1476789347 


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.


This was my first novel by Laura Dave and I wasn't disappointed. Hello, Sunshine was the perfect summer read and I couldn't put it down. From work drama, to family and romance drama, this novel had it all. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Sunshine and her personality and this novel hit on a lot of important topics. I especially liked how Dave made the reader contemplate if a person becomes "bad" all at once or over a period of time. 

Hello, Sunshine could be described as a "chic-lit" novel, but it didn't have the typical romance theme, and it included a little bit of mystery as well. Sunshine's career secrets were blown up on social media, and when the reader finds out who it was that leaked the information, well... let's just say it's pretty surprising! I loved the fast paced story and the characters were entertaining and complex. This was such a fun novel and I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy chic-lit and easy reads. 

Rating 4/5 

*Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 


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