Throwback Thursday: Bright Side & Gus by Kim Holden

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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
6++++++ #DoEpic #BeBrave Stars

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.

Gah I'm speechless ack ummmm I DON'T EVEN errr know where to start?
Ok lets start from the beginning, we have a beautiful bright character that literally loves the world NO wrong word she loves LIFE she loves to breathe the air and she takes every day as a new day she enjoys every moment, everything she does or creates is with purpose to LOVE she takes chances on everything, you know when you walk past a person and you think that guy could do with a friend? or that mum could do with a hug and tell them everything's going to be OK? well that's Kate she takes life in her stride, she takes chances and she makes people smile she teaches the people around her how to LOVE freely. You know the world would be a bright better place if we had more Kate's and Katie's in the world, LOL sorry that's my name isn't it? no pun intended here #JustSaying.

Bright Side is the most generous loving talented and Beautiful young lady to read, I connected with her straight away. For me there was just something that made me think and ,while reading, breathe the way she did.

She is starting a new chapter in her life though she has moved away from her home and is now at university just about the start her new course in training to become a Special Needs Teacher.
But she is moving away from her best friend whom she has known and been with her whole life. Gus has been pretty much present along her side for every first and every moment they have been together, therefore to begin with life is strange , still good but different.

Lets talk about Gus for a minute
Gus Gus Gustov my heart melted for him, his Intense loving nature, you can't do anything but love him. He's the lead singer of the Band Rook and he's starting his career as a musician. The Rock Band is a rising and Gus is touring with the other members on the road therefore Kate and Gus's relationship are of phone calls , texts throughout the day and then skype sessions every so often . Those Skype sessions were some of my favourite moments at the beginning that's all I'm saying there were some serious #Sigh moments between them.

Their relationship is unique to say the least

There is something that Kate loves more than life and that is STRONG BLACK COFFEE and therefore a coffee shop is needed not just Starbucks or Costa Nope she wants a cosy down to earth heartily coffee shop that has normal coffee and that's where she meets Keller.
First attractions are something that are new to Bright Side she's taken with Keller instantly and their relationship blossoms gradually.

I'm not going to say anything else other than this book is The Book Of Life no joke it touched me more than anything I've read in a long long time. Saying that it may not be for everyone this is a No smut read this is an emotional journey and the first half is a slower intimate start where Kim has weaved so many people into Kate's life gradually and somehow surrounded Kate with a circle of friends who become her life.

I'm not going to say anything else other than Kim Holden is an Genius she really is, this is a NA read and although it was a gradual process I had time to get to know each person individually and together it meant in the last half I had a close connection to what was happening and why I was so emotionally involved in the last half. Kim's writing is just exquisite and you feel like you're there with each and everyone of them.

For me this was a life changing book, it made me think and be happy to be where I am that I have a big loving family that I'm so very happy to be part of. I have a few very close friends that are special to me, if your a real life friend or I've met here on Goodreads mainly by Blog Besties Shannie & Elizabeth and my Girl Layla I love you guys to the moon and back your all important to me in some way or another. I have a job where I can care and eventually go back and train (when my girls are all in school) to become a qualified nurse and do something where I feel like I've made a difference, it made me realise how very lucky I am to be surrounded by good people, it made me want to LIVE the moments and #DoEpics daily.


Song list for anyone who like me needed to listen as well as read this is the songs I followed on Spotifty

We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow ~ Soko. Thought I Was An Alien
400 Lux ~ Lorde.Pure Heroine
Eula ~ Baroness. Yellow & Green
Sleeping Witch ~ Royal Thunder.CVI
Jump Into The Fog ~ The Wombats
Bug Eyes ~ Dredg. Catch Without Arms
Done With Love ~Teenage Bottlerocket. Freak Out!
Waiting All Night(Feat. Ella Eyre). Rudimental
Same Love-feat. Mary Lambert
Mutilate Me ~ Teenage Bottlerocket. Freak Out!
Lullaby ~ The Cure. Greatest Hits
Angels ~ The xx. Coexist
My Song 5 ~ Halm. Days Are Gone
Sex ~ The 1975
Panic Switch ~ Silversun Pickups. Swoon
Sweater Weather ~ The Neighbourhood.
Nothing Left To Say/Rocks ~ Imagine Dragons. Night Visions
Northern Lights ~ Thirty Seconds To Mars
Pictures Of You ~ The Cure. Galore
Let Her Go ~ Passenger. All the little lights
Everything To Nothing ~ Manchester Orchestra
Favor's Keeper ~ Index Case. Augustagein

Enjoy Dudes

The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues ... 

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself. 
Finding himself. 
And healing along the way. 

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half ... the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5+++++ Heal my Heart Stars

If any of you are worried to delve into this after Bright Side, I'll just say that this book gives us the happy feeling. It will give you everything and more, I'm telling you, I am very happy with how this book unfolded and ended for me its was the best way for Kim to help us readers to move on and ultimately again to question ourselves. To think and then to understand who Gus really is. It still has emotional moments but its not gut wrenching just happiness for me anyway. This book was heart warming had moments that included Kate and all that surrounded her but above all it's a story about family and friendship.

So What's it about
So if you've read Bright Side you know that (view spoiler) . Hence the reckless way he is living life on the road AT ALL he's away from home and he's away from his Ma and is grieving over his other half The first 1/4 I would say is the hardest to read because Gus isn't his usually happy go lucky self, he's going down the path of self destruction which included booze, drugs and women. That's what his life pretty much entailed. Drowning his sorrows and Running away from his problems and those aspects just were there to stop him remembering about HER.

But then things change and he meets Scout she's there to be his 'Babysitter' because the band and organisers of the Tour can't handle him anymore . He gets someone to deal with him and everything that he needs, unlucky for both sides they both aren't greatly happy about the job.
Scout is a quiet nonsense kind of gal, she doesn't take shit from Gus , and at the same time doesn't get too involved with him. She has her own issues she's dealing with and needs this job opportunity so she is basically there to help but not to feel. Saying that Gus has a way to help her even if he doesn't want to, Scout at the beginning I would say is a buffer that helps Gus to breathe a little easier she's a deterrent in his darkness and that just helps him gradually to start to live again.

Even though they both don't want to be around each other greatly there were some funny moments. Things I enjoyed about this part was Gus's dry sense of humour and likewise how Scout mothered him to you know 'Have a shower' or when your clothes don't move It's time to wash them.... it's time
Sometimes you meet people and you know the meeting wasn't chance. That they need you or you need them, sometimes both.

Over time they both start to see a different side to each other and that alone opens up there friendship, it helps them both breathe. It helps them to see how to live again. Then when the Tour ends Scout gets a position working with Gus's Ma and in that they both continue to see each other daily. Scout starts to see who Gus really is in the comfort of his home; the bubbly happy go lucky guy . he is the Gus who puts himself last in every obstacle and always one step ahead in being there for everyone around him, he's the Jedi of friendship you just can't help but fall for his character and who is resembles.

Kim deliver's another heart warming story that seeps into your pours and gradually see the family theme in this story. There are a few new characters to enjoy too....

Characters that make him start to believe in himself, characters where I would say bright Side put there for him on purpose.

Kim has a way with words that make you as a reader FEEL In the quiet moments I really did see what Kim was doing as I read his story, this wasn't just a romance but a book on new beginnings and life. Gus learned how to be himself again and even more so he learnt how to give freely to the people around him who needed him and who plainly just wanted him to be there and around them because his nature was just an all around existence of love.

I'm not going to say anything else other than this book is Deep, Hard, Intense, Emotional and then Loving, Honest, and Heart Warming. This is a book of LOVE and honest to God this book has all the FEELS people just need to give these characters a chance, I know some don't like NA reads for immaturity and the age limits of the characters but this book is about Family and living its a story about learning how to live, how to continue and how to move forward. But above all this book is Simplicity Kims books to talk to my heart in a way that speaks volumes, it touched me in ways I can't express but this book is an EXPERIENCE that everyone needs to try whatever age you are (Just my opinion though).

The Music
Again the music was apart of the story as much as the words were it was the life of the book so I'd highly recommend you listening some of these tracks as you read the book.

I Hope You Suffer ~ AFI
I Need My Girl ~ The National
Cope ~ Manchester Orchestra
Me ~ The 1975
Killing You ~ Broods
Figure It Out ~ Royal Blood
The Scientist ~ Coldplay
Homesick ~ Catfish and the Bottlemen
Baby Please Don't Leave me ~ Buddy Guy
Love Me Like You Used To ~ You Ask Me At Six
Giants ~ Bear Hands
All Around me ~ Flyleaf
Tiny Raindrop ~ Balance and Composure
Fall into the Party ~ Twin Atlantic
Kiss Me ~ Ed Sheeran

This book was written for the READERS so READ IT!!!!

That. Is. All.

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