Published by Henry Holt and Co. on 03/24/2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I’ve seen pretty varied reviews for Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark. Some were really positive and some were DNFs. But I decided to read it anyway, and I was absolutely captivated by Finding Mr. Brightside.
Finding Mr. Brightside focuses on two misfits, of a sort. There’s Juliette who has a bit of an addiction to Adderall, which makes her unable to rest. Juliette’s mother had an affair with our other main character’s (Abram) father, and they died together in a car crash. Juliette is not dealing that well with it. Abram has been on anti-depressants. Abram and Juliette run into each other at the pharmacy, and somehow they start hanging out.
I loved Abram. He’s sort of goofy, but so sweet and a generally nice person. It’s easy to see why Juliette starts liking him so easily. It did take me a little to figure Juliette out, but once I did, I really loved her too. I could see the struggles she was having, and I just wanted to help her feel better.
Finding Mr. Brightside is not full of action. It’s solely about Abram and Juliette’s developing relationship, and them helping each other out. I enjoy books like that, and I couldn’t put this book down and read it nearly in one sitting. It is a short book, with only around 200 pages, but I still connected to the characters.
I also really love Abram’s mother. She isn’t at all portrayed as how many wives with cheating husbands are, and I loved that. Seriously, I just wanted to meet her and become friends with her.
Finding Mr. Brightside was such an enjoyable book. I loved Juliette and Abram, and it was wonderful seeing them help each other out in different ways. If you enjoy more quite books that focus on two characters overcoming personal issues, Finding Mr. Brightside might be for you.