gusI’ve been done this book for a little over a week. It’s taken me some time to figure out what I want to say, how I want to say it. And I still don’t know so I’m gonna wing it, please bear with me. This is usually where I add the synopsis of the book and then my review but I’m not going to do that. I can’t do that. What I am going to do is tell you that I if you never read anything else you MUST read Bright Side & Gus.

I fell in love with reading when I was 9 years old. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple was the first novel I read and loved. The emotions I felt at 9 after reading that book were so overwhelming for my little heart and mind; but I knew books would always be apart of me after that. I never felt what I felt a 9 years old again until Kim’s Bright Side and Gus. These books are more than paragraphs, more than the sentences that make up those paragraphs, more than the words that make up the sentences that make up the paragraphs. These books are raw, gritty and emotional. You will experience feelings that you’ve never felt before…while reading. You will love, grieve, struggle and love again. You will see what Colleen Hoover so aptly deems the “Ugly Love”. The love that not many authors dare to write about. The love that many try but very few get right. Well, Kim Holden got it right. On so many levels. She got it right. She made me feel overwhelmed in such a great way, the way I felt at 9. So when asked who is my favorite author I will forever say Kim Holden and when asked what is my favorite book I will say “too many to count” but if I had to choose just one book to hold in my hands forever it will be Gus. And if asked why I will simply say, with a straight face, “because I only Do Epic.”

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