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Hello, Sunshine

By Nayanika Kapoor, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky, well-written tale of aspiring teen actress in LA.

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Author Leila Howland's beautiful writing makes Becca, her story, and the city of Los Angeles come to life. With descriptive details about every corner of the city, Hello, Sunshine, reads like a love letter to LA from Becca's unique perspective -- much like a YA novel version of La La Land.

While Becca's initial plan seems naive, she eventually proves herself to be persistent, intelligent, and incredibly endearing. Though parts of the novel may seem unrealistic, Becca's charm and the quirky details incorporated into the plot turn this classic aspiring-actress-in-LA story into something unique and lovable. Teens will be able to relate to Becca's struggles with her appearance and with feeling undesired, as well as her paralyzing fear of failure and heartbreak. The novel includes big messages about love and deviating from a more traditional path, even though the ending is underdeveloped and a bit disappointing. While adults and teenagers will both laugh and be frustrated with Becca at points, her eccentric charm eventually wins everyone over -- both the characters in the book and its readers.

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