Book Review On: The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

About the authors(as seen in the book)

Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta have been writing fiction together since they first met in 2013. They are now married and live in Berlin, where they write and study. Originally from Australia, Mikaella was highly commended in the 2019 Bridport Short Story Prize and short listed in the 2019 Galley Beggar Press Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the TLS and the LA Review of Books, amongst others. Onjuli is British and was longlisted in the 2020 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, as well as publishing non-fiction in the Billfold and Daddy Magazine.




Publication date: 6th July 2021

Publisher: Headline Publishing

ISBN: Hardback 9781472271716

Ebook 9781472271730

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 325 pages

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: ARC Proof Paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine (Gifted)

Blurb (as seen in the book)

Whitman ‘Win’ Tagore and leo Milanowski are the greatest love story of our time. International movie star meets the beautiful sone of a millionaire. Their kisses write headlines and their fights break the internet. Nobody needs to know it’s not real.

Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection- especially from a woman of colour. Leo just wants to enjoy life, and shift press attention away from his dysfunctional family. Together they control the narrative.

Except this time, on the shores of Saint-Tropez, Leo is hiding a secret that is about to send Win’s world spinning. Now everyone’s dream couple must confront the messy reality of their relationship. Just as they’re starting to realise that they might actually be falling in love…

My Review

I would just like to thank Amazon Vine for my ARC Proof copy of The View Was Exhausting by Milaella Clements and Onjuli Datta.

The reader meets Whitman Tagore ‘Win’ a British Indian actress: who has built herself up from nothing. Working in an industry where perfection, image is paramount and life’s are laid out for the paparazzi to devour. She has a long standing on off relationship with rich playboy Leo Milanowski, or so it appears to the public. Their relationship is very hot topic and sets headline’s; boosting both their life’s. They both come from very different up-brings; Win and her working class family and Leo; his private schools and other privileges. The pair know each other well but still have an air of mystery and secrets that have been held back; which are about to blow up and rock Win’s world. But what they both don’t realise they have actually fallen in love. Will Leo’s secret be able to be contained? What is Leo hiding? Are they going to accept their feelings for each other? Will Win’s image be destroyed?

The View Was Exhausting was a enjoyable read. I found myself feeling invested into Win and Leo and wanted to find out more at the end of every chapter. I liked the writing style which has a mixture of dialogue and description; which I think really helped me to gel with the characters and the settings. Its got glitz, glamor, romance and drama of the celebrity world; but also shows the struggle for a woman of colour actress. I did find myself willing Win and Leo to realise their true love for each other and lay their cards on the table! It a book that will defiantly give you an insight into the celebrity world!

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The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

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