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Bright Side (Bright Side #1)

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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,
Paperback, 423 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Do Epic LLC
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Ethel Beckett Hi Laura, It's not your ordinary love story! I love it! I highly recommend for you to read especially if you like tear jerker books. The build up of…moreHi Laura, It's not your ordinary love story! I love it! I highly recommend for you to read especially if you like tear jerker books. The build up of the characters are good. The flow of the story is great. I felt Every.single.emotions in this book. The author will capture your heart and make you feel you were part of the story. Yes, it is one of those books that you want to be there and live in it. Have a box of tissue ready when you read this. I'm not gonna spoil anything for you but look at the bright side ;)(less)
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5+ Do Epic stars!

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“We all have to fight to make the most of the life we're given.”

One of my co-bloggers/friends told me about this book when it was first released. It was her favorite book of last year and one of her favorite books of all time. I knew it would be good, but I dragged me feet when it came to reading it. Why you might ask? I knew the subject matter would be sensitive for me so I put it off. Then I put it off some more. When I saw it was available on audio, I thought now is the
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Aug 31, 2014 Tough Critic Book Reviews rated it it was amazing

Dude, I can't even….

It has been days. Days!! I just can't, but I gotta. But I can't. I must.

Numbness. Feels. Overload.

It's impossible.

Here I go.

I'm going.



Maybe it would be best if I started at the beginning.

It all started as a goodreads recommendation….from Donna. Donna. The person I want to hug. Punch in the face. Hug. Punch. Damn you! You owe me valium…and ice cream. After the recommendation, I read the synopsis. Intriguing. I also loved the fact that it only had three rev
Seth King
Mar 14, 2015 Seth King rated it it was amazing
First of all: I get it.

To all the people out there who say they don’t like these types of books, books that make you hurt and feel and clutch your Kindle at 3 AM as tears blur your vision and you hope against hope that the character isn't headed towards what you think they're headed towards: I get it.

Life is hard. This world is a tough place. Crappy things are happening out there, things that break your heart on the evening news, and sometimes it’s easier to just drift along and float above the
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5 stars!


I’ve been on an angst-fest/emotional kick lately so when I saw the blurb for Bright Side, I knew it was a book I wanted to read ASAP. Now that I’ve finished it, the first thing that popped up in my mind was well, that wasn’t what I expected. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the last 25% of the book that completely blew me away, I would’ve given this book 2 stars. That being said though, the heroine is a pretty refreshing character and the dry humor and sarcasm present in the book were things
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
6++++++ #DoEpic #BeBrave Stars

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Reading is my getaway, my sanctuary I have a busy life and don't we all? But reading is my Me time. I love reading and I have read a lot of books this year so far saying that no insults to anyone here but this has been my FAVOURITE Read of the year so far this book is a book of life and living, friendship LOVE all in one. I know that a lot know what the story entails but for those who don't I'm going to try my best to keep my thoughts as SPOILER FREE as possible.

Alexis *Reality Bites*
5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

My my my…what a read! Slow easy beginning, AMAZINGLY beautiful ending! I did not give this book 5 STARS it SNATCHED the 5 STARS right out of my hands.

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Kate Sedgwick has faced many adversities in her young life thus far; having a mother who was not so motherly and in addition a sister Grace, to care for all on her own... Instead of cowering in fear at the cards life dealt Katie did what she had to do, she grew up fast. When the book starts Kate is about to s
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 04, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-baby-books
3.75 Sunset Stars

"My life will not be a fairy tale, and that's okay. My life is reality."


After very slowly reaching the 70 percent mark I had put this book aside feeling that the rest of the story would be anticlimax.

So many friends have read this book in full and just loved it so I went back in today. Upon my completion, I will say the overall message isn't anything we haven't heard or read before but somewhere in the delivery and beautiful way Katie touched those around her was.

"She's not
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Aug 31, 2014 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it it was amazing

5 ‘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 spa
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Nov 08, 2014 Donna ~ The Romance Cover rated it it was amazing
Bright Side by Kim Holden
5 breathtaking stars!!!

“Today, my life is awesome.”

This book is up there on my favourite reads of 2014, hell even up there on my favourite reads of ALL TIME! Yes it is seriously that good. This is a book that I couldn’t put down, not for one measly second. Once I started I couldn’t stop and once I had finished I was completely and utterly devastated. I was not ready for this book to end, I just wanted more.

The writing style is fluid, beautiful, emotional, captivating
Apr 26, 2016 warhawke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like light/funny ugly crying book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Kate Sedgwick moved to a new small town for her college education. With her bright, bubbly personality, she could charm just about anyone. Still, she never really opened up to anyone other than her best friend Gustov (Gus) Hawthorne.

Keller Banks was pretty hard to resist with his good looks and adoring personality. Both he and Kate were attracted to each other yet they tried to resist the pull because both of them have se
M. ~ B&B
So I finished this and I am not impressed.

You know that feeling that you get when you read the first line or the first chapter of the book and you just know you are going to love what you're reading and never want to put it down? Yeah, Bright Side had the opposite effect. I started reading and I was like, okay, maybe this could be good, but the writing is a bit off. Then I read a few more chapters and was like, okay, where is this going... (from the beginning I already figured out the premise: p
Jan 12, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favs
I started this book by audio and finished the last 30% in my living room reading and balling my freaking eyes out until 2:00 am.

This book is so much more than 5 stars, it makes me question most of my 5 star ratings because it just MORE. I loved this book on a level I can't describe. Bright Side made me grateful for the life I have been given, it broke my heart imagining the struggles of other people around me, and it made me want to be a better person.

Bright Side isn't just a book or a charact
Rachel Reads Ravenously
So, I don't think I could ever pick a rating on this book. The numbers 1-5 are too simplistic of a way to describe my feelings on this book so I won't rate it. Don't know if I ever will.

I also don't really know how to review this, but I'll try and say something short. This book had exactly the opposite effect on me that it had on other readers. Instead of being uplifting, I found it so incredibly sad and after finishing it, it left me in such a depressed mood. Please do not read the spoiler tags
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
The heart of this book is to never take anything for granted. Enjoy every moment...every hug and every kiss, bask in the good and lessen the bad. And you never really realize the impact you have on those around you.

And the heart of this book is all things Kate. She epitomizes everything I just said...and that's saying a lot. She's had a horrible childhood but her saving grace was her sister, Gracie, and her best friend, Gus. Now, she's moved to Minnesota for college and to get a fresh start.

May 27, 2015 Polly rated it it was ok
Shelves: emo, challenge-read
If there was ever a book that proved I have a black heart, it's this one.
I felt nothing. I was bored.
I decided to pick up Bright Side after hearing many gushing reviews and being recommended as a tearjerker. I was in need of a good cry so this was a no brainer. But it's SO much more than that. This story has moved and inspired me. I'm not going to talk about the plot whatsoever because that's for everyone to discover and enjoy on their own.

In all honesty, I was moving pretty slowly at first. I wasn't sure where the story was going, if anywhere. Then close to halfway... BAM! Everything is put
Dee Montoya
*****5++ Epic Stars*****

If this book were a person I would want to hug it so, so hard, maybe even go on vacations with it, go dancing and even tell it all of my secrets. Bight Side is a beautiful and uplifting story that I will never, ever forget. <3

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Kate Sedgwick is the kind of girl who lives her life on the Bright Side, always looking for the positive in every situation and every person. She has known the meaning of pain from a very young age but instead of using it as an excuse to become j
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
6 stars!

Where is that sixth star when you need it? I knew full well going in that Bright Side would be a tear-jerker and might break my heart, but you know what? I don’t regret a single page. Above all, this is a stirring, feel-good story, and I was surprised by how much I laughed and smiled throughout.

Kate “Bright Side” Sedgwick’s optimism is infectious. Her conscious decision to choose love over anger, to exude gratitude and reject bitterness, to live spontaneously, and to embrace each moment
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
3.5 Epic Stars

This book is about love. Love between friends, family, lovers, its book about how good it is to have amazing people in your life. I wouldn't say it's a romance novel, for me it really didn't feel like it was and that is the only reason I didn't rate it higher. It took a good 60% of the book to reach the romance part.

Kate is known to her best friend Gus as 'Bright Side', she really is an amazing character, she is positive and cheery pretty much all of the time and will do anything f
Lise *friends don't flag*
“The sunset, it’s showtime.”


5 big ‘dude’ stars for Kate!

I loved Kate. I can’t remember a book heroine that I have enjoyed more than Kate Sedgwick. Her outlook on life, her style, addiction to caffeine, her friends (new and old), talent, selflessness and the best sense of humor made for a captivating and beautiful story of living your life and doing what you want to do no matter what obstacles may arise.

And in the wake of Kate’s positivity and authenticity she was able to touch the lives of so ma
Oct 13, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Kate. Kate and the world that she creates around her, the world that makes your life a little bit better because you know her. Because she smiled at you and it brightened your day. It’s a story about life, love and friendship. About being brave and living the life you were given; making the best of it. No matter what.

Kate is heading to Minnesota from sunny California to attend college. Leaving behind Gus, her best friend for the Grant College Experience. *Fist Pump* Between
Beth Hudspeth
Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

This is the kind of book that keeps you awake at night while you're sobbing into your pillow, but then meets you with open arms when you come out on the other side. It is sadness and comfort all in one.

This is my favorite book I've read so far this year.

It's taken me a little while to be able to write this review. I was completely wrecked and I don't care who knows it. Bright Side is an amazing read. I recommend it to anyone who loves emotional books. They
Beatrice Masaluñga
Oct 06, 2015 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it really liked it
Shelves: sobfest, new-adult
I don't think my heart and eyes could take it if I read another tear jerking / heartbreaking book. Bright Side made me cry.. more of ugly crying. This is the kind of book wherein there is less romance but will touch your heart because of the main character's story.

The story is a slow start and it might test your patience. I keep waiting for some twist to happen but I decided not to think of it and just go with the flow. For some reason, the slow progress of the story helps me to understand the
5"You are brave..." Stars

Full review to come

This one hurt like a mofo but so damn good damn it...

Been wanting to read this for a long time. I need something that hurts so here I go...ok WE thanks Mer for BR with me I'll need some support bcuz I hope this one hurts a lot lol

F(BR) with my shhlut Mer..I'm def the one on left because Mer never cries she'll be the one holding me keep my shit together lmao

Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events

Let me preface this review by saying I love emotional books. I am a true glutton for the devastating reads. The warning is often overused , not this time. I have only cried close to this much with one other book, Forbidden. You have been warned....

I love Goodreads, I love stalking Goodreads, I love when friends and or bloggers I trust feel so very passionate about a new book and/or author. I want to get on that bandwagon I want to be part of something
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
"If you start a book and a couple of chapters in you decide you just aren't into it that's one thing, but once you reach the halfway point, there's no turning back"

This books would probably have been a 4-4.5 star rating if it wasn't for its first 50%, which had me continuously

AND THE WORD DUDE, really!?? DUDE?? It shows up 195 times(yes, I counted!!).
I hated every time one of the characters said "dude". I would add 2 more stars, but that effing word cheapened so much this book.

If I were to des
Jul 27, 2015 Suzana rated it it was amazing
5 "Do epic" stars!

Beautiful and sad story ... but story with meaning and purpose ... live your life to the fullest, be yourself till the end ...

I'm still going like this ...

Katie was the bravest heroine I have ever met ...

"She's the poster child for positivity. She's a freaking ray of sunshine. She doesn't just look on the bright side ... she lives there."

Keller and Gus ... my heart breaks for them ...

"My imagination is endles," I say.
"Good. So is my love."

Anne OK
Oct 11, 2014 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads

Prepare yourselves! This author definitely puts feelings to her words. Over the past few months, I’ve read several books with a similar theme and thought they were good. But none came close to this one. Oh geez, this one just messed me up. I don’t remember ever crying this hard over a book, yet feeling like smiling because something extraordinary just happened. A truly unforgettable reading experience.

The story surrounds Kate, Keller, and Gus, along with numerous superb secondary characters.

Sep 04, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5+++++ STARS

I don't even know how to articulate how much I love this book. It's not often that a book can inspire me to take a look at myself and evaluate how I view life and more specifically, how I respond to difficult people and situations. Kate was the type of character that I could relate to and also look up to. I loved her sense of humor and how she embodied both a saint and a total badass. She is someone that I will never forget.

And oh how I loved Gus and Keller!! They, too, were very rea
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“Reading is an escape from the outside world. Everyone needs a little of that to keep their sanity.” 204 likes
“Today, my life is awesome.
I don’t want to think about tomorrow.
Or the day after that.
So I repeat to myself: Today, my life is awesome.
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