Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland will be a bright spot in your summer reading! Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion for an advance reader copy, which in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review. Check out all the book information below, my spoiler-free review, and a blog exclusive giveaway!

 

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Category: New Adult, Contemporary
Publication: July 11th,  2017; Hyperion
Purchase: Amazon

A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

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.

Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

 

Review:

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 
“She came out here with no agent, no friends, no school, no nothing — bravest person I’ve ever met”

Hello, Sunshine is a book for the dreamers and the doers! This book is light and super fun to read. It gives you strength to discover yourself, while taking major risks but never forgetting who you truly are. This is the perfect summertime read! The pages just keep flipping and you will have a smile on your face the entire time.

It is so refreshing to read about someone who is so honest, trying to be their best self. That is Becca to a ‘T’. She is just herself, she may not have gotten into college and moving to California may not be exactly as she thought it would be, but it never stops her from being who she is.  Becca never stops trying. She wants to be a better version of herself, and the only way to do that is to move forward. As a young, inexperienced, recent high school graduate, moving out on her own is a struggle, but Becca is constantly learning what not to do, and how to budget properly. Adulting is hard, but she never stops putting one foot forward.

This is not a perfect world, and Becca is constantly being rejected, but it never stops her. She may cry. She may get angry, but she really doesn’t give up. Super inspirational and very much a pick-me-up, go get ’em feels! You can’t help but root for Becca the entire time while she learns what it is like to have control over your life. She is unequivocally likable in every way.

Becca meets two people in her apartment building that become more than just her friends in her new adventure. They become her champions. Marisol and Raj are both in the industry trying to make it as well. They both lend so much to the positivity that surrounds Becca, and as characters they thank her for their positivity, as she just radiates it, even when she is sad, they all have a way of turning that frown around. All three of them really work well together as they all aspire to make their Hollywood dreams come true.

My only bellyache was that it felt like the first half of the book was slightly slow going, but once you got into the thick of it, it was impossible to put down. I also wanted a certain romance to happen way before it actually did, but I respect the way it happened, because it was realistic in this narrative.

If you like a hopeful and downright positive new adult summer read I recommend Hello, Sunshine, but be careful, no matter what your age is, you might want to pick up and move to that sweet, sunny coastal life!

 

Author Bio: Leila Howland

A graduate of Georgetown University, LEILA HOWLAND spent five years acting in New York in everything from an MTV public service announcement for safe sex to a John Guare play at Lincoln Center, and was a proud company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. Currently, she is a school librarian in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family. Visit her online at leilahowland.com or on Twitter @leilahowland.

 

Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One
Monday, July 10th: Who R U, Review
Tuesday, July 11th: Page Turners, Ode to LA Guest Post
Wednesday, July 12th: The Lovely Books, Review
Thursday, July 13th: YA Books Central, Playlist Post
Friday, July 14th: Fiktshun, Review

Week Two
Monday, July 17th: Ex Libris, Review
Tuesday, July 18th: Such a Novel Idea, Author Post
Wednesday, July 19th: Book Crushin’, Review
Thursday, July 20th: Across the Words, Dream Casting Post
Friday, July 21st: The Reading Nook Reviews, Spotlight Post

 

Giveaway:

A finished copy of Nantucket Summer by Leila Howland (bind-up of both Nantucket Blue/Red!) (US Only), just leave a meaningful comment and I will randomly pick one winner – closes 7/31/17 midnight EST.

Discussion ideas: Did you have dreams of picking-up and starting fresh? Did you get into the college of your dreams? Did you ever want to be an actor/performer, what was stopping you? Talk to me, my lovely readers!

 

13 Comments

  1. Tammy V.
    July 19, 2017

    I can’t imagine just picking up and going somewhere without knowing what I would be doing. I’m a planner and like to play it safe.

    • kelly
      July 19, 2017

      I don’t know if I could have done what Becca did either, at least when I went off to college there was a structure and a dorm and a cafeteria to keep me semi safe!

  2. Danielle Hammelef
    July 19, 2017

    Unfortunately for me, I played college safe and didn’t pursue my actual dream. Now, I don’t use my college degree, but I’m pursuing my real love–writing and books. I never would have been able to do this without my husband’s emotional and financial support. He will get my first dedication when I get published.

    • kelly
      July 19, 2017

      Awww yay for supportive spouses! I too technically do not use my degree these days but the bills get paid anyway and my science focused mind does me good in the long run!

  3. lacyliteracy
    July 19, 2017

    I haven’t heard anything about this book before, but it sounds interesting! I’m always excited to add new New Adult Books to my TBR.

    Despite not actually going that far away for college, I started completely fresh. I went somewhere where I only knew 1 other person from my high school was going. It was a great decision, and so nice to reinvent myself after going to school with the same group of people for so long.

    • kelly
      July 19, 2017

      This could almost be what most consider Upper YA, but there are a few (non-graphic) sex scenes, and she is 18 and on her own! So that means New Adult to me! I went far enough away 4hrs than 7hrs and not one person I knew was at either of the 2 colleges I attended, which was great for me! Half my HS went to the same colleges…no thanks!

  4. Christy Jane
    July 19, 2017

    Such a cute cover and so happy to hear it’s light! I’m looking for a beach read now 🙂

    • kelly
      July 19, 2017

      The cover was what grabbed me initially too! Plus it is being touted along with La La Land type stories! It is such a positive read that sometimes I was like damn I can’t help but smile while I read!

  5. cyborgcinderella
    July 20, 2017

    I wanted to be an actress for a few years but I don’t think I have the ability to handle so much rejection tbh. I would still love to do it one day though!

    • kelly
      July 21, 2017

      That was all I wanted when I was a tween/teen. To be a performer. I wasn’t that good and I wasn’t perfectly cute either. Glad I shattered my own dreams before someone had to shut me down.

  6. Ashley R.
    July 22, 2017

    This story sounds amazing. Growing up is hard, but I think it’s always a good thing to follow your heart and follow your dreams. The character in this books makes it her goal to pursue and follow her dreams, I hope to have courage to take steps towards following and living out my dreams to travel to Italy and learn how to make Italian pasta and gelato and to enjoy food. Food and books are my passion and will be a part of my dream! I’m jumping with excitement to read this story, I know this will be inspiring and funny and heartwarming and a joy to read this summer! Thank you for this awesome post and giveaway!

  7. theresajs
    July 31, 2017

    This book sounds really good!
    I only went to a community college (culinary) for 1 yr, didn’t go back as by then I knew I wanted to bake, and at that time, the school didn’t have a baking program.
    There are times when I think it would be nice to just move away from everything and everyone but I knew it’ll never happen. My friends wouldn’t let me! Besides I’m too chicken to do it.

  8. kelly
    August 3, 2017

    GIVEAWAY is Closed! Winner has been contacted by email!

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