Thursday, May 4, 2023

Spotlight: The Daydreams

In 2004, every teenager in America was glued to their television to watch The Daydreams. With a cast of innocent-seeming teenagers acting and singing their hearts out, amazing ratings, and a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that steamed up fan fiction forums, The Daydreams captivated a generation – until it all crashed and burned during the live season two finale.

Thirteen years later, all of the show’s stars have taken different paths. Kat is a lawyer in Washington, DC, Liana is the wife of a famous athlete, Noah went on to become hugely famous and successful, and Summer crashed and burned along with the show. With fans demanding a reunion special, the four ex-co-stars are forced to reunite and face the truth about what happened many years ago. Will the reunion be a chance for redemption for The Daydreams stars and their careers? Will it end in another catastrophe? No matter what, the ratings will be wild.

The Daydreams sucked me in so thoroughly, I forgot I was reading a novel instead of a juicy stack of 2000s tabloids. Hankin pulls back the curtain on Hollywood's darkest secrets with plot twists that made me race toward the deeply satisfying ending. This perfect beach read is a nostalgic delight!”
—Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels

“Once again, Laura Hankin has blessed us with a book so riveting that I emerged on the other side sweaty, exhilarated, and fully needing this to be real life.”
—Samantha Bee, comedian and host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

“Addictive, twisty and so much fun, The Daydreams had me hooked from the opening number. This big-hearted book sharply examines the true cost of fame through the eyes of four former teen stars embarking on a reunion special. The early-noughties nostalgia is truly delicious but, as always with Hankin’s writing, it’s the beautifully rendered relationships that are the real heart of the story.”
—Ella Berman, author of The Comeback

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Laura Hankin is the author of Happy & You Know It and A Special Place for Women. Her musical comedy has been featured in publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she is developing projects for film and TV. She lives in Washington DC, where she once fell off a treadmill twice in one day.

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