Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark

Finding Mr. Brightside
by Jay Clark
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: March 24th 2015
Rate: Enjoyed it (4 stars)


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.

Finding Mr. Brightside is a refreshing YA contemporary story. It will make you laugh and it will make you feel sad for the characters, but you'll definitely enjoy every single page of Juliette and Abram's story.

The story starts one year after the incident that put Abram and Juliette's lives upside down. When tragedy strikes it's a devastating moment in anyone's life, but when that tragedy unravels an ugly secret? Well, that's even harder to deal with. After a fatal accident which involved Abram's dad and Juliette's mother, these two neighbors who have never talked to each other had more in common than they thought. Despite this, their story truly began with a random invite to Taco Bell. 

These two main characters are strong, realistic and in need of a wake up call. In the story we get to meet them well, separately, and the author did a fantastic job creating their personalities and voices. However, my favorite moments where when these two ended up complimenting each other. They had such different personalities that you could see how good they were for each other. 

I think I enjoyed this book so much because it has the very best type of couple in all YA stories: the ones that compliment each other, that when they are together they are better than apart and that dare each other to the point were a great story is told.

Not only this book has a beautiful cover and a perfect title, but it also has a terrific story to share. I highly recommend this book to all readers searching for a different YA contemporary story. 

*I received this ARC in exchange of an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher for the chance of reading it and participating in the tour.

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Jay Clark is the author of The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which was named a Bank Street College Best Book. He’s also a random blogger. Surprisingly popular entries like “How to stop hating people in 21 minutes” and “8 tips for posting your best selfie yet!” can be found on his website: He lives in Columbus, Ohio.


  1. I love a good contemporary. Finding Mr. Brightside totally fits that. I love realistic characters, so this is right up my alley!

    1. Hi Kristen! Then you should definitely read this book! ;) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!