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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,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....

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finding mr brightside Reviews

  • Susana
    2019-05-12 06:27

    It's not me book, it's definitely you.Review/rant to come closer to the publication date as required :/Arc provided by Mcmillan's Children Publishing Group Release Date: March 24thWell....I'll be... darn :/You see, I find myself in a bit of a predicament, mainly because everything I feel like saying about this story... would not be polite, which in some sort of cosmic response would be more than appropriate, because this isn't a polite book.This is more like a f****d up one, where the characters are supposed to be deep and intense, and because of that who cares if one of the main characters uses words like, "retarded", "that Asian", "the Asian "..that rare breed of slutty Asian (..), "slut" and "whore"_________Wait, I care! Its offensive, and it makes me wonder how in HELL did this managed to be published?!I understand that even idiots deserve love, and as so, Juliette and Abram are pretty much perfect for one another.Juliette may be more _lets say _ active in the offensive comments department, but Abram doesn't seem to have a compunction to what she says, and also goes along with the "that Asian" remarks.The thing is, Abram could be interested in Julliette _ I don't know why in fact...apparently they had never talked to one another prior to their parents death _ and point out to her, that she was being a jerk with all that racists comments..but he doesn't, and later on, to make matters even worse ends up falling into a slut shaming situation.(just because he doesn't say it aloud, it still counts)As if all of this still wasn't enough, what had me practically screaming is that _unless I'm mistaken_, this book's target audience are teenage girls... who will be reading a book full of crap about women... when instead this should be directed at boys who don't know shit about them.Amongst the many off-hand remarks casually thrown that made me want to gag _trying to keep up with the book's mentality, yay! _ are:The comment that Juliette does, on how could Abram have been so patient for their make out session, when her body isn't you know? Perfect, because there's so many available sluts around!Oh, and the one in which she asks herself why can't she be a whore for two seconds?Oh, and the one in which she says she's on the pill purely due to some health issues, not because she's a whore!Is this some kind of unspoken rule?Does every single female leading character written by a guy have to be made into a mental case?Yes?Does it feed the White Knight syndrome?Oh... I see... in that case, mission accomplished.Misogynistic BS When one reaches the end of book and starts evaluating characters and behaviours, one thing pops out. And that is the fact, that with the exception of Abram's mother and "facebook" aunt, the other female characters with bigger roles "aren't nice people" according to our troubled teens :There's Juliette's mother who was a conniving bitch who cheated on her father poor indolent bastard who apparently didn't care about anything while his wife was alive, and as if that wasn't enough she also got her daughter addicted to pills, because nothing says "I love you honey" as: Here, take one of my Adderall's!Apparently the mother had no problem in sharing what was hers with her daughter: clothes, shoes, belts, pills :/Bad mother.____Then there's the "ASIAN slutty girl"_ARGH! REALLY? You don't see nothing wrong with this?This girl,_we are told_ apparently lets Abram copy on classes _which makes her stupid_, also according to him she's a sex freak because she wanted his penis _which makes her naive_...but he succeeded in resisting her wiles! Because that's what teenage boys do..they save themselves for the LOVE of their lives at the age of seventeen ( I guess this is some sort of Christian fiction?)In fact I can totally see Abram saying something along the lines of this to "that Asian girl":*No, you shall not have my dick! I am saving my dick for Juliette!* ~sarcasm~And here's slut shaming... directed at a "character" that never makes an appearance. We never see the girl as anything more than a recipient for Juliette's offences.Finally there's Juliette and her mental basket popping pills and checking guys _well one guy...because if she checked more asses that would probably make her you know, slutty_ asses... case, because let's face it girls, there's nothing more appealing than this!!(We get a lot of references to Abram's "fashion statement"~sarcasm~...oh and in the case that that wasn't the idea, there's this wonderful thing called BELTS.) HOT, right ladies? :/______So, yes, the only woman worth of anything in this book is Abram's mother, which leads me to this very important point...Guy's mothers are sacred.Everyone else... isn't... except, if you're a mental pixie girl case, in which case guys will be falling hard for you!;)Why?R: No idea. I guess it was in the script.The writing is meh.The plot... where was it?The character development is missing in action.The changing pov's are annoying because both characters sound the same!A basic story on how the love of a good man boy will redeem a lost woman girl featuring a bat-shit load of crap, prejudices, and many other YA nonsenses.p.s- I am very much aware that after this review, I'll probably never EVER be approved for any other arc provided by this publisher.This is my honest review/rant.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2019-05-18 05:18

    Hmmm...Hmmm...What to say. What to say. I just ... don't know what to say.Did I like it? I don't really know.I want to say the writing has potential because the author has a quirky and amusing writing style BUT, I think he should stick to only writing man-boy POVs. Abram was slightly clueless but endearing. Juliette however, was an unlikeable, selfish, judgemental raging bitch that thinks wearing a bikini/wanting to kiss someone makes you a whore. At the beginning and end she was tolerable, but for huge sections in the middle I wanted to stab her. If she wasn't quite so much of a hateful bitch this book could have been a 5 star read for me. It had a cute love story and there was enough character development to make me want to stab Juliette a little less by the end.Let's go with a 3

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-05-06 04:28

    This book was so darn cute, I just absolutely adored it! The characters were relatable and awkward and I fell in love with both of them from the very beginning. I really liked how their pasts were connected and that they fell in love despite it. And their love story was just the cutest, I was rooting for them from the start! Despite both being damaged and having issues, they managed to overcome it and let themselves have happiness together. I just loved everything about this book and how it dealt with all too real issues that people deal with every day but still managed to be lighthearted and fun.

  • AJ
    2019-05-08 02:20

    I really liked the premise of this book and went in with high hopes, but sadly it just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t connect with the writing, and it unfortunately killed any hope of my loving this story. Abram and Juliette live down the street from each other and attend the same high school, although they haven’t had much to do with each other. They do, however, share a devastating connection – her mother and his father were having an affair which was discovered upon their tragic deaths in an accident. Now, a year later, they are both still struggling to come to terms with the loss, and the devastation left behind. The story is told in the alternating POV of Abram and Juliette, and I really appreciated their different voices. Abram is still grieving but has pulled himself together somewhat and is starting to recover his happy, carefree self, whereas Juliette is lost, broken and cynical. And both have the added pressure of a widowed parent – Abram’s functioning well, Juliette’s completely reclusive.Abram and Juliette’s story starts when they meet in a pharmacy, collecting the prescriptions that help them cope with their lives. An unlikely and unconventional friendship develops as they start to spend time together, slowly helping each other to move on and find ‘normal’ again. This is a really short book, and you are dropped right into the story, with the background unfolding as Abram and Juliette grow closer and both start to deal with their losses and the circumstances of their parents’ deaths, falling in love along the way. So yeah, great premise, right? It could have been awesome, but I was not a fan of the writing style. I don’t like overly wordy or flowery writing and to me, this writing almost felt pretentious – like the author was trying too hard to be deep and poetic, and I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. I force my eyes to swallow the hot tears welling up inside them – they don’t take nearly as good cold.And parts of it were just confusing. Is it meant to be profound? Who knows? But it breaks up the flow of the book when the writing is overly wordy and I have to reread a paragraph over and over just to make sense of it. For example - (view spoiler)[On a scale of 1-10, this sex we’re about to embark upon is going to be the dash in between the numbers. Off the charts, all my fault. Abram will try to steal all the blame, the only thing he’s selfish about taking. I really just want to make him feel better in a non-fake, preferably non-verbal way that doesn’t lead to a mess. I want him to feel…nothing. Except me. And my thoughts on all subjects, which are usually the correct ones, except during times like these, when they’re ganging upon on me and I need his help.Ummmmm… what? (hide spoiler)]It wasn’t all like this, and there were moments that were sweet and funny, or downright heartbreaking, but overall, I just couldn’t get into it. I’m sure there are readers that will love this book, but I thought it was just ok. 2 stars.

  • Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
    2019-05-22 04:25

    I don't remember being this bored by a book since Scorpio Races, and I bored myself to tears with that one. This, in many ways, is worse.Damn, I really wanted to read this. I really, really did. But the way it was written, the way characters acted, is just deplorable.Meet Juliette, who is probably the worst kind of heroine you may come across in YA literature.She slut shames-"Do you think that Asian over there is pretty?" I ask Abram, testing him, wondering if I'm really his type, or if I'm just his type until that rare breed of slutty Asian drops into his lap.Yes, because pretty=slutty. Got it. She criticizes everything-[Abram] needs to find himself a people pleaser- a natural born pushover who will do weird things like wear a special dress when the occasion never calls for it, have a good attitude about going to the amusement park or a baseball game, and agree with his point of view for the sake of getting along1. What’s wrong in dressing nice, even if you’re just going to the supermarket?2. Why do you need to have a bad attitude when going to an amusement park or a baseball game? I happen to love amusement parks and know a lot of girls who love baseball. 3. Yes, Juliette. Not letting things slide and fighting is sooo mature. Seems like something you might do, though. She thinks that every-fucking-thing is her responsibility-I briefly consider teaching him a lesson he’ll probably forget, but that kind of effort is what got me into this tailgating party in the first placeWho the hell are you to ‘teach him a lesson’?And then, who the hell are you trash Abram’s mom’s closet (without her permission) and throw out his dad’s clothes? Who are you to decide what she should do with them? (←I’m serious, guys. This actually happened.)She is so emotionless, passionless and dull. Not to mention, downright awful.Lets now meet Abram, the most pathetic excuse for a male lead I have ever seen.Ya’ know what? I feel sorry for the dude, I really do. His IQ is probably lesser than that of a kindergartener and he supposedly fell in love with Ice Bitch Extraordinaire. He is so bloody flowery and always waxes about how much he wants Juliette and how beautiful she is and has feeeeelings when he is around her *_______*Give me a break, dude.He is such a doormat and its really no wonder he puts up with Juliette. Any person with a mind of their own can see through Juliette, except Golden Boy here, with a heart made of rabbit fluff. So, as you can imagine, the romance was terrible. Not to mention extremely fast. In fact, I even thought I missed a few chapters in between and went back a few pages, only to give up. I think I stopped at around 55%. There is only so much amount of stupid I can take.As for the writing, oh god its atrociousNot even a whale jumping out of the ocean and swallowing the house could stop me from kissing herYeaaah, no thanks. I’m good. ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are subject to change in the final copy.

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    2019-04-25 02:37

    3.5-4 starsNot fair that anything would ever try to pass itself off as more important than us and this, but that's life, I guess - a bunch of crap competing for your attention when the best things are right in front of your face.Finding Mr. Brightside was not at all what I was expecting. I mean, it had -1% angst. That's a negative sign there... seriously. You'd think a story about two teenagers addicted to medication and unhealthy self-coping mechanisms would be full of depression and ugly crying scenes, but that's not what Jay Clark was going for or what this book is about at all. Which is so incredibly refreshing. Instead, it's about falling in love at Taco Bell. It's about a weird boy and a weird girl who connect despite their two families' rocky history. It's also really, really funny, in a quirky, straightforward sort of way. If you read the first 10 pages of the book and enjoy that type of humor, I can almost guarantee Finding Mr. Brightside will be a book you devour. The story itself is simple. Juliette and Abram have had ~feelings for each other for a while (unbeknownst to the other party), but they steered clear because his dad and her mom died in an accident while having an affair. But fate can't be stopped, and the two are soon joining forces, despite Juliette's reticence. She's intrigued, and he's beyond smitten, and this combination has such an adorable effect over the book. I don't know how else to explain it other than to say that they just click. They get one another, and they accept their quirks and faults. While Jay Clark presents very real issues, they never overtake the characters, and gradually Juliette and Abram learn to let their addictions go. In the end, it's their personalities that have left such a memorable impression on me. Most of the book is spent with Juliette and Abram sharing the page, and that was a-okay by me. Their interactions are hilarious - Abram trying to read Juliette, usually getting it right; Juliette's negativity succumbing to Abram's charm that is completely his own. I loved being inside both of their heads. There are quite a few sweet, swoony moments, too. I was definitely rooting for them!If you're looking for something offbeat and drama-free, I highly recommend Finding Mr. Brightside. I hope its humor will do you good, and that you'll be just as smitten with Juliette and Abram as I was. I'm crossing my fingers that Jay Clark has more books like this coming our way! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!This review can also be found at Love at First Page.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-05-11 05:18

    I went into this book with no small amount of trepidation. The book description seems to imply that there’s a lot of angst in this story, and I’m in no mood for it at all. However, I’ve been following Jay Clark on social media for quite a while now and angst doesn’t seem to be his thing, so I decided to give this book a chance after all. I was right about the angst part, at least.While it’s true that Finding Mr. Brightside is blissfully free of angst, it’s also devoid of any sweetness. It’s a pretty claustrophobic little book that revolves around two characters, Juliette and Abram, with only two or three more secondary characters to lighten things up a bit. Juliette’s mother and Abram’s father were having an affair and they died together in a car accident. Juliette and Abram are both grieving in their own ways, but Juliette is having a much harder time getting over her anger. Abram didn’t strike me as angry. He didn’t strike me as anything, really, and I can’t say that his character stood out in any memorable way. As for Juliette, her behavior often made me very uncomfortable, and while I can forgive some of it because of her grief, she was sometime bossy and appallingly inconsiderate of others. Not something I want in my heroines. Finding Mr. Brightside tries too hard to be quirky and different, and while it succeeds with the latter, it falls considerably short with the former. I had high hopes for it, especially after reading the first few, very promising chapters. But after the initial humor, the rest mostly just fell flat, and I ended up struggling to finish this unusually short book.It’s pretty obvious that Jay Clark has a lot of talent, though, and I’m positive that he can and will show it. I don’t think he’s found his voice quite yet, but he’s getting there.I have high hopes for his next book.

  • Stacee
    2019-05-18 04:20

    I almost don't have words for this book. It's a little sad, a little quirky, a lot funny, and I loved every bit of it. Juliette and Abram have had a serious situation to deal with. The book starts a year after the event and opens with a midnight trip to CVS...and it just gets better from there. Juliette is an interesting MC. She knows the way she's acting isn't right or "normal", but can't seem to do anything about it. Abram is the opposite. He's so laid back and open to do whatever Juliette wants, that it makes for a perfect relationship. They're effortlessly supportive and it was captivating reading it unfold. The only thing I wish was that there was more of it. The little slice of time we got was damn near perfection, but I'm greedy and would have liked to have it fleshed out a bit. All in all, it was exactly what I didn't know I was looking for and I'll definitely be getting all of the copies. **Huge thanks to Macmillan for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2019-05-12 00:29

    An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.Finding Mr. Brightside was equal parts charming and quirky, hopeful and cute. The premise for this story definitely caught my interest, turning a tragedy -- not to mention scandal -- like that into a story of young love, but I appreciate that it didn't focus just on the romantic aspect. Because to me, the focus is more about these two coping with the accident that tore both of their families apart and how they help each other move beyond it.I felt like Abram and Juliette had already been on the path to each other before they ever spoke in that CVS. Them falling in love was secondary; they needed each other's guidance more. Abram and Juliette tended to both live inside their heads a lot, either over thinking or creating false scenarios in their heads. I tend to do this myself -- both of those -- and so I kind of favor characters who do the same. It helps me to connect to them if I can understand how they think and what's going through their heads. Watching as Juliette helped Abram find alternate ways of dealing with his grief and vice versa, seeing how they each knew just when to back off and how it ultimately helped them, was gratifying.And yes, seeing them get over their coping mechanisms and find solace in one another left me with a different kind of satisfaction. Though sharing in the same grief, each character had their own distinct voice in this story. Abram is a little happy-go-lucky while Juliette is snarky and sarcastic, and yet they just mesh so well, even when it's kind of awkward in the beginning. There was never the bitter sting of rejection or a lack of communication to keep them from coming together. Actually, I think my favorite aspect was just how open the lines of communication were between these two.Under the circumstances, I expected a ton of angst and blame and anger, but instead, Finding Mr. Brightside is an optimistic tale full of growth and hope, and it was an all-around pleasure to read. I'll definitely be looking forward to more from this author.GIF it to me straight:

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2019-05-22 00:09

    Finding Mr. Brightside is one of those books that you look at and say okay this is going to the top of my to be read list and put it down. Then you pick it up days later to only say to yourself idiot you should have read this right away.I have read a lot but this story stole my heart for a few reasons. First I have to say that I loved Juliette's character and Abram's character. The background of the story and the current situation that Juliette and Abram find themselves in felt so real while I was reading it I could not put it down. I was mad at myself for waiting a few days to read it.The journey Juliette and Abram are on is one full of sadness and loss. They have both lost someone they loved and are trying to focus on life. They are trying to recover but they can't. It is hard for them to acknowledge one another because they share a tragedy that has put them together. They both share an addiction that is destroying them. Then something miraculous happens and the two of them discover they have a lot in common. They begin a friendship that will be tested by family and friends and in the end they will have to decide if being together and friends is worth it.Will Juliette find her Mr. Brightside in Abram or will the sun go down for them.

  • ♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
    2019-05-08 05:12

    You can read this review and more on my blog:I received a free copy of this book from Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.I swear I was going to give this book fours stars. From the moment I started reading, I just knew this was going to be a four star (or four roses if you are reading this review on my blog) book. I still felt like this was a four star read 80% into the book, but then a funny thing happened. I realized there wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about the book so why the heck was I going to give it four stars? This is a five star book if I ever read one!Actually, I didn’t feel like I was reading a book at all. I felt like I was listening to two friends recount the story of how they met and fell in love. There are some real life problems that are tackled in this story, but somehow, it was never depressing or sad.Abram and Juliette have an unconventional “how we met” story. Both Abram’s dad and Juliette’s mom died about a year ago, but that’s not all Abram and Juliette have in common. You see, their parents died at the same time because they were in a car together when it crashed. And they were in this car together because they were having an affair.And yet, that is still not all that Abram and Juliette have in common. They are both addicted to prescription drugs, they live a few houses down from each other in the same small town, and they both take very good care of their surviving parent.I know all that sounds very dark and a little disturbing, but I guarantee you it isn't. This book was beyond cute!Juliette thinks of herself as this harsh--for lack of a better word--bitchy young woman, but in reality, she has a very big heart and is just afraid she will hurt other people if she lets them get too close to her. Luckily, Abram understands this about her immediately and figures out how to help her lower her guard.I really liked that both Abram and Juliette had their weaknesses and strengths. This wasn't a book where one character is perfect and the other one is a mess. Juliette does all sorts of cute little things to help Abram, and he does the same for her. They both try to help each other lessen their dependency on their prescription drugs so they can experience life without a filter. They didn't change each other they just tried to make things better.Abram and Juliette have known each other for a long time, but their friendship doesn't begin until they run into each other at the local CVS. Abram invites her to Taco Bell, and the next thing you know, they are spending almost all of their free time together. Their relationship wasn't easy, but it was effortless. They mad sure to be honest and open with each other, and they worked hard to keep things healthy. This is the type of adult relationship I am always looking for in books. It is proof that a couple doesn't have to play games, lie to each other, or fight constantly in order to be interesting. Both of these people were screwed up, but in some ways, everyone is screwed up. You don't have to fix everything about your life in order to be ready for love.Yes, both Abram and Juliette had some issues to work through. They are about to graduate high school and need to figure out what is next, they were both addicted to prescription drugs, and neither of them had really dealt with the death of their parents or the betrayal of finding out their parents where having an affair. Somehow, they managed to deal with all of these issues while still falling in love with each other. Life didn't have to pause in order for them to grow.My only complaint about the writing is that it could be hard to follow at times. It was written the way people actually think and speak, and sometimes I would get lost. It felt like there were too many inside jokes that I wasn't getting. This didn't take away from my enjoyment, but it did take some getting used too.Just in case you are like me, and assumed that because this book was written by a man, it wouldn't be as romantic as other Young Adult contemporary romances, I will ease your fears. This man knows how to write a romance. I am not sure if it because it was written by a man or because it was written by a good author, but the romance was adorable without becoming cheesy. The words they spoke to each other never felt flowery and insincere. They meant every sweet and sarcastic thing they said, and I loved that Abram was more comfortable with expressing his feelings than Juliette. This was a love story that I will definitely read again some day (if I ever get a chance to reread anything. lol)This is a must read for fans of the Young Adult/New Adult romance genre.Because of language and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up. There are no sex scenes.

  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    2019-05-21 01:19

    Okay, this was better than I expected. I thought Finding Mr. Brightside was going to be all super sappy and dramatic, but not so. This is actually a lot of fun. Yes, there are serious subject matters, but it’s not all done in a Debbie Downer way.Juliette and Abram both lost a parent. At the same time. Her mom and his dad were having an affair, and then died in a car accident on their way home from a getaway. Can you imagine getting that call? Juliette and Abram live down the street from each other and go to the same school, but don’t talk. Then one random night they just kind of fall into this … weird friendship. They seemed to naturally gravitate toward each other, and that made sense given their circumstances and curiosity.I love Abram and Juliette. Their dynamic is one of my favorite types – she’s standoffish and pushes people away, while he’s easygoing and persistent. It’s highly amusing how her attitude and personality doesn’t faze him. I know Juliette doesn’t exactly sound like a ball of fun, but she is funny in her own way. And the two of them together made me laugh quite a few times.“Just now noticing the twin daggers shooting out from Juliette’s eyes – looks like they’ve been there awhile. In case there’s any confusion over who her target is, she points in my direction and then makes a throat-slitting gesture with the same index finger.I step out of the car, still excited to see her.”Obviously they’ve come together under strange circumstances, and they’re both dealing with what their parents did in their own unhealthy ways. So it was nice to see how they grew closer and found closure together. What I really like too is, there isn’t very much drama. I mean, there is a little or else it would be kind of boring, but it definitely falls on the lower side of the scale.Overall, Finding Mr. Brightside was an entertaining read for sure.

  • Monica
    2019-05-10 04:13

    4 stars? Maybe 3.75 stars? Good contemporary, had its moments, but it felt very rushed and needed some more development both character and plot wise (not surprising considering its only 218 pages).

  • Lauren
    2019-05-14 03:32

    Finding Mr. Brightside is both amusing and tragic, but also extremely hopeful. It is a rather quiet and insular story that doesn't apologize about focusing directly on Abram and Juliette. Besides their parents, I can only recall 5 other named characters. This is very much a book about two people who begin to heal through their connection - because of the way they're able to understand each other's pasts, and also because of the way they naturally compliment and contrast each other. The minimalist method the author chose to tell Abram and Juliette's story, made the entire experience feel more intimate and approachable. Wonder of wonders, this is also low on drama.Abram and Juliette are not friends, although they have a great deal in common. They live on the same street, are in the same grade at school, and each has a parent who died in a car accident last year. Of course that last part isn't really a coincidence, as Juliette's mom and Abram's dad were in the same vehicle due to the affair they were having. Unsurprisingly, neither Abram or Juliette is coping that well. They've also been avoiding each other, though they realize they can't do that forever - more to Juliette's dismay than Abram's. One night when they are both at CVS filling their respective anxiety/depression/etc. medications, Abram ask Juliette to go to Taco Bell with him, and she agrees, which surprises both of them. This is truly one of the best dual perspective novels I've read. I thought the story was better for allowing us in both of their heads, and I truly enjoyed being inside of both of their heads. Abram and Juliette have distinct voices and strong characterization. Even though this book is brief and takes place over the relatively short period of time of several weeks - to a few months - and focuses mostly on their interactions with each other, I felt like I got to know both of them very well. Who they were individually, as well as why they connected so well as a couple. They are very different but are also exactly what each other needs. This book isn't focused on creating huge swoony moments. But as I watched Juliette and Abram wake up and rediscover themselves, and as I saw more and more clearly how well they work as a couple, I was swooning for them, big time. I do think my own expectations worked against me a bit near the end of this story. I always expect contemporaries to have the same basic plot, with a big break and lots of drama at the 75% mark. This book didn't do that, but I spent unnecessary time worrying that it would, which pulled me out of the story. I wish I'd let go of my fears and just enjoyed the whole journey. Don't make the mistake I did! I hope you enjoy Abram and Juliette's story as much as I did. Love Triangle Factor: NoneCliffhanger Scale: Standalone

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-17 05:07

    You had me at "Taco Bell"...I REALLY enjoyed this book. Thought it had heart and dealt with some difficult things in a great way. It was serious when it needed to be and lighthearted when things started to get depressing. I LOVE the back and forth narrative and I usually hate when books are written like that, mainly because most authors tend to write the characters way too similar. I didn't find that to be the case at all. Abram's voice was his voice as was Juliette's. There were times when I felt like the story could have been a little more flushed out but for the most part I devoured this book. Really liked it!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-03 04:26

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** Finding Mr. Brightside is the sweetest story about two quirky teenagers that have (completely different) problems of their own, each stemming from a singular incident that affected them both. Abram and Juliette are neighbors and they each had their own little average nuclear family, until Juliette's mom and Abram's dad decided to have an affair together. And then they both died in a car crash while they were away together. So it is kind of a gossip worthy and messed up situation.Finding Mr. Brightside is told in alternating points of views between Abram and Juliette and these two kids could not be more different. Juliette is as type A as they come, popping more than her already too high dosage of adderall just to keep up with everything self imposed thing she wants to do. The funny thing about Juliette is that she had all the makings of someone that would be queen bee in high school, but she was almost as much of a loner as Abram was. I liked that neither of them really fit into any one stereotype completely. It made them seem more like real teenagers and less like characters in a book. I can see Finding Mr. Brightside as a movie. Maybe one of those indie movies. (or big budget movies, with funky camera work, made to look like its' an indie movie.) Everything played out while I was reading like I was watching it on a big screen. The whole book felt very conversational, not forced and effortlessly funny. I thought Jay Clark did a phenomenal job of capturing the voice of teenagers.Juliette cracked me up. She knew her neurosis and she knew that some aspects of herself were messed up, and she poked fun of them in her chapters. I loved that her specialty text message was a mixed message. I couldn't stop laughing at that. This book seemed so relate-able to me, which was great because I'm not really anything like either Juliette or Abram. I have noticed more than a few DNF 1 and 2 star reviews of finding Mr. Brightside and I can only imagine that a vast majority of these readers didn't give Juliette and Abram enough of a chance. The beauty was in riding their journey out with them. They made each other better. They were there for one another- supporting, listening; telling the other one when they were wrong and just looking out for them. It was a beautiful relationship, even in its' moments of messed up glory. Yes, Juliette and Abram had problems. Yes Juilette should not have abused her adderall like she did, but I hate to break to everyone- she is not the only teenager on ADHD medication. I have seen her story time and time again in real life, and I loved the way Jay Clark portrayed it in Finding Mr. Brightside. He didn't glorify it, or sugarcoat it. You got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly about those little pills.And now for my favorite part of Finding Mr. Brightside- Abram. Oh my sweet, sweet Abram. He is my Mr. Brightside as well as Juliette's. How can you not love Abram. He is also just so positive, and so nice. He is a good guy, you can tell that from the very first moment you meet him. And he is never anything but a ray of sunshine. He saved Juliette. I totally and completely believe that. Finding Mr. Brightside has an open ending, but it looks like it will be a standalone. And I am ok with that. I thought the story was beautiful and funny and all around wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed Finding Mr. Brightside. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  • Jaime Arkin
    2019-04-29 01:18

    Abram and Juliette have lived down the block from each other for their whole lives… but they don’t really know each other and even if they wanted to know each other, something makes it almost impossible. See, Abram’s dad and Juliette’s mom died in a car accident which revealed a sordid truth… they were having an affair, and for both Abram and Juliette it’s a steep hill to climb to getting their lives back to normal.. .but maybe they’re willing to put in the effort together.You guys… this book was so incredibly different than a lot of what I’ve been reading and it was so refreshing and wonderful.The story itself was wonderfully told. Imagine having to live just down the street from the family that your parent chose to throw his or her family away for. A chance meeting at the local drug store and a random invite to Taco Bell start us on a journey of learning just who these two are. While the actions of their parents ultimately didn’t affect just Abram and Juliette, the story focuses solely on them, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Neither of them are handling anything very well at this point. Abram depends on an anti-depressant and gave up the one sport his father pushed him to excel in and Juliette depends on Adderall and refuses to eat even when her body demands it of her. Clark has created a story with two very distinctive voices and I loved getting to know Abram and Juliette both separately and together. I have to say though, that what I really loved most was the way these two complimented each other. They are so different personality-wise, yet they are exactly the thing the other needs. They push each other to get their lives back and not let what their parents did, define who they are and who they become. And the title of this book was so perfect, and I didn’t even realize it until the very end and I actually thought about what I had just read. If you’re looking for something a little different than your typical contemporary… something with amazing characters and an interesting story, definitely make sure you grab Finding Mr. Brightside when it arrives!Thank you to the publisher for and advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

  • Margaux
    2019-04-23 01:16

    Advanced copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Abram and Juliette have a history, even though they've never spoken. One year ago Juliette’s mother and Abram’s father died in a car accident together while carrying out their extramarital affairs. Now things are awkward. Abram and Juliette go to school together and they've just encountered each other at the CVS pharmacy while filling their respective prescriptions for antidepressants and Adderall. Somehow, they awkwardly start hanging out and eventually Juliette lets her walls down enough for Abram to elbow his way in. This novel reminded me a lot of Matthew Quick’s nonchalant way of talking about mental illness while still giving it breathing room and respect. At its heart this novel places two teens in a position where they can help each other deal with the loss of their parents and their need for human connection and stability. Very beautifully written.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-11 03:27

    I did not like this book at all. Here’s why: Juliette was an awful character. There were multiple quotes within the text where she was being a total slut shamer (and just an annoying asshole in general) For example:“I don’t have a condom,” Abram says.“I’m on the pill.”He seems surprised.“For psychotic hormone regulation, not because I’m a whore.”Wtf?!? So anyone sexually active on the pill is automatically a whore?!?This book also changed points of view way too often. I’m talking about every few paragraphs it switched. It was unnecessary, confusing, and pointless. It was also frustrating because the characters sounded so much a like, you often forget who’s head you where in. I think this book would have been better if it just stuck to one view point (Abram’s).The “romance” in this novel was lacking. Their chemistry was forced and they had the standard case of instalove. Finding Mr. Brightside is one of those books you have to force yourself to finish. Overall, just a really disappointing read.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-27 23:29

    This book had some problematic elements that niggled at me throughout, particularly with the use of "retarded," as a slur. I know that's how people talk, but it didn't add anything to the character--I already knew she was a difficult person and didn't need that to illustrate it further (I'm assuming it was intentional and not just lazy language.) There are a few other instances of that sort of thing as well that just bothered me because they served no purpose. I also had an issue with the conflation of antidepressant use and Aderall abuse. With all that said, I thought there was interest voice in this story and it was actually rather focused and "quiet," despite the dramatic-sounding hook. That was a pleasant surprise for sure.I'll write more on the blog, but this is one I'll be interested to follow people's responses to.

  • Abbie
    2019-04-30 22:23

    First off, that cover is insanely adorable. I picked this book up solely because of it. Yes, I am shallow that way.So some of the dialogue in this book was offensive and I definitely didn't find it as sweet as pie but still, something about it appealed to me. The biting wit maybe? Or the fact that the writing was total manly and lacked the giggle and sigh trademark of chicklit.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-07 00:21

    Digital ARC provided by Netgalley.It had an interesting premise, but repeated use of both the word "retarded" and frequent references to a romantic rival as either "that Asian" or "the slutty Asian" killed it for me.

  • Lissa
    2019-05-03 02:29

    I’m always a fan of supporting local authors, and I really thought that this story sounded interesting. Boy meets girl… after boy’s father and girl’s mother, who were having an affair, die in a car crash (boy’s father was driving). Now, a year later, the pair run into one another at a drug store when the girl (Juliette) is filling her Adderall prescription and the boy (Abram) is going to pick up his Paxil prescription. Well, I have to say that that isn’t something I read every day, so I gave it a whirl.First, this book is short. It’s technically 214 pages, but the print is fairly large, so it’s a super quick read and feels more like a novella than an actual book – which is a good thing, because I don’t think that I could have dealt with a full book of these two characters, to be honest. I actually made a list of points that I wanted to address in my review, which I almost never do for fiction. Annnnnd go!Juliette is beyond annoying as a character. She’s hooked on Adderall (view spoiler)[thanks to her mother, who introduced her to the drug (hide spoiler)], with which she seems to be relatively okay, but she can’t handle that Abram is on Paxil. Granted, Abram tells her that he doesn’t think that he really needs the Paxil, but Juliette immediately devises a plan for him to get off the drug. Listen, drugs are serious, mmkay? If you’re going to go off of something like Paxil, it should be under a doctor’s supervision, and not some plan someone found on an internet message board. And it’s not like she even asks him if he wants to go off of Paxil – she just announces that this is what he is going to do now, and when he briefly brings up her Adderall addiction, Juliette just brushes it aside.Juliette comes across as extremely controlling manipulative and controlling to me, and it’s not just about the Paxil. Everything has to be done on her conditions, in her time, according to her rules – and if something was too much for her to handle, she just ran away. Abram, who seems to be suffering from a severe case of white knight syndrome, goes along with all of this, including having to chase after her repeatedly. I really hate when a passive character gets steamrolled, and Abram gets steamrolled by Juliette right and left. And I have a major problem with Juliette’s hang-ups on words like “slutty” and “whore.” Ick. I hate those words, hate those words being used in YA fiction (or any fiction, or really anywhere, to be honest), and HATE that no one called her out on that and said “hey, you know what? Not cool.” It’s especially bad when Juliette and Abram have some of the least sexy foreplay ever, and Abram tells her that he doesn’t have a condom. Juliette tells him that’s okay, because she’s on the pill, but it’s for regulating her hormones and not because she’s a whore. What the fuck. So everyone woman who is on the pill for birth control is a whore? Intense rage-inducing dislike! And then there is the “dwarf” thing. At a party that Juliette attends, thrown by her best friend Heidi, a “dwarf” starts hitting on Heidi. Juliette thinks it is gross. Heidi doesn’t (and goes creepy in her own way by hitting up fetishland). And, of course, the character in question (who doesn’t even have a name) is super creepy and gross. How about no. They are not “dwarves” and they are not fetishes. And why does he have to be the creepy one? The whole situation felt wrong, wrong, wrong.So, to escape from their lives, the pair of them decide to go to the beach for a mini vacation. And neither of their parents seemed to mind a great deal about that. Where are actual parents in YA fiction? I understand that there wouldn’t be nearly as much “action” if there were actual parental figures present, but come on. I can’t imagine being seventeen, going away for nearly a week with someone I barely knew, and my mom being okay with that in the slightest. In fact, just telling her (instead of asking her) of my plans would have been a one-way trip to ground town. But, hey, have fun kiddos!And the place that they go on vacation is even worse – Abram’s mom’s beach house. The beach house where Abram’s father and Juliette’s mother spent time hooking up more than once. What a splendid idea! At least Juliette seems a little bothered by this at points, but not enough to actually do anything about it. Sorry, that was just awkward and a little creepy. Know what else is creepy? The fact that they go to a local restaurant where the two “adults” that Abram knows in the area buy them alcohol. The waiter doesn’t bat an eye, even though it’s obvious that four drinks were ordered for the two legal people at the table. And when a second round is ordered, when it should have been crystal clear that the two teenagers were also drinking, no questions were asked again! Awesome customer service! So glad that that waiter was willing to risk losing the restaurant’s liquor license!But Juliette is apparently used to creepy(view spoiler)[, because her mother told some woman who worked at a coffee shop in the area that she thought her daughter [Juliette] and the man she’s having an affair with’s son [Abram] would be perfect together. That is just disgusting. How would you even go about introducing them? “Honey, meet the man with whom I’m cheating – and here’s his son, Abram! What a catch, right? Maybe we can double date! Just don’t tell your father!” How about no (hide spoiler)].And yet, in spite of spending nearly a week in the beach house, Juliette and Abram never address the elephant in the room – their parents’ affair. I mean, it’s not like I’m expecting a huge drama about it, but the affair is never really addressed, only skirted around a few times throughout the book. Come on, it had to at least cross their minds once or twice that maybe they should have a conversation. But they never really seem to have a conversation about anything at all. Most of the book is just Juliette being standoffish and Abram being the bland, perfect Prince Charming.Well, except for the fact that he apparently doesn’t own one pair of pants that fits properly and his underwear is always hanging out. Because that’s super sexy. Ick. I didn’t even know that moping was still a thing (please tell me it isn’t).And yet, even after Abram put up with all of this, Juliette is still freaking out about putting a picture of them together up on her Facebook. And then she freaks out because no one “likes” the picture in the first few seconds it was posted. How immature can she possibly be? She talks about how she avoids liking pictures on her 700+ friends’ Facebooks, but she expects them to instantly validate her whenever she posts something. How much more self-absorbed can she possibly be?And that, basically, sums up this entire book. Juliette is incredibly self-absorbed and needs “rescued.” Abram has virtually no personality and does all of the “rescuing.” Dislike. Do not want. This book could have been, should have been, so much better. And yet it was not.

  • Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
    2019-05-13 22:07

    This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger3.5 starsDid you ever want to read a heartwarming young adult romance with very little plot, a small cast, and a lot of character development? If so, Finding Mr. Brightside is the book for you.I purchased this book in the spring when it first came out. It was my first book by Jay Clark, but I mostly purchased it because it has a really cute cover. Yeah, it was one of those spontaneous buys where I didn’t really buy it for the content, but for the artwork. I love cutesy covers like this and I just can’t seem to stop myself from picking them up!I didn’t *love* Finding Mr. Brightside. I’m not saying it’s a terrible book, but it’s not exactly memorable. There wasn’t much of a plot line and there was a serious lack of complete sentences, but it was cute. It’s one of those fluffy young adult romances I would pick up after finishing a really intense story. I expected this book to produce a tear or two, but nary was a Kleenex used.Finding Mr. Brightside is told in dual-first person narrative told in the present tense from both Juliette (the girl whose mom had the affair) and Abram’s (the boy whose father killed her mom and himself) perspective. I’m not the biggest fan of present tense narratives, especially when they are paired with dual POV. It always makes things seem…busier…than they should be. I have no idea why it does, it just does. Am I the only one weird about present tense? I hope not.The book is light on world building, but as it is a character driven book, I didn’t have much of a problem with it. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the book nearly as much as I did if both Juliette and Abram didn’t undergo massive amounts of character development, even if it seemed a bit rushed. There he is, in the candy section: Abram. Deep breath. I’ll do my best to make the next scene more take-charge than outtake, but no promises, being that his father killed my mother a year ago.Neither Juliette nor Abram were in a healthy place before that fated night at the drugstore – when they were both picking up prescriptions for drugs they both clearly didn’t need. Juliette coped with her mother’s affair and sudden death by abusing prescription stimulants and running away from her problems (literally, she ran all night). Abram copes by abusing antidepressants and ignoring stacks of mail from colleges. Together they start to change one another as they both shed the guilt of loving flawed parents. They make an awkwardly cute couple, and I enjoyed their dynamic, even if it was one of the least romantic romances I have ever read.

  • Isabella
    2019-05-11 22:24

    okay . before i read this i went to look and see what other peeps said about it ,and i saw alot of like -Ugh! this book is 100% boring and then others were like i so loved this book, well heres my thought .... This little book is amazing its a short-read kind of deal ,but its awsome ! i started this last night got sleepy and finished it this morning and i was very satisfied . Juliette & Abram make the best couple seriously their both so silly ! anyway thats my thought . go check it out if u havent already...

  • Jeff Raymond
    2019-05-19 06:35

    Closer to a 2.5.What is most interesting to me about this book is how entirely safe it is. The plot, about how the parents of two teens are having an affair and die in a car wreck come together and have a mini fling/adventure, is actually really paint-by-numbers and feels utterly unoriginal. It's a perfectly serviceable teen romance, which is all well and good, but when there's so much better out there it's hard to consider or recommend this one above them. There's just nothing special or noticeable to highlight.

  • Heidi Rikard
    2019-04-28 22:27

    Very unexpected sweet story of two dysfunctional teens who find each other...even though they've been there all along. Author manages to treat some very heavy subjects with great humor and gives us the genuine feelings that go along with first love.Great read.

  • Aliam Sunshine
    2019-05-08 05:32

    Definitely one of my most favorite book this year! Juliette and Abram are just too adorable not to love! I hope it gets a companion novel. ❤️

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    2019-05-13 02:36

    This one is a DNF for me. I read the first 50 pages and I realized it wasn't really my kind of read. These two teenagers seem too quirky and too damaged for me.

  • ~Tina~
    2019-04-26 23:16

    review to come...