Bright Side →

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Goodreads’ Book Description:

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.

Natasha’s Experience:
This probably isn’t the smartest idea: writing a review the minute I’ve finished this book, partly because my eyes are still swollen and partly because I like to let books sink in a bit before I get down and write about what I went through. For some reason, my review is demanding to be written now so I won’t go against it.

Some books tear you apart; other books breathe life into you. Somehow BRIGHT SIDE managed to do both simultaneously.

Any book that can make me feel something is usually a favorite for me, but when books manage to leave me in a puddle of tears and empathizing with fictional characters, I know I’ve been changed by an author’s words. Kim Holden, this is where I thank you for this incredible story. I kind of want to hate you for it, but I’ll channel my inner-Kate and say that you wrote epically. This story was astounding and I feel privileged to have experienced it.

I now realize my review says close to nothing about the story itself. This is intentional. If you enjoy feeling every emotion humanly possible, then read this book. If you don’t feel like that’s what you’re into, then don’t read this book. Either way, the choice is up to you. I’m exceptionally happy with mine.

Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

P.S. I have this theory that your most honest review of a book can be found in your texts to your closest friends. Here you can witness my unraveling and Gabrielle’s unequivocal support. Spoilers have been marked out!

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This is us in a nutshell. Book Baristas’ raw reviews = text conversations between the book baristas. 😉


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