“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, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six
"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
"Married couple Clements and Datta use a playful trope to confront weighty issues in their excellent debut, a romance that's as timely as it is heartfelt. Readers will come for the swoon-worthy romance and stay for the beautiful prose."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Clements and Datta give the novel grit, depth, and originality as they explore how Win must balance her need for self-preservation with her desire to expose the intersection of racism and sexism in the film industry. This will-they, won’t-they journey is packed with emotional resonance.”
"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 & Heather Cocks, bestselling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair
“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, New York Times bestselling author of Gideon the Ninth