Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Hello, Sunshine was another exactly-what-I-needed-at-exactly-the-right-time reads. It was such a great summer read (and will also make a great fall, winter, and spring read, too). At first, I was sure that Sunny was going to be one of those characters that I love to hate, and she was. For a while. But as I continued to get deeper into her story, I found myself coming around. Sunny won me over and now I have a little soft spot for her and her fight to rise up out of the ashes that were her entire life (it was a pretty huge fall from grace).
I really appreciated how relevant this book was to today’s society; how often do we find ourselves presenting only our best selves, or even just a fake best, when posting on social media? And what about our favorite celebrities? How much of what we’re seeing and reading is the truth? This was such an interesting story to read, and it was almost humbling to ride along with Sunny as she tried to figure out who she really was and how she’d get her feet back on the ground.
If you enjoy good women’s fiction, stories about women who hit rock bottom and find their way back out of the hole they’ve dug themselves into, stories about women who are able to rediscover the person they’d forgotten they were, or just plain well-written stories about interesting characters, this is your book. ~Amber
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.