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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 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.
Simon and Schuster
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"This is a perfect example of a book that starts out full of promise and then implodes at the end. The first half is very entertaining as the story of how an internet celerity is hacked and taken down. Then it somehow turns into a boring analysis of how social media is ruining lives. Lastly, there is an inexplicably stupid twist and the main character makes the dumbest decision at the end. It went from a 4 Star to a 1 Star rating just like that! So, I’m settling on a 2 Star rating."
"http://www.anurseandabook.com/2017/07/hello-sunshine-by-laura-dave.html<br/>Sunshine is the result of our social media engineered life. She has become a food and lifestyle guru via all the platforms, she's "internet famous". She's about to get her own TV show, ala Rachael Ray, and everything seems to be going well - except her personal life. She can barely be bothered to go to her own birthday party - or to look up from her phone at her husband.<br/><br/>But she does go to her own birthday party and the anonymous texts begin - threatening to expose her for the fraud that she is. Sunshine doesn't know how to cook, her recipes all come from her partner's wife and she's been lying to the world.<br/><br/>That night her life falls apart as the anonymous source begins to spill all of her secrets on Twitter. It's a bitter downfall via the medium that built her up.<br/><br/>Thus begins Sunshine's fall from grace, ending with her living on her sister's couch, a sister who doesn't like her very much, friendless, husbandless and jobless. <br/><br/>At this point there's nowhere to go but up, but even that isn't easy for her. She is face to face with the fact that people don't seem to like her very much in person, a hard pill to swallow for someone who thought she was loved by so many strangers. And through her story, we find out she hasn't really been someone to love, disloyal to her husband and family and drinking her own koolaid. <br/><br/>At times this made it hard to root for her - she kind of got what she deserved. It was a somewhat melancholy read because there was no storybook ending, but definitely worth reading.<br/><br/>Current Goodreads Rating 3.93<br/>"