Monday, March 30, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark


I totally enjoyed this book!  It was fast-paced and so unique, and definitely had me hooked from the first chapter.

Abram and Juliette were interesting characters to read about.  They had their own quirks, struggles, etc., and it was so realistic.  Actually, if I'm honest, they are some of the most realistically written teenagers I've ever read about in YA.  (It was so weird to read about a boy named "Abram", though, as my name is "Abrams". I see it as a last name, not a first name!  Even though I totally know it is...haha)

I think my favorite part about this book was the uniqueness of their situation.  Both have been avoiding each other because of their parents' mistakes.  They are both on some kind of prescription drug, but what they really need is each other.  The setting was basic and enjoyable, and there wasn't any high school drama - it was just them, their story, and basically nothing outside of that except for a few minor characters.  Their vacation to the beach house was my absolute favorite - so much happened and it made me feel feels, let's just say that.  They learned to get out of themselves, and focus on each other, and that was so awesome.

My one gripe with the book, and why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars, is that I wanted more.  More from the characters, more details, more depth.  Their relationship was believable, but there was still something missing for me.  I wanted more from them before they fell in love.  For two people who are so closed off (at least Juliette was), it was surprising that they fell so fast.  The skeptic in me came out.

But aside from that...  If you don't care about that and want just a fun, romantic read with a truly happy ending, read this book!!  You will be so glad you did.

NOW - on to the giveaway!!

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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.

Some cursing (mild), some sex jokes, and a scene that I'm trying to figure out if they ended up having sex or not?  I think they stopped and just talked, but the implications were...strangely worded.  Anyway.  That's all...


  1. I totally agree that these were two very realistic teenagers. It is what I loved about this book so much. My review is up on my blgo today too :)

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  2. I'll have to keep in mind that I may not be happy with what's in the book because you wanted more! I always tend to want more when I finish a book so I definitely understand. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. This looks interesting!

  4. It's definitely worth a go! :)