Happy Sunday! I am trying to soak in every last minute of summer before the school year starts this week! End-of-summer scaries are the worst kind of scaries. Send help. I’m sending you into the new week with a fun book that lightheartedly digs into the discrepancy between online life and real life (which is a totally real issue, btw).
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is probably one that you have seen in bookstores or all over Instagram. I am excited to share my thoughts on it with you! Here is the rundown: Sunshine Mackenzie is a huge star in the food business (think Giada mixed with your favorite food blogger) who has millions of fans, followers, and friends from around the world. She has it all, but everything that she has is built on lies. It was a lie—a huge one—that began her career, and it is that same lie that will end her career. After she gets hacked and the truth is revealed to the world, Sunshine struggles to find herself and figure out how she is ever going to move forward.
I thought this book was cute and fun—a great one to read at the beach or by the pool because it was a super easy-to-read and easy-to-follow story. Hello, Sunshine really got me thinking about online authenticity and how a web-presence can sometimes be misleading. I always try to be the same person I am online that I am in person, but I do think it is hard to build a brand and get ideas across without sounding inauthentic at least some of the time. I don’t know. I guess this book put online “realness” at the forefront of my thinking. But I promise this book is lighthearted and funny and not at all as deep as I am making it out to be with my thoughts (ha!).
Another book by Laura Dave that you might want to check out is Eight Hundred Grapes. I haven’t read it, but a lot of book bloggers are saying they liked it better than Sunshine. Just putting it out there for ya!
Thank you to Elizabeth at Simon & Schuster for sending this book my way, along with the cutest goodies inside the package. Best bookmail ever!
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars