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 each has a reason to fight it. Each has a secret. And when secrets are revealed, some will heal you... and some will end you.
©2014 Kim Holden (P)2015 Tantor
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Oh my! They need to make a movie out of this book. It was funny, had some romance, sad and entertaining. I couldn't stop to listen to it. This book reminded me how life is precious and don't take it for grant it. You have one life live to the fullest.
SPOILERS: This is a beautiful story and was very well written. The characters were interesting and the narrators did a great job. The story seemed true to life and very believable. Only problem was that it was the saddest story I think I have read in a long time, if ever. I don't think I have ever cried this much over a book and felt this empty after I finished. Totally worth it if you don't mind the heartbreak. I prefer HEAs so I wish I knew what I was getting into because it will be awhile before I get past the sad. Just too sad for my taste. I gave it five stars because everything was great as far as the story and narration goes. It just wasn't what I like to read. Totally depressed with red puffy eyes now.
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
I chose this book based on ratings alone. And although the story and writing were solid... I can't get down for a book with such a sad ending. Sorry people... I wish I would have been told before I started listening. I needed some little ray of light at the end of the tunnel to make this a good read for me.
Avid listener :)
I'm terrible at writing reviews. I'm a reader not a writer. With that being said I feel like this book deserves praise, lot's of it. Bright Side kept popping up on Goodreads as a suggestion and I was super excited when it released on audible. By chapter 7, I stopped and purchased it on ebook and sent it to a friend. This book needs to be shared. I'll simply say to you, what I said to her. I love the heroine. She's amazing and I want you to know her also. The writing style is a little different, but don't stop reading. Because it's a truly EPIC story.
Yeah a lot of people have horrible lives and go through far more than what Kate did. I feel that writing such a sad story is emotional blackmail and readers/listeners are compelled to love and get emotionally attached. It just so unfair to people's hearts'. Maybe I didn't get the message?
Be ready to ugly cry!
Kiki at The Next Step PR
My goodness this book was amazing. One that you truly need to have your Mindy body and soul ready to be ripped to shreds but this brilliant book means so much to the human life. I absolutely LOVED this read. A must read/listen from me! Wonderful writing and this story just hits home for us all.
An amazing story about an angel. A true gift to read about courage and strength. Ripped my heart out. Ugly cry. I prefer to read for rainbows and butterflies and don't forget the unicorns. But I believe I will take lessons and strength from Bright Side.
Great writing that pulls you into the story and you can't help but fall in love with Brightside, her friends, family, story, and love. I laughed, smiled, and cried.
Lorain H Oliver
Yes! I loved this book, as a matter of fact, I read the book first and today I listened to the audio book and it made it so much more!
I liked the fact that the story is about true love, between a boy and a girl for 20 years while they were growing up together, and the love Bright Side, the main character, had for her sister who was a year older, who she took care of her whole life, as her sister had Down Syndrome. Even though Bright Side was dealt a bad hand in parents, she took care of her sister willingly and with so much love it was truly touching and heartbreaking all at the same time.Bright side finally gets to go to college when it is just her, and she finally meets someone she falls in love with. But her true love was the boy she grew up with-Gus, and his mom treated Brightside and her sister as her children.
No, but I plan to!
Yes, I listened to it all in one sitting. Once you start reading or listening in this case, to the book, it instantly draws you in.
This book was truly an exceptional book, and I will listen to it again every now and then. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, feel true love with the characters, love between two siblings, between neighbrs, between best friends for life and then finally between a man and a woman.
I can't comment since I haven't read the printed version. The narrators were excellent and their characterization were so perfectly matched to the story.
Kim Holden fleshed out the characters perfectly and carried the reader through each character's emotions and motivations meanwhile dropping little hints that built up suspense until the end. I'd compare it to My Sister's Keeper.
They read the book that reflected perfectly the emotion of the characters.
Yes, but I had to Turn it off two hours before then end because I was crying too much. I finished it the next day .
Kate is an example of the person we all wish we could be. She wasn't perfect but she was human.
"Absolutely amazing and heartbreaking"
yes, definitely. this is now one of my favourite books/series that I've listened to.
plot of the book resembles to The fault in our Stars. Both books beautiful in their own way.
i enjoyed conversation Bright Side would have with Gus. it always made me laugh.
yes. i was hooked
its one of the most beautiful books that teach you to live your life to the fullest and enjoy every moment. loved it!
I loved this book, the narration was spot on too. In my top ten x
"Phenomenal - Fab u lous"
I loved this book, it was gruelling and touched on many topics that are often avoided. I laughed and cried (sobbed) from about 65% through to the end. It was still a lovely ending all told.
Narration was mainly good. the British 'Mancunian' accent was truely atrocious, and I did struggle with Lydia Dornay's narration style, every sentence seemed to be posed as a question, this became irritating and did detract from the story line or rather my ability to relate to the female character. That was the only negative from my perspective.
You simply must listen to this story - get the hankies ready I'm not normally a crier and it got to me...
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