A very Happy Book-Birthday to The Brightsiders, a lovely and captivating book by Jen Wilde. The Brightsiders is a very diverse and fun read and I feel really happy to be launching my review for it on it’s publishing day!
This review is a part of a blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours and even though I received an e-arc of the book this has in no way affected my review, all of my words are honest and straight from the heart.
Official Goodreads Summary:
A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.
Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.
Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?
You know we all say ‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’ but when I first laid my eyes on this gorgeous beauty I knew I absolutely had to read it! And now that I have I’m really itching to get my hands on a purple lipstick XD
I absolutely loved the diverse characters this book had. We get to read about
Emmy: a bisexual girl
Chloe: a non binary femme who is black and bisexual
Albie: pansexual and genderqueer
Ryan: the Korean cutie
and many more that I’m itching to disclose but that would mean spoilers which I’m strictly against!
I like how the book talks about family relationships and how your parents are not always your best role models. We explore Emmy’s toxic relationships with her family, friends and lovers and how she fails to see that they’re mentally abusing her. I feel this is a very important topic since we’re quick to catch on to any kind of physical abuse but when it comes to mental and emotional illnesses and abuse it’s very difficult to see through the mist. It’s important to realize when a relationship turns toxic and to cut off all ties at that very moment.
I also loved the band ‘Brightsiders’ and everything they stood for and the beautiful songs with lyrics that seep through your soul. We get a glimpse into the struggles that a rising celebrity teenager may face. It’s interesting to see Emmy go through all the tough times but still rise with the help of her ever supportive friends.
Overall this was a short and fun read, a book you definitely want to devour while lazing under the summer sun.
I’m giving it a rating of 3.5/5
And now that you’ve heard(read?) me babble over the gloriousness of this book you can win your own glossy copy of this beauty simply by entering in this giveaway here!
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