Finding Mr Brightside
By: Jay Clark
Available March 2015
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. The funeral is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.
Fast forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram is on Paxil. Juliette is on Adderall. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To both of their surprise, she agrees. And the real love story begins.
This Blonde’s Review:
Usually when I read one of these books I will feel like it is a book about one character or the other needing to find what is right for them. In this one it was really still about both of them and the way that they needed each other to help find their way.
Abram and Juliette are opposite in many ways. Juliette has to help care for her father since he’s in his own world writing, while Abram’s mother is more involved. Juliette is like a skittish deer, while Abram knows he wants to know her. Somehow they make this work. Abram moves slowly and lets her come to him, and she isn’t sure why she keeps going back. There is something about them that works, even though their parents’ history should push them apart.
While reading this book I wasn’t worried about whether they’d have a love story between them work out. I was caught up in the ways they help each other. Juliette is organized so helps Abram find a way off of his meds. But she doesn’t think she can do it until he helps her with hers. She opens up to him in ways neither of them expected and pushes him into things he wouldn’t have anticipated either. Seeing the way they healed each other while healing themselves was heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.
If you like reading books with damaged characters who don’t know how to do more than look at life a day at a time, to see how they get back on their feet and start to care again, then you’ll enjoy Juliette and Abram’s story. You’ll want to see how the saying about opposites attracting can also apply to healing. Because the healing is what kept me in this story, more than the relationship they were building without meaning to.