Bright Side by Kim Holden
Published by Do Epic LLC on 7/4/14
Genres: Drama, New Adult, Rockstar, Romance
Secrets.Buy the Book •
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.
Lets play a game, shall we?
Its called: Lets make Kristina’s heart shred into millions of pieces. Let us gather, and stomp on her emotions until she’s laughing while she’s crying, and crying during all the happy moments, as well as, the sad.
I was on such a roller coaster, that I seriously had to question whether I was pregnant.
Why you ask?
The last time I was this emotional over reading anything, it was an easter card I got from my Nana three years ago. I was in the uncontrollable emotions stage of pregnancy. I just happened to be crying over how beautiful her handwriting was in the card. By handwriting I mean it was her signature, and that was a beautiful goddamn signature. I was smiling, and reading while two streams of utter bullshit was pouring down my cheeks. I was so ashamed. I am still embarrassed. I told no one, until now. Lets just keep this between us…
Bright Side is more than a story about falling in love. Its not a coming of age story, and it most definitely can not be lumped into the UNI books floating through the comtemporary indie channels. The blurb eludes to secrets, and yes there are some heavy omissions for a good portion of the book. That’s not to say that I didn’t see the revelations coming. I totally did, but they still punctured me in epic ways. I can not even TRULY classify this as a love triangle, because the level of affection for each, and every character was so thought out. Kim Holden is a Mother Fucking genius. A motherfucking dream maker, if you will. MFDM Y’all.
I spent the first half of the book falling in love with Kate Sedgewick or Bright Side as she is most commonly referred to by her best friend Gustov or Gus for short. These two californians built a solid kinship throughout their life. The love they have for one another is so strong it washes over every interaction. I was thankful for this relationship. I cried ugly tears for these two. They were the strong foundation in each other’s life. It was beautiful. Simply stunning. Now don’t go assuming they are friends with benefits or in a dating relationship, because they are not. However their relationship means much, much more than what we could have gotten had they been portrayed as genuine ex lovers. Am I eluding to them being in Love? Not really. I think labeling that would take away from them.
Kate doesn’t seek out people who need help, but its more like her heart is so big that they fall into her lap. She’s not a push over by no means , but she proves time and again that she will push her needs away to help someone out. Whether they truly deserve it or not. (I’m looking at you Maddie.) Kate is a magnetic force. She is anything, but shy, and has a way of speaking to each person in such a way that they are left with nothing, but adoration.
The thing I found most intriguing is that each character, regardless of their role within the book, was so thought out. They were fully developed relationships. They had their own language, and they were very genuine. Grant became a place I felt I was a part of. This is something a lot of authors struggle with. That authenticity of the world they are creating, without ruining the plot with unneccessary descriptions of the characters surroundings. I enjoyed the little details, like the bells, or the newspaper Kate read. I became Kate in so many ways througout this story. I found myself reading aloud to her dialouge, and narrations. I couldn’t help it. Kim Holden made a Kate shaped place in my heart. Thats what made the tears form. I was so attached to this story unknowingly that her struggles blew me, and my tear ducts away.
Shall we take a break away from the heavy?
Keller Banks is my homeboy. This man moved me. His was such a refreshing character for me. I found his POV’s fantastic. I loved getting a glimpse into his mind, especially during his drunken rager. IT WAS AWESOME! I felt like Kate struggled a whole lot more with her decision not to pursue her feelings for him, than Keller did. Yeah Yeah, he had a major secret. BUT DUDE! He totally wanted a slice of the Kate pie, and I don’t mean in the sexual sense. Okay, I’m lying. I totally mean the sexual sense, but he also wanted the whole picture. He fell in Love at first sight, and it was an ugly, ugly fall. When they finally find solace in one another, I am so wrapped up in Team Keller than I wanted to curl into a ball when Kate’s secret was revealed…
Which brings us back to the heavy. I want to discuss the heavy. I really do, but It’ll rob you of the entire last forty percent of this book. I can’t do that to you. So much happens, and you will find the build up of that connection you have with Kate will make this portion of the book mean the world. There’s nothing like a beautiful, epic ending that will hurt you in all the right places. I can’t elaborate any more than that. It’s just something you will have to read for yourself. You may hate me afterwards, and thats totally okay Dude, because I think I hate Kristen a little when she recommended it. The fact remains though that I am so happy that I experienced every emotion this story drew out in me. I am satisfied at how this story progressed. Did it rip me apart? Every step of the way, but it was such a beautiful, spectacular ride. I needed this story. I needed to feel those emotions. It made me more human.
So while you debate over whether to one-click this or not, I’m just going to go on living my new life motto.
Ready to DO EPIC?