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The Brightsiders by Jen  Wilde
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Initial thoughts: The best part about The Brightsiders is the incredibly diverse cast of friends who love and accept one another. Even as Emmy spirals out of control, her friends and cousin care and watch out for her. The toxic relationships Emmy has with her parents and her girlfriend can come off as rather dramatic and over the top. Nonetheless, given the sensitivity with which The Brightsiders addressed the gaslighting, I think there was a good balance all around.

That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of how Emmy's motivations were very much underpinned by attraction and sex. I'm not the most comfortable with that level of detail, especially in YA fiction, but that's just a personal preference. Some readers, I'm sure, will welcome that there are no holds barred in this book.
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Reading Progress

February 4, 2019 – Shelved
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: format-audiobooks
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: anxiety
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: social-anxiety-disorder
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtq-characters
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtq-characters-bi
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtq-non-binary
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: target-young-adult
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: text-fiction
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: published-2018
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: music-bands
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: alcoholism
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: family-problems
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: friendship
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: genre-contemporary
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: genre-lgbtq
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: writers-australian
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: own-voices
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: diverse-authors
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: diverse-books
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: toxic-relationships
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: emotional-manipulation
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: celebrities
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: mental-health
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: gaslighting
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: bi-or-multiracial-characters
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: poc-characters
February 5, 2019 – Started Reading
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: paparazzi
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: media
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtq-characters-pan
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: break-ups
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: zzz-read-2019-02
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: 4-stars
February 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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