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
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, 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...
"I know my rating will get hate mail"
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.
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.
"Wrecked!!! That is all!!!"
Where to begin......
I have so many emotions going on right now I don't even know how to write this review. I had no idea going into this book what it was going to be about so I didn't have a chance to brace for it. I am not a person who cries over books or movies but I cried like a big baby. It took me 1/2 the day just to read the end because I kept having to take breaks and almost just stopped listening all together. This book broke my heart! That is the only thing I can say about how I feel.
The story was amazing, so fun & sweet and real. The writing was perfect and the narration couldn't have been better! The only question I had throughout this book is why didn't he even ask her to try? I needed her to at least try.
If you like a book that will wreck you, read this book. If you like a book to completely devour you and leave you in a million pieces, with no idea how to move on from it, listen to this book because listening to Katie tell me her story was so much more, for me at least.
Now everyone is telling me that after Bright Side broke my heart, Gus will mend it....I REALLY hope that is true but it might take a miracle.
I've never heard of these narrators but they were SPOT ON PERFECT for this story!!!
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!
"HEART BREAKING BRILLIANCE!"
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.
"This was a great book!"
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.
"Break Out the Tissues"
This poignantly written story is heartfelt, endearing and utterly heartbreaking! But definitely a MUST read! The narrators were perfect and really made you feel the story.
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.
"One of my most favorite books ever"
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.
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