Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

cover108435-mediumHello, Sunshine by Leila Howland is a young adult novel that is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2017 by Disney Book Group (Disney-Hyperion). I was drawn to this book because of the fun looking cover and found it to be a very fun read. The book follows an aspiring actress named Becca Harrington. She has received rejection letter after rejection letter from every college she has applied to. Instead of letting all this negativity get her down, she moves to LA on her own. There she meets Marisol and Raj, they quickly become friends. Howland writes about the struggles of a young woman being on their own for the first time like money problems and the stress of trying to pay bills. This book was very relatable to anyone who is in there teens or twenties. I found this to be a quick fun read. **I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

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? 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.

About the author: Leila HowlandLEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. 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. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.



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