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)

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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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Release Day Blitz * THE RESOLUTION OF CALLIE &KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen * GIVEAWAY

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book THE RESOLUTION OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN!

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Synopsis

Things are going good for Callie and Kayden. They’re still dealing with their past and the pain connected to it, but for the most part they’ve moved on. The biggest decision they have at the moment is what they want to do with their lives in the future.

Eventually, though, the past catches up with them and they’re left facing tough choices. But Callie and Kayden learn that as long as they have each other, they can make it through just about anything. And in the end, they discover what they really want out of life.

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Excerpt

“She’s just being nice,” Kayden says gazing down at me. His hair is ruffled and his jawline is scruffy and he looks so happy. “And it’s nice… that she wants to be so nice… it could be worse than an overnice mother.”

“Yeah, I know.” I sigh, knowing he’s right, that it could be worse, that I could have a mother like his mother. “I just wish she’d be just a little bit less embarrassing.” I raise my hand and make a pinching gesture with my fingers. “Maybe just a teeny tiny bit.”

“Yeah, I doubt that’s ever going to happen.” Kayden slips his shirt off and chucks it aside. His jeans ride low on his hips, giving me a view of his abs and chest that is crisscrossed with scars. “I did find it funny when she kept cracking jokes all through dinner about how she thinks we’re going to end up getting married.” He kneels down on the mattress, nudging my knees open with his knees until I spread open my legs for him.

“Oh God.” Shaking my head, I cover my face with my hands. “I’m glad you find it funny because I’m sure most guys would be running for their lives.”

The mattresses moves as he leans over me and puts a hand on each side of my head. I crack my fingers apart and look at him. He’s been so much happier since he put the past behind him. He seems to breathe freer, smile more, and it’s probably the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen. “Well, just make sure you really want this,” I say as he moves one of my hands away from my eyes. “Because you still have time to run.”

He shakes his head, his tongue slipping out of his mouth to wet his lips. “No running here,” he whispers in a raspy voice that I know only means one thing—he wants me. “Ever.” He moves my other hand away from my face then pins my arms above my head.

A while ago, the movement would have sent my heart soaring and not in a good way. But now… well, it freaking soars like a bird high up in the sky never wanting to return to land ever. It soars because it’s free. It soars for him.

“You want me,” I tease as he leans down to kiss me.

“You’re right,” he says. “And then I want to give you your present.”

“But you already gave me my present.” I pat my pocket where the tickets to the concert are that he gave me. He said it was for a redo of a night that should have been special, but he couldn’t give it to me then, but he was ready now to give me everything I deserve—his words not mine. My mom practically fainted when he said it. And me, well I think I fell in love with Kayden even more.

“Yeah, but that one was only the first part.” He kisses me, then softly bites my bottom lip before he leans back for air. “There’s more,” he breathes against my lips, coming in for another kiss. “But you have to wait.”

“Until when?” I wonder, my heart skipping a beat as his hands wander for the button of my jeans.

“Until we’re done with this.” He gives me a wicked smile as he flicks my button undone.

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AboutTheAuthorJessica SorensenThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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SERIES READING ORDER

Book 1: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

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Book 2: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

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Book 3: The Destiny of Violet and Luke

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Book 4: The Probability of Violet and Luke

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Book 5: The Certainty of Violet and Luke

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Book 6: The Resolution of Callie and Kayden

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