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. 

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 I could appreciate.************************The heroine Kate Sedgwick (or should I call her Katie, Katherine, or ‘Bright Side?’) has had a hard life. Having a mother who didn’t care much for her children, a father who left, and a sister who passed away, Kate should technically be cynical and emotionally closed off to everybody but she isn’t. For some inexplicable reason, she remains rather optimistic about everything and becomes a ‘bright side’ to everyone she meets (more on that later). Leaving her closest friend Gus behind, Kate heads off to college and meets the guy she never expects to meet.Keller Banks is first introduced as the charming guy who works at the coffee shop near campus. When Kate and Keller meet, rainbows shine brightly – both recognize that seeing each other ignites something in them.

As the book progresses and their relationship develops slowly, both of their hidden secrets (that the reader is privy to) are revealed and that completely changes their relationship dynamic.************************To start with, the first 65% of the book was just plain boring. There were occasional laughs on my part but most of the time I would be asking myself why the heck am I not DNFing this?? I also had a hard time warming up to the heroine. Not that I didn’t love how refreshing her character was but sometimes I felt like the author was laying it on too thick with all the sarcasm it became an overkill. Additionally, there was a lack of buildup…to everything actually. Kellar and Kate’s relationship moved as fast as a turtle for the first 50% and then all of a sudden this insanely intense chemistry appears and bam, they’re finally together. There was also little to no buildup in regards to their secrets. It’s pretty obvious what Kate’s hiding because there are big clues in the first few chapters but after that, there is no mention of it again until it’s revealed. It comes out in a way that seems rushed and on the spot, giving the reader no time to adjust to the event. But despite knowing what she was hiding, I still got all emotional and teary-eyed in the last 25% witnessing the aftermath. Then I pretty much ugly cried from the 90% mark and on.

Would I recommend this? I really don’t know now. If you aren’t a fan of extremely slow books maybe you should skip over this one. But if you’re willing to endure massive boredom to get to the heartfelt, touching part of the story, maybe this one is for you. My favorite part of the book was seeing all the lives Kate touched and brightened, and I say this with the most sincerity I have: I truly am looking forward to Gus’s story. Just make it more fast-paced than this one PLEASE!