What is a family?
Rick Myers is a despondent 17-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he's grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, "the crew" is all he has. At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she's often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy's past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick's resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
The Bright Side of Darkness is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.
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I was surprised by this book
Yes I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a bit about blindness or who just likes a good uplifting story. ;
the growth of the characters through the story, and the fact that it isn't part of a series. It's nice to read a novel with a beginning and a middle and an end, all in one book.
Oh there were so many. I loved the scenes with Tim and Jake, and the ones with Rick and Walter, especially the first one.
people can surprise you? Maybe? I really don't want to be cliché, but stupid things like don't judge a book by it's cover comes to mind. lol
I put this book on my wish list and had intentions of reading it because my friend had written it and I wanted to support her work. but honestly I really really didn't want to read a book about some blind chick with a guide dog being enspiring and blah blah blah, we've all been there and hated it. But I figured it's only 8 hours of my life and the narrator was great so here we go. So for the first little bit I was all like, yeah well this is nauseatingly familiar. He's amazed she can breathe and walk and dress herself and talk and all...okay it wasn't *quite* that bad but he was annoying with his "even though she was blind she could do fill in the blank" all the time. But then, and I am not spoiling it for anybody, but then something big happens which caused me to forget I had a life outside my book for the next 5 hours or so. I was kinda wishing I could put my kids in stasis so I wouldn't have to put it down. I loved the story, and the narrator was awesome as well. He did different voices which were very well done. The only thing is that he sometimes moved his head when he read so the sound moved or was muffled sometimes. That's the only reason for my lower rating on performance. The story and everything else was fabulous. The characters were believable and who doesn't love babies and dogs?
Great character development!
Cheering for Rick, Tim, Stacey, Mark, Captain, Walter and even for Brian toward the end, and hoping they'd survive their poor decisions, misfortunes and struggles.
There were many- probably a toss up between the swimming pool scene and the fire.
Though the author does a great job with her words in describing the scenes and making the characters real , Syron's style and intonation brought another layer of depth to the character's and surroundings.
It's a great title! For a sequel: Stumbling Through the Brighter Side because even though they all seemed to survive their adolescences, I'm curious how they handle what comes next in each of their lives!,
Though it might have been too cheesy, I wish Captain had been mentioned more after Rick adopted him, I would have liked to have thought of him participating more in how he built what seems to be a good life. (While I love hearing about how people adapt and change through their struggles, I'm all about how dogs make such a tremendous impact as we blunder through our lives. Overall, this was a well told story .
- Maile George