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About the Author
- Publication Date : July 4, 2014
- File Size : 655 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 429 pages
- Publisher : Do Epic, LLC (July 4, 2014)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00LJKT64Q
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,952 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I didn't like the author's writing style at all,. It wasn't nuanced or subtle. Everything was very "in your face," filled with so much showing instead of telling. As a reader, I don't like every little detail to be given to me, spelled out in nauseating detail. I want some room to use my brain and imagination, an opportunity I wasn't given while reading this book.
Each chapter is a new day in the life of Kate Sedgwick, which had I liked her (more on that later), maybe I would have been more marginally more engaged. This sort of narrative style made the story drag on and was rather boring. Nothing happened in the story for nearly 80% of the novel, until the alleged "big secret" is revealed. Though, I'd be shocked if readers were actually surprised by this, as it's all but spelled out in the beginning of the book.
Most chapters are a transcript of Kate's conversations with various people, namely her boyfriend Keller or her best friend Gus, which only acted to slow down the plot. The dialogue was awkward, stilted and unnatural. Kate's humor wasn't for me, and I didn't find her or anyone else's jokes funny in the slightest.
The story's central character is named Kate, who's known to her best friend Gus as "Bright Side" for being extremely optimistic. I know a lot of readers felt endeared to her immediately, but I never connected with her. To be quite honest, I found her personality to be grating and irritating.
Kate she never felt real to me. She was a good idea in theory, I suppose, but her whole character felt like a conceptualization instead of a living breathing thing. That's not to say that someone can't remain positive during trying times, but her reaction to everything, except for a small moment towards the end, was "sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns."
Nearly ever person who comes in contact with Kate loves her instantly. Sure, some people have that magnetic charm or an enveloping warmth you can't help but love immediately. But the way the author wrote her character (and the book) was extremely forced.
There was so much repetition in Kate's narrative, some of which were supposed to be bits of her personality. She says the word "dude" in nearly every sentence. She makes it widely known that she doesn't like "fancy coffee" and is a black coffee purist, judging all frou frou coffee drinkers.
This whole book felt setup solely to be an emotional tearjerker, instead of an organic journey. Like every single character (save one), the reader is supposed to love Kate instantly and become immediately protective over her. Kate's backstory is tragedy piled on top of tragedy, a history that practically begs readers to love her even more.
******* SPOILERS BELOW *********
You learn that she's been through the wringer, what with her mother committing suicide, her sister passing away unexpectedly, and her terminal cancer diagnosis all happening in a short amount of time.
The medical choice Kate makes before going to college is just another sign of the manipulation. We're supposed to believe that a 19 year old with her life ahead of her goes through one round of chemotherapy, finds that it's not working, and decides to let everything run its course. On top of that, she's so "selfless" that she keeps the secret to herself for months and doesn't tell her best friend (who's practically all she has in the world), her boyfriend, or any of her new friends at college, all of whom have come close to me. To me, this is the opposite of selfless.
Of course, her boyfriend also has a "tragic past" too. I get it. Bad things in life happens to all of us, but all of this put together in the manner by which it was amounted to heavy-handed, artificial drivel.
* I purchased this book myself.
This book though.
I knew going in how it ended. It was as much of a secret as the endings of The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense, however it didn’t make a damned bit of difference in the way this book hit me, that will stick with me for quite some time to come.
I can count on one hand the amount of times a book has made me cry, much less ugly cry, but this one wrecked me. This book affected me in a way that I haven’t experienced in some time and made me stop and think of the way that I live my own life. It made me want to live in the moment; be spontaneous, live like everyday might be my last. It made me want to love harder, to do epic, to live epic.
The only problem that I have with the book is the excessive use of the word dude. I get it, I’m from the west coast, I’ve lived in California for a time.
My son is a dude.
My daughter is a dude.
My husband is a dude.
My dog is a dude.
My car is a dude.
Dude is a word that is a large part of my vocabulary, but Kate uses it in a way that is unbelievable. I want to knock a star off for that, but I just can’t.
I wanted to jump right into Gus, the next book in the series. And while I have started the first few chapters, I feel that the emotion that I felt by the end of Bright Side might hit me like a freight train, catching a glimpse into the way that Gus works out his feelings and comes to terms that his life will be forever changed.
I loved the book but hated it at the same time. I loved the characters; they are written in a way that you can’t help but fall in love with them. The story is told in a dual POV from Kate and Keller’s POV, and I wish we had gotten a little bit more of Keller’s POV, it may have helped to add another level of depth in his feelings toward Kate. I hated this book because it did wreck me. I was not ready to deal with the emotion it evoked, even though I knew what was coming.
I highly suggest Bright Side to everyone. Yes, it is hard to deal with, but at the same time Kate’s life can teach us all a lesson in the way we live our lives; to see the bright side of everything, no matter how grave the circumstances might be. It truly makes you want to do epic, to be epic, to be brave.
I can count on one hand the number of times a book made me cry. Weird, I know, because everything makes me cry. It is my body's response to basically everything in life. Angry? I cry. Sad? I cry. Happy? I cry. Wash, rinse, repeat.
I started this book late in the evening the day I bought it, and I didn't put it down until I was finished. I woke up hours later with a swollen face, not from lack of sleep but the ugly crying that started about half way through the book until I went to bed. There is not a single book that has conjured such a physical reaction from me.
I still haven't read the follow-up, Gus, because it scares me. I don't care that everyone I've spoken to says it is healing. I heard the same thing about Me After You, and I'm still not recovered from that. Eventually, I'll read it. But 4 years later, here I am.
Top reviews from other countries
Let me give you an update to reading Bright Side: I've just finished reading it, and I'm a mess. I couldn't get through the end of it without my eyes producing tears and blurriness seeping through. This book is incredible.
Sure, it tears your heart out of your chest makes you cry like a baby, but Kate's message, Kate herself is such an inspiration. She's the perfect embodiment of what we need to to do every day: live in the moment. That life is incredibly precious and we need to make every minute count. How precious love is and how wonderful life can be if we lived in positivity and sunshine and rainbows and unicorns.
As much as this story broke my heart, it was freaking beautiful. The message so poignant you can't ignore it. The love, the friendship, family. It's all in this book, and although you can guess what might happen at the end, it still hits you in an extremely powerful way.
"Remember me and be happy."
And in the end, you still want to smile, because that's what Kate does - her heart makes you smile. Kate was such a beautiful spirit and you could not help but get all caught up in it. I fell in love with Kate's personality at the very first page, but towards the end, I fell in love with her heart, her spirit. She is definitely one-of-a-kind.
I want to thank this author for bringing this book into the world. Not for breaking my heart, but for giving us Kate's love and positivity to the world, and her no-sh** attitude was definitely a bonus.
This book is not your typical romance, it doesn't end the way you want it to, but it will consume you and you will fall in love with everybody in the book, not just Kate. I am so glad that I took the leap of faith to read this - it's now taken place as my #1 read ever!
It's an intense read, with a lot of emotions throughout, but trust me, it's worth the read!
5 breathtaking stars!!!
"Today, my life is awesome."
This book is up there on my favourite reads of 2014, hell even up there on my favourite reads of ALL TIME! Yes it is seriously that good. This is a book that I couldn't put down, not for one measly second. Once I started I couldn't stop and once I had finished I was completely and utterly devastated. I was not ready for this book to end, I just wanted more.
The writing style is fluid, beautiful, emotional, captivating, gut wrenching, all encompassing, this book takes you over, heart, mind, body and soul. The heroines motto in this book is "DO EPIC" and Kim Holden has "DONE EPIC." This book is EPIC, do not be dissuaded by an innocuous cover, in fact this is a prime example of "never judge a book by it's cover," what is inside this cover is exquisite and deserves to be read, to be devoured and to be inhaled. This book is like an emotional vortex, it sucks you in, drowns you in emotions and feels and doesn't let you free until the end. Have I said that this book is EPIC!! One more point on the cover though, once you have read the book you will appreciate it's symbolism, I can see why the author did it and I can appreciate it whole heartedly. Just please, if you have a few spare dollars/pounds, pick up this book, you will not regret it.
This is one emotional book, it is devastating but it is devastatingly perfect, but and this is a big but it is perfectly balanced with humour, wit an addictive storyline and some amazing characters. Not one character is superfluous to the story, they all have their part in bringing this story together.
Kate aka as Bright Side lives up to her nick name, she always looks on the bright side of life (cue Monty Python music). She has had a really crap upbringing but she has never let it get to her. She has made the most of the crap that life has dealt her and is one of these people that puts everybody first. She is intelligent and super talented but all her aspirations were put on hold when life dealt her a hand that forced her to put those dreams aside for the time being. Kate was a beautiful character inside and out, she was adorable, selfless, giving, trusting, infectious, you couldn't help but smile and be happy in her company. She had the knack of bringing the shyest person to life, her personality shone like the sun, everyone she touched felt her, she radiated, she really was Bright Side. Her saving grace in life has been her best friend and neighbour Gus.
"I can't let the bad consume me or it would eat me whole. The bad stays in the bad corner of my mind, I don't let it through the door to mingle with good, because the bad is a gddamn party pooper."
Gus was adorable, he was the epitome of the perfect best friend. These two loved each other unconditionally, the lines of friendship having been blurred once these two were firmly putting their best friends label first even though at times you knew, ideally in another world, another scenario that these two were meant to be together. They were more than best friends. Gus was a guitarist and singer in a band, Kate was his muse, they batted off each other, her being musically oriented as well meant that these two made beautiful music together. Kate was shy so she just remained in the back ground, but all she wanted in life was for Gus to succeed and she would push him all the way. Gus needed his best friend, he needed the push and she was always there for him, just like he was for her.
The story starts with Kate tackling one of her bucket list items, she always wanted to go to University, finally life had changed enough to make this possible and we see her start University life with a flourish. She picks her friends wisely, brings life, love and laughter to all she meets. This is where she meets Keller.
Keller was another lost soul, his own history already leaving its mark. Having never opened his heart up it is unsurprising that Kate manages to break down his walls and defences. Kate is reticent to jump into a relationship, preferring to keep to just friends but there is something about Keller, he makes her feel, he makes her want to push her reservations aside, he makes her take the leap. These two were truly beautiful together and Keller embraced her friendship with Gus...eventually.
"I didn't do anything. It was there all along, you just had to find it."
And that is all I can say about this book...if I say anymore it will give too much away and that would be a travesty. All I can say is please, please read this book, give this newbie author a chance. Let the emotion and feels take you away for those few hours, learn some life lessons, be inspired, you will laugh, you will cry, you will swoon, but most of all you will feel. This is one book that has left its indelible mark on my heart, a book that I will champion from now on. Only a few books have made that impact and I am glad to add another to that list.
"I don't know if the speed limit in California is 95 miles an hour, because I realize you guys probably do things a little different there, but it's only 65 here, which is about how fast you take effing corners."
Kim Holden, all I can say is you are EPIC, this book is something that you should be truly proud of. I totally and utterly loved it and will now be eagerly anticipating your next book.
Go and 1click peeps, you will not be disappointed.
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.
Wow. Well, as you know, I read a lot of books. But this has to be one of the most emotional books I've EVER read.
I read this book as a recommendation from a friend, and I'm so glad I did.
This book has absolutely blown my mind and has made me feel as strongly about fictional characters as I do my real life friends.
It is completely inspiring and makes me want to take on board, some of the strength and positivity that was in the story.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
What the tears and heartbreak tell me is that the story touched me. That I connected with it and it made me feel, oh boy did it make me feel but it's those connection to books that make us as readers as passionate as we are. It's why we follow authors and why we keep buying books. The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows (not forgetting the unicorns) unless we chose to see it that way and not take life for granted. Like Bright Side's story it's real, it's honest and it's whatever you chose to make of it.
Like I said at the beginning there are books that are terrifying, it's usually those books that you pick up (after putting on your big girl panties) and get to a certain point and you realise that even if you wanted to you couldn't back out, you couldn't put the book down and walk away and there is no way you would leave it unfinished, the thought alone is unbearable. That's the point I got to and thought 'Yep no matter what happens from here on in I'm doomed' and settled in for what ever was to come.
Bright Side will completely steal your heart with its storyline but also with its characters. You I will laugh along with them, get angry with them and your heart will bleed for them. I wish I could say I had a favourite character but the truth is I loved them all and their amazing and unique relationships. From Kate to Stella, Clayton to Gus and Gracie to Keller, you will fall in love with them all for very different reasons. The way Kim has written Bright Side will completely engulf you. You will feel everything world she has put on the pages the book contains and it will be the most amazing emotional rollercoaster you will ever ride and probably the most real because you will feel as though it is happening to you with the way Kim draws you in.
My point is. Even if you are terrified of ugly cry books, this is a story that needs to be told and fallen in love with.
Oh my god! This book! I’ve heard so much about it and I let it sit on my Kindle, as I needed to be in the right frame of mind to read it – even though I didn’t really know what it was about. The subject matter is pretty topical in my family at the moment, so I think the universe was guiding me towards it.
Kate aka Bright Side is “petite, bold and one-of-a-kind”. She’s the epitome of goodness, kindness, and life. She doesn’t just look on the bright side of life – she lives there. She has suffered hardship and heartbreak, yet her natural optimism and zest for living carries her forward and infects everyone around her. Pretty much everybody she comes into contact with is affected by her vitality, positivity, and selflessness. Unfortunately, her happy-go-lucky attitude hides a terrible secret.
Keller is studying hard to be what his demanding parents want him to be. He is stifled by their expectations. He has suffered heartache in the past and keeps his personal life a secret. When he meets Kate, he’s immediately drawn to her beauty and her personality, and is willing to take a chance at love, but Kate is unwilling due to her secret.
This was a wonderfully well-told story. It was humorous but completely heart-breaking. Kate was an amazing, admirable figure – she was brave, direct and sassy. Keller was sweet, caring and hardworking. I loved their connection.
There’s a message in this story - no matter what life throws at you, you have to pick yourself up and move forward – even if it’s agonising. Hold on to the good and let go of the bad. Don’t let the past ruin your future. Go for what you want in life.
Be brave. Do epic!