FINDING MR. BRIGHTSIDE

“I’m done changing my mind.”

Official Summary:

Abram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.

Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

My Thoughts:

I love this book. I want to read it again right now, even though I only finished it days ago. (Side note: This is posted nearly a month after I read it, as full reviews were not allowed before publication) It tackled the pain of addiction and loss without becoming depressing or dark, it dealt with a first love without being a cheesy, tacky cliche, it was fun and lighthearted right when you started feeling down. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about this book, but I felt that it was very honest- Abram is very down-to-earth, willing to try, and Juliette feels as many normal human beings feel, instead of being secure in her aloofness and unwilling to talk about what hurts her. She wasn’t a perfect, cold princess- she was just a regular girl, and that makes for a good story, even if some critics think she’s annoying. But that’s what real people are, and she gets over her insecurities- wouldn’t you have some if your mom got you addicted to Adderall and then died in a car wreck with her extramarital affair partner? And Abram- oh, he is the stuff of dreams. Funny and gentle and sweet, pushy without being annoying, willing to listen when everything is going to pieces, strong enough to hold everything together if he needs to. I loved Abram. All the characters, large or small, were so loveable in their different ways, and I really appreciated the lightness of this read, while it didn’t lack substance. All in all, I thought this was a very real, honest book, and I would highly recommend it.

What to Watch:

Even though I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers. First, the drugs. Juliette and Abram are both addicted to their respective prescription medications, and while Abram kicks his addiction fairly quickly with Juliette’s help, she is less willing and struggles with it throughout the book.

Additionally, this is a romance, and there is kissing. They go to a beach house together, and in a moment of insecurity, Juliette intends to sleep with Abram, but they come to the conclusion together that it isn’t a good idea. Abram’s father was also deep into an affair with Juliette’s mother, and that situation is discussed throughout the novel as well.

Other than these, there isn’t any violence and nothing is described in graphic detail. I did really love this book though, and I can’t wait for more by Jay Clark.

Questions? Comments? Have a book you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and tell me what you think!

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2 comments

  1. Sydney Bollinger · March 28, 2015

    Great review! I also really enjoyed this book and Juliette’s character. Her cold exterior was a normal reaction for the things that had happened to her and there are very few books that portray that kind of defense in that light.

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