Fans of stories that have a “behind the scenes” of Hollywood feel, especially fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid novels (Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Malibu Rising) will find it hard to put down The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta.
This page-turning novel follows the on again-off again relationship of Hollywood starlet Win and charming man-about-town Leo, alternating between their present day reunion in southern France and events over the course of the preceding decade.
On the surface, it seems like a frothy read, but it also resonates on deeper levels, exploring the price of notoriety in today’s culture. If you want a bingeable read that you’ll immediately want to discuss with a friend, this is the book for you.
Raela Schoenherr is an editor at a Minnesota publishing company. Find her on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.