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Reviewed by Jenny
Jenny: ✯✯✯✯✯ ‘do epic ‘ stars
‘Regret just leads to second-guessing and anger and sadness and I sure as hell can’t afford any of those.’
I. AM. NUMB! As I sit here wiping the tears off my keyboard I’m at a loss for words, and hours after finishing Bright Side, I’m still an emotional mess. This story made me swoon, it made my heart soar, it made me laugh, it made me sob, it devastated me and it inspired me and it wrecked me!
I inhaled Bright Side in one sitting and when it was over, I was left staring into space and I’m not really sure how to adequately convey my thoughts and express my feelings. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions throughout this book which had me laughing one minute, swooning in romance heaven the next, and openly sobbing my heart out at the turn of a page. Kim Holden brought this powerful and breathtaking story to life and did it beautifully with heartfelt and gut wrenching emotion .
“I’m always looking forward toward the future…..I can’t afford not to. The future is all I have.”
I fell in love with all the characters, but Kate, Keller and Gus were something else. What special people they were. My heart alternated between overflowing with happiness and being completely annihilated and you know what? I wouldn’t have missed a second of it because when a book evokes that much emotion from you, you know you’re onto a winner.
For those who may be a bit hesitant to give this book a go, if you take a deep breath, open the page and allow yourself to be swept away you’ll be rewarded with spending time with some beautiful, memorable and unforgettable characters that will enter your heart and never leave. Yes, this story is gut wrenching and at times devastating, but it’s also inspiring, thought provoking and heart-warming.
‘I look forward to spending every minute I get to spend with her. Every minute of every day wouldn’t be enough.’
Friendship and love are at the forefront of this story and both the relationship between Gus and Kate and Kate and Keller are so beautifully portrayed, you experience both sides of Kate’s heart. Bright Sky is told through the pov’s of Kate and Keller, which only served to intensify the emotional impact of the story. There were times Keller’s pov broke me.
Kate was such a kind, positive, happy and accepting character. Despite not having the happiest of upbringings, Kate saw the good in everyone and everything; she was pure of heart and loyal and forgiving to a fault. She really does earn her nickname Bright Side. This extraordinary girl exudes a light and warmth that draws people to her and really possesses a truly beautiful soul. She owned my heart and she broke my heart.
‘What in the hell just happened? I feel like I’ve been asleep for years and I’ve only just woken up.’
Kate has been blessed with a unique and enduring friendship with her buddy Gus, an up and coming musician with his band Rook. It’s a friendship that has known happiness, pain, tragedy and loss and a shared connection brought about by their love of music cements a bond which is unbreakable. Gus owns a piece of Kate’s heart and I have to say, he owned a piece of mine too. He was such a beautiful big bear of a man and their friendship was so special.
“Gus, it always gets better.”
Whilst Gus takes off to tour and establish his band, Kate starts a new life at College in Michigan. Kate knows where she’s heading and has a plan. It’s a plan that doesn’t include love, but somewhere along the way Keller Banks entered her life and threatens to shoot that plan to pieces.
Keller Banks. Well, words fail me on this beautiful, giving and completely selfless man. He was divine and I loved him! Keller was living a life pleasing others, never taking his own happiness into account, carrying secrets from his past that weighed him down. Katie entered his life like a bright shining star and knocked him for six.
“I fell in love with you. It would’ve happened whether you loved me back or not. It’s impossible not to love you.” – Keller
I completely swooned over Kate and Keller’s relationship. It built at a slow and steady pace and I felt their connection deep in my bones. There was so much to Keller and as his and Kate’s secrets came to light, the true testament of this man and his character came to be. Arrgghhh Keller. I can’t think about him without crying. What a man!
“You give me courage I never knew I had.” – Keller
“I didn’t do anything. It was there all along, you just had to find it.” – Kate
I connected to this book on many levels. There were times it did feel a bit cliché but at the end of the day these thoughts were soon forgotten and I find myself reflecting on the feelings I experienced and what a profound effect this book had on me. And it wasn’t just the characters and story I connected with in Bright Sky. This author clearly shares my passion for music and made it so it became an extension of her story as it wove through the pages.
I knew nothing going into this book and I’m thankful for that so I’m definitely not going to give anything away. I can’t say it enough about how this book made me FEEL. Grab some tissues (you’ll need them!) and READ THIS BOOK!!.
This is one of those stories that hits your heart hard and carries messages that will leave you contemplating what’s important in life…you know… don’t sweat the small stuff. Be tolerant. Be forgiving. Open your heart and grab life by the scruff of the neck. Love hard, laugh often, follow your dreams and love life.
“Thank you. I’m not really into the whole being rescued thing, but you make one helluva white knight, Keller Banks.”
I’m still a bit numb, so in the words of Katie….go forth and ‘do epic.’
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