Bright Side by Kim Holden

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. 

 
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Gutted.... my heart and soul are GUTTED!!!

I feel like I have been filleted with a rusty spoon, and left soaking in an alcohol bath.....

this story is heart wrenchingly gorgeous... beautiful.... beyond words... but it is TORTURE!

big girl panties for this one my lovelies... 
i sobbed... snotty sobbed, trembling lips... couldn't catch my breath for the last quarter of the book... 

insanely good... insanely painful...

i need a nap.... no.. i need an alcohol induced blackout...
ciao!
 
Kelly - 5 Crowns

 

Bright Side is one of the most empowering, emotional and unforgettable reads of 2014!  - Kelly, Perusing Princesses

"Today, my life is awesome. I don't want to think about tomorrow. Or the day after that. So I repeat to myself: Today, my life is awesome."

Bright Side isn't just another college based romance, this is a journey of life. Sometimes it's insanely beautiful, a gift, while at others, it can be arduous and painful. This is that book. A story of substance, honesty, empowerment, and with three of the most amazing characters I have ever had the privilege to meet.

As far as heroines go, Kate Sedgwick is up there with the best. She is fun-loving, sassy, intelligent and witty with the heart of a thousand Angels. Her character shines and her zest for life is inspiring and addictive. No matter what is thrown at her, she takes it on the chin, stands up straight and puts a positive spin on everything, even the bad. But what makes her really shine is the dialogue, this girl has a wicked sense of humour, her comebacks are absolutely epic. Everyone needs a Katie in their life, even if it's only in this wondrous world of literary make-believe... regardless, she's penetrated and set up home in my heart, therefore, for me, she is very real indeed. I can only attribute that to the wonderful writing. This is my first book by Kim Holden and it won't be my last!

Besides Katie, there are two other characters that made this book for me;

Gus, the straight-talking, aspiring rock star best friend.

And

Keller, the beautiful coffee shop boy who likes to keep people at a comfortable distance.

Katie never wanted to fall in love, and sleeping with Gus on her last night at home before embarking on her new college experience wasn't in the itinerary . For fear of it causing complications, she sticks to her plans and moves to Grant, near Minneapolis with somewhat of a heavy heart.

Gus never felt happiest then that one night only with his best friend, but he is adamant that his girl, his Bright Side follows her dreams, and he follow his. Being on the road with a band is no place for a young woman who wants nothing more than to educate herself in teaching children with special needs. That's Bright Side, always willing to put others before herself, even him.

Keller works at Grounds, the coffee shop near campus. A major in pre-law, he keeps himself to himself, and saves every penny he makes so he can pop back home to Chicago every other weekend. He isn't forthcoming with information and Katie is happy to let it slide, after all... everyone has secrets, even her.

Falling in love should be met with joy, instead for Katie, it is met with crushing guilt and fear.

Keller isn't backing down, Gus isn't keen on letting her go, and Katie... is met with a difficult decision. Do you live for the moment, take what you can and hold onto it with both hands, or do you walk away, knowing that your path is set in stone, and no matter what you do to change it, the outcome will always be the same?

I will leave it there, I don't want to give away any spoilers, but what I will say is this story is profoundly deep, sensual, fun and thought-provoking.

It tells of new friendships, of love, of trust, and everything in-between, and you bask in its glory from start to finish.

Bright Side is one hell of a page turner, and if you can get over the excessive use of the word, 'dude' in the early pages, you will come to realise it's the best endearment ever.

Also, great news... Gus is getting his own book in 2015. <3

5 'DO EPIC, DUDE' STARS!

READ IT!

 

Emma - 5 Crowns

WOW what a journey, i am heartbroken but hopeful all at once. I think i have also done wonders for the profits of a certain Tissue company. This is an amazing read

 

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