The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …
This is the story of Gus.
And healing along the way.
“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”
“Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half… the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”
If you have read Bright Side then you know who Gus is, he’s Katie “Bright Side” Sedgwick best friend/other half. Bright Side was my absolute favorite read of 2014, Gus is right behind it. I urged you to read it you will not be disappointed then pick up Gus right after it. Gus was just so “EPIC”!
You would think after reading something as perfect as Bright Side how can the author top that one, well Kim Holden did just that she brought us a story about grief, anger, heartbreak, love, friendships, and how one person can endure that much sorrow in there lives only to turn around and pick themselves up and live the life they were truly meant to live.
Gus picks up where Bright Side left off, he’s struggling with his life he doesn’t know what to do or how to survive without Bright Side, she was his other half. Gus was always full of life with her constantly laughing, joking around and doing what he does best playing and writing music for his band Rook. Now he’s a shell of man just existing going through the motions of his day to day life.
It was extremely painful to see Gus this way he was always full of life your left to wonder can he ever recover and pick up the pieces and mend his broken heart and live his life.
Life for Gus has to move on even if doesn’t want to, his band is set to tour Europe, it’s a struggle for him day in day out of doing it. He resorts to alcohol it helps him forget everything, it’s also not good for the band they have some very unfortunate moments and it’s heartbreaking to see. Gus just want to block everything out and forget everything.
Once the US tour begins his agent decides to hire Gus a PA someone to assist, as Gus would say a “babysitter”. Upon meeting Scout Mackenzie his new PA, Gus immediately feels she’s different and uptight, totally opposite of Bright Side. He even has a nickname for “impatient”. He can’t stand the thought of having her around.
Scout has her demons she’s battling and puts up a tough persona, but inside she’s really hurting and is very insecure about herself.
I absolutely loved Scout from the very beginning she was beautiful not only on the outside but inside as well, just the person Gus needed.
“She looks impatient, like its her middle name. Like she eats, sleeps, and breaths impatience. I already don’t like her.”
Gus and Scout were beautiful together, the author did an amazing job building a friendship between the two. Both of them had flaws neither were perfect, they both had shit to deal with. Through their friendship they learned how to trust each other, how to heal and rely on each other isn’t that was life is all about. Sometimes a person comes into your life for a reason you may not know why in the beginning, in the end it all clicks why that person was sent to you.
Other characters from Bright Side are in this one, especially Keller and his daughter, I love seeing his interactions with his daughter and Gus. The glue that held them all together may be gone but she is never forgotten. The friendship they have together is strong and will continue on in life.
Gus was very emotional journey, sometimes in life you have to go through the bad to get to the good. In the end it was all worth the heartbreak.
“It’s time to do epic again, dude.”