Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Hello, Sunshine by Leila HowlandHello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 11th July 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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? 

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a sunny, fun, fluffy YA contemporary, ya know? I was in one of those moods when I requested this book, even though recently I’ve been avoiding YA contemporary like the plague. I have my reasons. Don’t judge. I hoped to just lost myself in Hello, Sunshine and pretend I lived in Los Angeles for a bit because the English weather has been a bit crappy this week, and lose myself I did.

I have a lot of love for books about actresses. Fiction books, that is. I really enjoy reading about the industry, whether the characters are struggling to get into acting, like Becca is in this book, or the characters are already full blown celebrities. I find the entire Hollywood mindset and obsession truly fascinating. And that kind of links in with my love for Rich People Drama. So this book was great for me.

The book starts with Becca, the main character, getting dumped. Like, completely out of the blue. Her boyfriend drove her across the country and then broke up with her when he dropped her in LA. I was SO. MAD. And then I realised that I was attached to Becca already and I calmed down and carried on reading. And reading. And reading. Then I was done and I was super happy with myself because I’d done exactly what I set out to do.

I loved Becca’s drive, and her whole attitude in general. I love that she was willing to go after what she wanted. She had a list of goals, which is something I relate to on an astronomical level. Because lists. I love that she didn’t let anyone tell her what to do, no matter how many people tried to dissuade her from her dreams.

Also, there was very little romance but quite a lot of sex. I say “quite a lot”, but really I mean there are two very light sex scenes as well as mentions of a couple of others. BUT! Becca has sex with (or talks about having sex with) three different guys in this book. Which was awesome. Because slut-shaming sucks, and I love how the book just rolls with sex and treats it as a normal thing, because that’s what it is.

Hello, Sunshine isn’t the most thought provoking book by any means, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perfect for a day at the beach. Or even a rainy day, really. I flew through it, and there wasn’t a moment where I was rolling my eyes (which is what has been happening a lot lately due to bleugh romances… but more on that later) or wanting to put the book down. 

What Other Bloggers Say

I used to do this thing where I would link up other people’s reviews at the end of my own. I like the idea so much that I wanted to bring it back, because blog hopping is fun and it’s always great to read other people’s opinions. The links below take you to other bloggers’ reviews. Enjoy!

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit: ★★★★½
Christina @ The Book Hookup: ★★★★
Elle @ Book Sp(l)ot Reviews: ★★★½

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