5+++ REVIEW: Bright Side by, Kim Holden

Bright Side

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~ Synopsis ~

Secrets.
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.

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~ Review ~

So the buzz on this book was everywhere last week, and I picked it up not knowing anything about it other than the blurb. 20% into it I was hooked and could barely concentrating on anything else. I had to work BOTH jobs and I was constantly irritated that my day jobs were interrupting my reading.

Kate…. what is there to say about Kate but, dude – this chick is pretty much the best heroine ever. She doesn’t take shit from anybody – she’s a giver to the point of having nothing, she loves with her whole soul, and it’s beautiful. The love she has for music, and that bond she shares with Gus, her best friend back home in California leaps off the pages and you get the chills …. I’m getting them now just thinking about it.

Kate’s moved to the mid west, just outside of Minneapolis for college – leaving California behind along with Gus – but these two, the bond that they share is pretty spectacular… and even though there’s something underlining their relationship, these two love each other to the point of never allowing anything to damage what they have – they’ve grown up together and Gus? He probably knows Kate better than she knows herself. He’s been there for all the ups and downs – and there have been many.

As Gus is pursuing his dream of being a rock-star, Kate is off to Minnesota to study education. But the warmth of California is severely missed – she’s instant friends with the boys across the hall. Kate has a fantastic habit of bouncing into someone’s life and making herself at home, as if she’s always been there. And as she starts carving a life for herself, making friends, finding a job and her favorite coffee shop – in walks Keller…. tall, dark, handsome – and even though Kate’s never been in love? She’s not sure she can runaway from him. But with underlining issues that pop up here and there, she can’t allow herself to get close to anyone.

Keller, oh Mr. Keller, he has a set of his own secrets …. one that sends him home back to Chicago twice a month – but as these two spend more and more time together, it’s undeniable the chemistry – but can that chemistry over come his jealousy towards Gus …. the man that has been the most positive constant in Kate’s life?

This is a love triangle – but not in the literal sense.

A triangle that will leave you broken – red eyed – crying at your desk at work because you couldn’t put the damn book down. Kate loves like everyone should – she gives like everyone should – and, well she says dude ….. a lot…… to the point that, well – seriously – DUDE! You’ve got to read this book!

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And now Ms. Kim Holden has announced that Gus is getting his own book, to be out sometime early 2015!!! And dude, I’m super stoked about it!

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