Bright Side

Review ~ Bright Side by Kim Holden

Bright Side is a love story about life.
Or maybe it’s a life story about love
Either way it’s not what you’re expecting.
(Kim Holden)

Bright SideTitle: Bright Side (Bright Side #1)

Author: Kim Holden

Genre: New Adult

Published: July 4, 2014

~ Synopsis ~

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

~ Michelle’s 4.75 Star Review ~

I saw the book Bright Side mentioned on Facebook as a book that had gutted the reader, but it was the best book she had read all year (those were her words). So on a whim I decided to purchase the book without reading the synopsis first. It’s kind of crazy when I used to always read the last chapter of a book first because  I didn’t like surprises.  My how things have changed.

Bright Side is told from Kate’s POV, and each chapter is dated, almost like a diary. The book follows Kate while she leaves San Diego and moves to Minneapolis to attend college…leaving her best friend, Gus, behind.  We get to see how Kate interacts with the numerous people she comes in contact with, all while keeping a secret that will change the lives of her as well as her new friends.

Kate deals with her past, present, and her future like any true heroine would do. And without a doubt she is my absolute favorite character from the book because she is literally a breath of fresh air.  Kate always sees the good in every situation and makes the most of a bad situation. Kate is definitely my kind of friend; she has the best sense of humor. At times I could literally see Kate wearing a Superwoman costume and sporting a cape…always to the rescue and ready for anything.

“Don’t judge each other. We all have our own shit. Keep your eyes on yours and your nose out of everyone else’s unless you’re invited in. And when you get the invitation, help, don’t judge.”

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Kim Holden.  She does a fantastic job at writing likable and real characters, and I have to mention Gus and Keller. Honestly, every single character throughout the book is wonderfully written.

I pretty much had guessed what Kate’s secret was, but it didn’t change how I felt about the book.  My only comments/questions that I wish Holden would have addressed was whether Kate finished reading A Tale of Two Cities?  What became of Kate’s aunt?  And Kate gave Keller a book.  Did he ever read it?  They seemed to be important elements in the book but lacked closure.

“I’m not saying you shouldn’t pursue dreams and goals. Just don’t forsake the present for the unknowns of the future. A lot of happiness is bypassed, overlooked, postponed to a time years from now that may never come. Don’t bide your time and miss out on this moment for a tomorrow with no guarantee.”

I’m not going to lie. Bright Side had me in tears, but they weren’t all sad tears.  I believe I was even smiling through the tears.

Upon finishing Bright Side, I wasn’t sure I loved the book. However, I could not stop thinking about it. I kept reminiscing different scenes throughout the book, which made me realize that I liked/loved it more than I thought I did and would highly recommend it. There were so many life lessons throughout Bright Side, and I would recommend this book to readers 16 and older.

Bright Side is a stand-alone novel, although the author has stated that she is writing a sequel about Gus, and I look forward to reading that book too.

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~ About the Author ~

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Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I’m fairly certain it’s an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Haim, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars). I also love dreaming, which brings me to my next point. I have one bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! I wanted to write a book 20 years ago. Instead I waited. And waited. I should’ve been writing. But I didn’t. I don’t do regrets, because the past is just that, the past. But let me tell you there’s nothing in the world like achieving something you’ve dreamt about for years and years. So, get started. Make your dreams reality.

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