Book Review: Bright Side by Kim Holden

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Title: Bright Side
Author: @KimHoldenAuthor
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 423 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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.

Grace Review

There is a reason this book has such high ratings.  At this point, everyone in the romance community should know what you are getting with this story.  I fully expected this to be an ugly cry book.  And for most it is.  Oddly enough, I didn’t cry.  Why?  Because the positive message of the story outweighed the sadness.

Kate is one of those heroines you’ll never forget.  She’s impossible not to love.  She embodies everything good – open minded, positive, outgoing, and original.  But the one thing that really stood out is how she is everyone’s personal cheerleader.
– Sending daily affirmations to her BFF, Gus.
– Encouraging Keller to choose a new life direction.
– Forcing Shelly to embrace her inner dance goddess.
– Being the catalyst for her friends’ new relationships.

She also protects those around her, whether they are nice to her or not.
– Sticking up for Clayton.
– Supporting her selfish roommate.
– Trying to help her aunt.

She does so much for so many, it’s no shock that she not only quickly builds new friendships, she builds ones that change the other’s life.  It’s also no shock that two men fall in love with her.

Now don’t get your panties in a twist, this is not really a love triangle.  However, I will say that I couldn’t decide who had more of my sympathies.

* Gus is Kate’s childhood BFF.  But she means so much more to him than she ever realized.  And that’s all I’ll say on that.  I’m excited to read his story.  He’s such a likable guy, he deserves more.

* Keller is the boy Kate meets in college.  As the synopsis mentions, they both share secrets.  I figured both out fairly early, one being positive, one not.  However, the two secrets together made my heart break for him.  I don’t know how he handled it all.

While the last part of this story is not easy, what I took away from it is a great message that anyone can appreciate.  A message that stays with you.

Live in the moment.
Be spontaneous.
Have no regrets.
Be the better person.
Do epic.

– Grace

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