BRIGHT SIDE by Kim Holden – JACQUE’S REVIEW

BRIGHT SIDE

WHY I READ IT

This book was recommended by so many people!!!  I had to see what all the hoopla was about!

WHAT I RATED IT

off the charts

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

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JACQUE’S REVIEW

WOW!  What a book!  I LOVED Bright Side by Kim Holden!  It is a must read!  It was NOT what I expected!  Early on, I thought it was going to be a love triangle story but that is not what it was.  It is so much more than that.

Bright Side is a story of love and friendship.  We see it between Kate and her best friend, Gus, and then again with the friends she gains when with she goes to college.  Gus and Kate’s friendship is put to the test early on, but they overcome it because losing their friendship is not an option.  They love each other too much for that and it is evident throughout the book.

“I know it’s hard to understand and maybe it doesn’t make sense, but our friendship has endured so much more.  I think we could work through just about anything the world has to throw at us and come out closer than we were before.”

They have known each other their entire lives.  Bright Side is the nickname given to Kate by Gus because, even though she has been through so much in her young life, she always looks on the bright side.

“You live up to your name everyday, you know that, Bright Side?”

“She’s the poster child for positivity.  She’s a freaking ray of sunshine.  She doesn’t just look on the bright side…she lives there.”

When she meets Kellar she tries to resist falling in love with him but fails…and so does he.  You could say they both fell in love at first sight.  We get to watch their love bloom into something beautiful.  They both have secrets and it’s when Kate’s secret is revealed that they are forced to look at the bright side of life.  But is that even possible?

“Then what’s the problem?!  You love me!  I love you!” (Kellar)

“That’s the F@u*king problem!  “You love me back!  It was never supposed to be this way!” (Kate)

“…That’s not your choice to make.  It’s mine.  I fell in love with you.  It would’ve happened whether you loved me back or not.  It’s impossible not to love you…” (Kellar)

All of the characters are great…Kate and Gus’s relationship never falters and that is something we don’t always see in books (or in life).  And watching the love grow between Kellar and Kate is beautiful.  As you read the story, we can see that Kate is placed in each of her friends’ lives for a specific reason.  She gives each of them something unique.

Kim Holden has written a beautiful story!  Believe me, my review is only the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more going on.  Be prepared to be emotionally drained…and bring the tissues…lots of them!  Bright Side is the type of book that is the most difficult for me to read because I become an emotional wreck!  But the way Kim Holden has written it makes it so worth it!!!  You do not want to miss out on this one!  You will find yourself unable to put the book down.

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