Saturday, May 30, 2015

REVIEW: Gus (Bright Side #2) by Kim Holden

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?”


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 to 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
Gus is not handling things after the ending of Bright Side therefore he's living a reckless way he's not handling 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).


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.


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


That. Is. All.

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