Variation #48120 of The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta


Faking a love story is a whole lot easier than being in love . . .

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“A quintessential summer read, this book is as smart as it is frothy.

Stacked with beautiful rich people, will they/won’t they romance, and swoon-worthy tension, THE VIEW WAS EXHAUSTING skillfully dissects the intersections of power, fame, privilege, sexism and racism without ever taking away from the escapist lure. Win and Leo are a delight, their bad decisions folding easily into the charming and humorous personas the authors have created on the page (and the ones the characters create for themselves in their “fake romance”).

This is a quick, atmospheric read that delivers on both and wit and mess. It demands to be read in the heat of summer where even the most deluded choices seem like a good idea.”


The world can see that international A-list actress Whitman (“Win”) Tagore and jet-setting playboy Leo Milanowski are made for each other. Their kisses start Twitter trends and their fights break the internet. From red carpet appearances to Met Gala mishaps, their on-again, off-again romance has titillated the public and the press for almost a decade. But it’s all a lie.

As a woman of color, Win knows the Hollywood deck is stacked against her, so she’s perfected the art of controlling her public persona. Whenever she nears scandal, she calls in Leo, with his endearingly reckless attitude, for a staged date. Each public display of affection shifts the headlines back in Win’s favor, and Leo uses the good press to draw attention away from his dysfunctional family.

Pretending to be in a passionate romance is one thing, but Win knows that a real relationship would lead to nothing but trouble. So instead they settle for friendship, with a side of sky-rocketing chemistry. Except this time, on the French Riviera, something is off. A shocking secret in Leo’s past sets Win’s personal and professional lives on a catastrophic collision course. Behind the scenes of their yacht-trips and PDA, the world’s favorite couple is at each other’s throats. Now they must finally confront the many truths and lies of their relationship, and Win is forced to consider what is more important: a rising career, or a risky shot at real love?

The View Was Exhausting is a funny, wickedly observant modern love story set against the backdrop of exotic locales and the realities of being a woman of color in a world run by men.

Variation #48120 of The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta