Published by Do Epic LLC on July 4th 2014
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****** 6 STARS ******
Oh my.┬á Give me a sec to blow my nose.┬á Again.┬á This book completely wrecked me.┬á There are so many “bombs” dropped throughout, twists and turns in the story and an achingly poignant end.┬á Kate, a.k.a., Brightside, is my new idol.┬á To quote her best friend, “Kate doesn’t just see the brightside.┬á She lives there.”┬á With everything she has gone through from a deadbeat mom to…all the other stuff (I’m NOT going to spoil it for you), she remains so positive.┬á Holden has done such an amazing job at creating a character who is so complete, she jumps off the page and into your heart.
Katie and Keller Banks.┬á Even through hurt, they heal each other.┬á Her unwavering support and love for him is inspiring.┬á She reminds him, “You are brave” and that bravery sustains him through the end and beyond.┬á Holden’s depcition of Keller is a wonderful background story beautifully weaved into the fabric of Kate’s life.┬á The beauty of this relationship is the reminder that you don’t have to be perfect or have it all in order to to find love.┬á You just need to be willing to let the right person in.
Brightside and Gus.┬á Even if the waters got a bit muddy, the strength of their relationship can make it through anything.┬á They got each other in way no one else ever could.┬á Their shared passion for music and playing is an added layer to their relationship.┬á Brightisde is his muse and brings out the greatness in Gus.┬á All those who meet her cannot help but fall under he spell, incuding her best friend.┬á Though we never hear any lyrics or a note of the music this pair makes together, you can hear the beauty of it echo in your ears
This book gets a solid 5 stars.┬á I would give it 10 if I could.┬á The highs and lows will stay with you for quite some time.┬á Shoot, I’m going to reread it beause I loved it so much.┬á Oh Kate, I wish you were my friend in real life and I’ll miss you.┬á I’m going to follow your advice and┬á “do epic.”
~ Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)