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The View Was Exhausting

(2021)
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“A pure delight! Effortlessly cool, razor sharp, and crazy fun—I couldn’t put it down.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling authors of Daisy Jones & the Six "The complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for—I couldn't get enough."—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
 
Faking a love story is a whole lot easier than being in love . . .

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.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"Deft, funny and tender, The View Was Exhausting is as smart as it is swoon-worthy." - Julia Armfield

"A glamorous power ride." - Julie Cohen

"A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it." - Victoria Gosling

"Funny, warm and gorgeously written...I was totally swept away." - Jane Healey

"An absolutely stellar debut with tension that crackles and prose that sings, The View Was Exhausting is the complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for. Clements and Datta have crafted a book that's as heartfelt and earnest as it is sharp and surprising--I couldn't get enough." - Emily Henry

"A book to read in the sun with a glass of wine and nothing else to do all day. Fun, sexy and totally gripping." - Laura Kay

"The View Was Exhausting sweeps you up into the tilt-a-whirl of Hollywood relationships. This richly drawn romance is, crucially, also a journey through the unjust rules forced upon women--especially women of color-- who dare to play the fame game. It's timely, touching, and a tantalizing love story." - Jessica Morgan

"I read it all in one morning and couldn't put it down once, which frankly was of huge disadvantage to me because I had work to do. The View Was Exhausting is enormously sophisticated, tension held like a net, as it slowly holds the reader closer and closer to a fire, and I laughed many times. It's an absolute tour de force, and Win is now one of my new favorite protagonists ever." - Tamsyn Muir

"The View Was Exhausting is a pure delight! Effortlessly cool, razor sharp, and crazy fun--I couldn't put it down. It is Notting Hill for 2021, an absolute crowd pleaser." - Taylor Jenkins Reid


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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
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July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
ISBN: 1-4722-7172-6 / 978-1-4722-7172-3 (UK edition)
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
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July 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
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Publisher: Review
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July 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
Publisher: Review
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
Publisher: Review
Availability: Amazon UK   


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July 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The View Was Exhausting
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
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July 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The View Was Exhausting: their love story has fooled the cameras but what is real behind the scenes?
Author(s): Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta
Publisher: Review
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU