Bright Side

Author: Kim Holden

Type: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

This book is currently free on Kindle Unlimited

Reviewer: Pistol Annie

Rating: 5 of The Brightest Stars!

Book Blurb:

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.


Prepare yourselves! This author conveys strong feelings with her words. There is sheer genius to her methods. Throughout she is sending vibes and purpose. 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. Although what some may see as a warning signal of an approaching romantic love triangle, be certain this story only involves a love triad with no rivalry.

Kate is a person who always sees the bright side of everything. She makes the darkest days in her friends’ and loved ones’ lives sunny and bright. And even on the darkest days of her life, she brightens the days for those around her. Kate is a remarkably admirable, talented, and quirky lovable character. I loved the strengths she exhibited from beginning to ending. Her originality in style and the independent and self-reliant tendencies she holds so solidly are amazing and make her such a unique and memorable character. But Kate is keeping a secret – of the HUGE variety.

Gus has been Kate’s best friend since childhood. He’s a talented musician on his way to the big time, along with his band of merry music makers. He’s a blond hunky surfer. And he smokes like a fiend – which Kate calls him on often. He’s loyal and true in their friendship. They’ve only stepped over the line into a one-night-stand once – on the night before he heads one way and she heads across country the other way. Gus has shared everything with Kate. Well, except for one secret and it’s a BIG one.

Keller is beautiful – inside and out, as well as smart, friendly and a very hard worker. As soon as he appeared on the page, my heart fluttered and flipped. He’s got a magnetism about him that woos all females – and he’s honest about it. He doesn’t play games. He’s got a path to success set out before him and he’s sticking to it. And he’s definitely not looking for a serious relationship. Well, not until he lays eyes on the new girl in town, who comes in for a coffee and ends up being the best and brightest part of his day. And yes, Keller is keeping a secret, too. And you’re right – it’s LARGE, too.
There is an amazingly strong cast of supporting characters. Each will touch your heart in their own distinct and inspirational ways. All combined, the characters and storyline beg you to stop and take a look at life’s path and how you direct your life’s journey.

Not a single negative criticism where this book is concerned. It will require Kleenex. You’ll be begging and pleading with all that is good and holy before it’s all over. You’ll be sad and broken, but a feeling of happiness invades your heart as well. You’ll laugh and cry throughout. But when all is said and done, I think you’ll find the Bright Side.

1 Comment

  1. Well, I’m certainly intrigued now. I love a good tearjerker every now and then. Great review.


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