What is a family?
Rick Myers is a despondent 17-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he's grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, "the crew" is all he has. At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she's often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy's past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick's resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
The Bright Side of Darkness is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
©2015 J. E. Pinto (P)2015 J. E. Pinto
As one would expect from a book in this genre, this is a
character-driven story. It's engaging and has its moving moments.
However, both the story and the characters are rather flat and
unrealistic. The only truly likable character is Daisy and she's rather
too accomplished to be believable. Religious elements of this story are
somewhat heavy handed as well.
Adam Syron has a youthful voice with a Texas accent that fits the story
well. He makes a reasonable effort to give distinctive voices to the
characters. Unfortunately, both the voicing and the production are
inconsistent. There are some significant technical issues that make this
production sound unprofessional.
All that said, the author did manage to draw me into the lives of these
characters and kept me interested in what happened to them. I enjoyed
NOTE: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in
exchange for this unbiased review.
Yes I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a bit about blindness or who just likes a good uplifting story. ;
the growth of the characters through the story, and the fact that it isn't part of a series. It's nice to read a novel with a beginning and a middle and an end, all in one book.
Oh there were so many. I loved the scenes with Tim and Jake, and the ones with Rick and Walter, especially the first one.
people can surprise you? Maybe? I really don't want to be cliché, but stupid things like don't judge a book by it's cover comes to mind. lol
I put this book on my wish list and had intentions of reading it because my friend had written it and I wanted to support her work. but honestly I really really didn't want to read a book about some blind chick with a guide dog being enspiring and blah blah blah, we've all been there and hated it. But I figured it's only 8 hours of my life and the narrator was great so here we go. So for the first little bit I was all like, yeah well this is nauseatingly familiar. He's amazed she can breathe and walk and dress herself and talk and all...okay it wasn't *quite* that bad but he was annoying with his "even though she was blind she could do fill in the blank" all the time. But then, and I am not spoiling it for anybody, but then something big happens which caused me to forget I had a life outside my book for the next 5 hours or so. I was kinda wishing I could put my kids in stasis so I wouldn't have to put it down. I loved the story, and the narrator was awesome as well. He did different voices which were very well done. The only thing is that he sometimes moved his head when he read so the sound moved or was muffled sometimes. That's the only reason for my lower rating on performance. The story and everything else was fabulous. The characters were believable and who doesn't love babies and dogs?
I heard the sample of this book and was excited to read a story about a group of scrappy teenagers forced to fend for themselves, one of whom happens to be a blind girl.
Not only was Daisy, as a blind character, completely shallow (she did stuff! AND she was blind! and she had a dog!), but the dialogue was clunky and childish. The phrase |or something" was used in both dialogue and narrative passages so frequently that I wanted to yank my hair out.
The narrator puts on this "Texas" accent, then drops it in places, then picks it up again. You can hear pages turning and other background noise, and some sentences or parts of sentences were clearly re-recorded.
I wanted to like this. I wanted to like it a lot. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the juvenile dialogue, improbable circumstances, and clunky audio production.
Cheering for Rick, Tim, Stacey, Mark, Captain, Walter and even for Brian toward the end, and hoping they'd survive their poor decisions, misfortunes and struggles.
There were many- probably a toss up between the swimming pool scene and the fire.
Though the author does a great job with her words in describing the scenes and making the characters real , Syron's style and intonation brought another layer of depth to the character's and surroundings.
It's a great title! For a sequel: Stumbling Through the Brighter Side because even though they all seemed to survive their adolescences, I'm curious how they handle what comes next in each of their lives!,
Though it might have been too cheesy, I wish Captain had been mentioned more after Rick adopted him, I would have liked to have thought of him participating more in how he built what seems to be a good life. (While I love hearing about how people adapt and change through their struggles, I'm all about how dogs make such a tremendous impact as we blunder through our lives. Overall, this was a well told story .
Overall, I thought it was a good book. There are a few things that stuck out for me though. I did not find the blindness to be over whelming, which is good.
The blind girl did not play the part in the story as I thought from reading the description. She played a big part , but not in the way that I anticipated, and you'll have to read to see what I mean. The pacing seemed a bit off, I feel the beginning could have started 4-5 months sooner, and developed that part of it a bit more, gosh, it is hard to explain without giving away plots and spoilers.
the prologue was out of place in my opinion. I think it should have been removed, and those words used for developing the relationship in the beginning of the book.
I know my comments seem kind of negative, but they are more neutral, just things that I noticed. It is a good book, and if you want a nice listen, you could do much much much worse. The strong southern accent of the narrator could take some people a bit to get use to, but because the story takes place in Texas, it does fit, although the narrator could have done a bit better job with editing.
The book was enjoyable as a story and taught me that being poor does not mean a life of despair and crime with a friendly hand up.
I have truly not read a book quite like this.
Voices to the characters.
Grandma as before her death she was a loving and really wise character.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants an emotional and very interesting book.
Yes because it was great!
I loved the humor!
I loved his reading style.
I loved this book! it made me laugh and cry.
This is a great book! I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long long time.
This is a powerful coming-of-age story. I would recommend it to anyone. Especially those who feel as if they are down on their luck, whom have a disability, or other disadvantage.
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