Author: Leila Howland
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying. Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she’s running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this novel, as I started by not caring much for the main character Becca. It might have started off that way, mostly because of her attitude and choice of words on that first chapter, but that changed. It wasn’t until I read more of it ,and was introduced to the rest of the characters, that I started really enjoying Hello, Sunshine.
Marisol and Raj make this read much more interesting and a little more believable. I’m really glad that Becca has them in their life because she really is super naive. Her head is completely in the clouds, including a non-existent relationship with her ex-boyfriend Alex and her lifestyle choices when she’s got almost no money to her name.
There enters Marisol, to be the bestie she very much needs. I mean, really needs because she basically helps Becca with every aspect of her career and personal life. I get it though, Becca has just recently turned eighteen and everything is new to her, thus her bright outlook on life. Maybe in a sense I envy it a little bit because she got herself out there into the big world without over thinking the situation (yes in real life that wouldn’t cut it, but it’s a book so I enjoyed it much more because of it).
We then have Raj, who’s the kind of guy you want in a nice contemporary read and you think maybe he’s going to help Becca forget all about Alex. It doesn’t happen the way I was hoping, but I became happier with the situation the more I read. It’s a more realistic scenario with her being so young and just starting life, but her paying more attention to the new guy more than Raj broke my heart a little. Only a little though, because everything is made right before the book ends.
So then what kept me the most interested? No matter those unsavory moments in the story, they’re all a part of it and helping Becca’s life play out as good as possible after such a huge risk. With only a small amount of money to her name, she still keeps going and having a positive outlook on all of it. Again, one of those parts that’s just so unbelievable, especially in the city she has chosen to reside within, but that’s the best part of a cute read like this… it doesn’t have to be so depressingly truthful.
***I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program. All opinions are my own.***