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Hello, Sunshine

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  136 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm kind of shocked that this doesn't have more reviews or a higher rating because, on the surface at least, it seems to be exactly the kind of book most of my friends are clamoring for. Becca Harrington is coming to Los Angeles to become a star. She arrives there with her preppy New England boyfriend who, while letting her off, drops an "I think we should take a break" bombshell.


With no belongings apart from a single suitcase, no
Fafa's Book Corner
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Content Warning: A creepy neighbor who continues to harass and stalk the main character. There are some sex scenes but nothing explicit. And a nudity situation.

Book 2 for Monstrous March.

Becca and her boyfriend Alex are spending one last hoorah before Alex goes to college. All of the college's that Becca applied for denied her. Upon her mother's request Becca plans to look for a part time job whilst trying to became an actress. Much to
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
3.5 stars - This was a really fun read but I still love the Nantucket series more.
Liza Wiemer
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Brittany S.
Announcement reaction: New Leila Howland YA. I need this in my life so badly. THE EXCITEMENT IS REAL

Initial Impressions 6/7/17 and full review as originally posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 8/16/17: I cannot tell you how much this kills me… But I didn’t connect with this book in any way at all. Leila Howland’s Nantucket series still remains one of my all-time favorite series. Cricket is my soul-sister. I get her. I loved her. Both books had this realism and magic. HELLO, SUNSHINE didn’t ha
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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3.5 Stars

Hello, Sunshine is the perfect book to read if you’re looking for something inspiring. This story is about a young girl figuring out how to live on her own while trying to achieve her goal of becoming an actress. I loved this concept and the strong bonds the main character makes, but I found the pacing to be a bit slow. However, I would still recommend this to those who are interested in the world of acting.

Since I’m a sucker for books about acting, the co
Katie W
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-for-me
I really wanted to love this book, but I think I must get getting old, as some parts were not for me. I had higher expectations from a Disney publisher. This book is compared to a YA version of La La Land but this is the R-rated version, as far as content is concerned. I guess I was just taken by surprise. If you don't mind that, you'll probably really enjoy it.

When Becca can't get into college, she drives across the country to give herself a year to make it into the acting world in Hollywood. T
Aug 09, 2017 marked it as lost-interest
Lost Interest

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, within the first chapter I just knew this wasn't a book for me and I quickly lost interest. Honestly, I don't even know why I requested this book anyways. I normally never read this type of stuff.

Thank you NetGalley, for providing me with this novel.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yallwest-2017
Two stars for the beginning, three stars for the middle, and two stars for the end. The middle evens out the other two, though.


In the beginning Becca is ridiculous. She's so green with everything! How do you literally move across the country and assume you will be able to live off a couple thousand? Did she even bother to look at the living costs in Hollywood, let alone California? Why the hell did she not know anything about becoming an actor?! RESEARCH, girl!

Plus, everyone is ridiculo
0.5, and just no. No, and more no. Hello, Goodbye.

0.5 stars... only because it took place in LA/Hollywood. Other than that... well, let me list some reasons. I am still on vacation and I frankly don't want to think of this book any more, so I will just make a list of reasons why I didn't like this book, or actually, the MC.

-Oh, hey, I am just going to live in effing Hollywood, I got 4000 dollars that should be enough right? Um, girl, you need a) an apartment b) furniture c) stuff for your kitche
Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing a review copy!

I have such a soft spot for Leila Howland's Nantucket series, so I was thrilled to see a new book by her, although set on the West Coast. My NetGalley request to read Hello, Sunshine was approved with perfect timing as I had just listened to Leila's podcast interview with Sarah Enni on First Draft, and learned about her time spent as an aspiring actress herself. It set the stage perfectly for my reading of Hello, Suns
Jen Ryland
This book was adorable! Becca's feeling low. Not only was she rejected from every college she applied to, but after a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend - he's headed to Stanford, she's headed to L.A. to try to find work as an actress - he dumps her. But she pulls herself up and tries to make it work.

I loved that this book didn't sugarcoat the difficulty of working toward your dreams. I was reading an NYT article recently that described a college that taught a class on failure -- being o
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

Several years ago, I read Howland’s debut, Nantucket Blue, and I saw glimmers of promise mired in a book filled with girl-hate. With Hello, Sunshine, I’ve got a Howland book I can really love, and that pleases me no end. If you were afraid to give Howland another shot after Nantucket Blue, you should definitely give this one a try. Hello, Sunshine has an engaging voice and adorable ship, so that makes it Christina approved.

First thing you need to know is that the book cover is completel
Adriana C
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Hello, Sunshine is a cute, light and fun contemporary young adult novel.

Becca, an 18-year-old girl recently graduated from high school, whom after receiving her rejection letters from all the universities that she applied, decides to go to Los Angeles to try her luck and see if she can become an actress. Her mother gives her a year to follow her dream, but after that lapse she must try to apply to some other university.

Becca has a plan, living with her cousin while she finds her way at
Lauren R.
4.5 stars. Well clearly I couldn't put that down. I didn't expect to start and finish this book today but here we are. I looooved this. Like in the Nantucket series, the main character was real and goal-oriented; she kept trying and really didn't give up. The Hollywood theme/setting drew me in immediately even though Becca's independence didn't feel super believable, considering how old she was. Her mom was really supportive and awesome even though, again, it's crazy that she let her daughter do ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy W.
Cover Story: Hello, Gorgeous
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Easy Breezy
Bonus Factors: New Adulthood, Hollywood Dreams
Relationship Status: Summer Fling

Read the full book report here.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Hello, Sunshine is a fun story about an 18 year old girl who drops everything, moves across the country to California, in the hopes of becoming an actress. She's got her head full of such ideas as to how she's going to make it but she has no idea for the reality that's about to hit her in the face. First up, living in LA is not cheap. So, she gets this run-down studio apartment that should have probably been updated years go. Then she realizes that to become an actress, you don't just waltz into ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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
You can find my full review and teaser quote here on The Book Hookup.

*Disclaimer: An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Rating: 3.75, rounding up to 4 full stars!

Not going to lie to y'all, the book slump has been strong in this one–like, haven't touched a single book in a month kind of bad slump–but
Leanna (daisychainbooks)
If there’s one thing you should know about Becca Harrington, it’s that she’s not the kind of girl who lets life get her down. So, when Becca is rejected from not one, not two, but every single one of her college choices, she refuses to despair. Instead, Becca turns her attention towards Hollywood where, armed with nothing but her hopes and dreams, she’s determined to make it as a star. Or, you know, a working actress.

Becca is a breath of fresh air, relentlessly enthusiastic and optimistic abou
Aug 25, 2019 added it
Shelves: ya, contemporaries
I feel like there is not much to say about this? It's not great. But it's not bad either. It just feels very surface level to me. The secondary characters, Raj and Marisol, don't feel very developped. He is an aspiring film maker who is in film school and work a day job at a bar. She is an aspiring actress who has a day job as a personal assistant. We don't know much more so I wasn't attached. Becca is a bit more developped. And it is good that she is aware she has a lot to learn because darn, s ...more
Kezia Palmer
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I thought this was a great coming of age story for those just graduated out of high school. It really shows you how much you have to do when you move out on your own. This book follows Becca Harrington and her dream to make it big in the acting industry. It includes lots of ups and downs that both help and hinder Becca's dreams. It was eye-opening to read about how much fighting you need to do for yourself in the acting industry. I probably won't read this again because I found some of the thing ...more
Sarah Laurence
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Howland's sweet YA novel about an aspiring teen actress' failures and perseverance was a heart-warming escape from this horrific week in American politics. Becca's cringe-worthy mistakes felt very true to teens and her voice was genuine. I appreciated that her closest friends were diverse characters and the waitressing scenes felt very realistic. Romance was a big part of the narrative but not the central focus. The ending had a good twist. You should check out the author's Nantucket Blue & Nant ...more
Kayla Cagan
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Howland's Hello Sunshine is a departure from her Nantucket Summer series. It's grittier by sheer placement of Los Angeles over Nantucket, and the characters, all of them, have a lot to learn about making it in "the big city". I found myself more worried about Becca, who deeply wants to redeem herself and her ego after not getting into college (not a spoiler) and brave a whole new life super different from her own. There's a large cast of characters that demonstrates the realities of big city liv ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Cute read, but I hated her annoying mom. And her road to stardom seemed a little contrived. Can't win 'em all. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quick read. I loved the author's first two novels and prefer the beachy setting of those to the chaos of L.A. in this one; however, this was still very enjoyable and well-written. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5!!! Review to come!
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I was a theatre major in college, so this book called to me. Reading the Leila Howland’s bio, you’ll find that she spent five years acting in New York, so she knows a thing or two about how tough it is to make it in the acting world, and it shows in the book. It takes a good mix of talent, luck, hard work, and knowing the right people to be successful. Howland gives us a realistic view of that—at first I was worried th
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks!)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Hello, Sunshine was just a fun YA contemporary book to read. It's about a teenage girl named Becca Harrington, who moves to LA to pursue an acting career when she doesn't get accepted into college. She has a year to try out this dream before she has to reapply to go to college. With the help of her new LA friends, she starts the difficult journey of becoming an actress.

This novel is kind of like a cheerier
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Leila Howland grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. She is the author of the YA novels Nantucket Blue, for which she was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start author, Nantucket Red, and Hello, Sunshine, as well as the Silver Sisters middle gra ...more

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