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.
Ok, so I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. Part of me wants to say it's brilliant. The other part is irritated.
You know early on in the book that Kate hiding something, and it's bad. You then conclude this is not the kind of book destined to end well and start prepping for an ugly cry. What I wasn't prepared for was the last 40% of the book being nothing but a marathon of tears. I like a book that makes me feel things strongly enough to cry. I don't mind being put through those paces, but this was challenging even for me. It was drawn out and takes you through every detail. Part of me thinks it's beautiful. The other part of me thinks it's too much. The last 40% of the book could have been cut in half and wouldn't have lost any of it's emotional impact. It got to a point where I just couldn't wait for it to be over. It was indulgent and torturous.
I loved the lessons in this book—so poignant and beautiful. I suggest you read it. But be warned, it's not an easy read.
The Human/Life Messages
The Bell on the door. Oh and any scene with Kate driving. (I'm a San Diego girl too! LOL)
I would give this book 11 stars if I could!!! I loved this book! Such an amazing & Beautiful Message about life and how one lives it. The book doesn't sugar coat how harsh, cruel & down right UNFAIR life is. The key is acceptance and to be grateful & have appreciation for all the positive things in life, no matter how small they may appear at first. After all it's the little things in life that have the power to explode into something "EPIC!"
"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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