ARC Book Review: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
ashley | Not only was Laura Dave’s last book, Eight Hundred Grapes, a heart-felt book that really spoke to me, but I also credit it for inspiring me to hold my wedding at my parent’s country house last summer. When I was sent Dave’s new book Hello, Sunshine, I couldn’t wait to see what kind of life decisions it would help inspire for me.
I was really intrigued by the premise; I think the whole idea of “going viral” and online branding and a social image is such a fascinating and double edged sword. Social media is a tricky thing to manage and I was excited to read about someone who kind of manipulated that stage and created a totally fictional life for herself… and then had it all ripped out from under her in the blink of an eye.
There were a lot of important points in the book about what social media means in our day and age and how easily it is to completely lose yourself in the world you are trying to present as your own. A lot of people could likely learn from Sunshine’s hard lessons.
Sunshine was a great character, she certainly lost herself in her lies and built her empire on them, but she wasn’t a bad person. She didn’t calculatingly plan to deceive people and I think she handled her fall from grace with a lot of grace, at least most of the time.
I really liked that she returned to her home town after being away for so long. Dave seems to put a lot of emphasis on familial roots and those family connections and Sunshine got to reconnect with hers. The tarnished relationship with her sister and her new budding relationship with her niece were probably my favourite parts of the story.
This certainly turned into a bit of a redemption story, as Sunshine tried to put her life back together, but I always find that a little inspiring and I thought Sunshine’s drive and determination were really admirable. A lot of people would have acted out in much more desperate ways and would have spent a lot more time feeling sorry for themselves. Sunshine picked up her pieces and tried to move forward.
I read through this quite quickly, it was an easy and interesting read and also really relevant for this day and age. I don’t think a lot of people think twice about this online world we’re creating and how easily it can backfire against you. This wasn’t all sunshine along the way, but it definitely shined a bright light on the important picture in the end and that in itself was heartwarming.
today! july 11, 2017