The Brightsiders

The Brightsiders

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde's quirky and utterly relatable novel. As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King?s life should be perfect. But there?s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a ni A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the lates...

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Title:The Brightsiders
Author:Jen Wilde
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Genres:Contemporary
ISBN:1250189713
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:297 pages pages

The Brightsiders Reviews

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Jul 09, 2018
    Absolutely love the diversity of this cast?there may not be a cishet person in the bunch, and the world really could use that right now imo. I wish there'd been more of the banter that featured in Queens of Geek; The Brightsiders runs more to the dramatic side of famous-people contem...
  • Nicole Field
    Nov 04, 2017
    I liked this book. I liked the way that it tied in to the main characters--Charlie and Alyssa--from Queens of Geek. But I didn't love this book. The Brightsiders is the name of a young rock band made up of Ryan, Emmy and Alfie. They are queer icons because Alfie is out as being n...
  • Dahlia
    Dec 07, 2017
    THAT WAS SO FUN. AND ALFIE IS SO GENDERQUEER. ...
  • K.
    Jun 24, 2018
    Trigger warnings: Abusive parents, abusive relationship, gaslighting, alcohol abuse, slut shaming. I was excited about this book from basically the moment it was announced, mostly because of how much I adored Queens of Geek. And then when this hit my Kindle, I put off reading it for...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    May 26, 2018
    Trigger warnings: Emotional manipulation, alcoholism, parental abuse Jen Wilde does best when she writes wonderfully diverse characters who are the norm - The Brightsiders features characters who are bisexual, gender fluid, lesbian and also biracial. Although Emmy King is a famous t...
  • Inge
    Jun 26, 2018
    Sadly, I didn't enjoy this one as much as Queens of Geek - I think because it was very dramatic and not as feelgood. But boy, does this author write diverse characters flawlessly. Plus, the band storyline was a lot of fun! ...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Nov 20, 2017
    This is the kind of queer book I was waiting for. If you?re still looking for something super diverse to read during Pride Month.. THIS IS IT! Please pick it up ?? I've been thinking about some more thoughts to write about this for over a week now but I just honestly am so d...
  • Andrea
    May 15, 2018
    Trigger warning: alcohol abuse, abusive parents The Brightsiders is Jen Wilde?s second novel. I went in with very high expectations! I thought Queens of Geek was absolutely adorable, so I wanted a lot of the same feels from this one. While this was a bit different than Queens of G...
  • USOM
    May 05, 2018
    This book is amazing. I loved every aspect of it from the fun and colorful cover to the main character, to the diversity, to the toxic relationships, to the ending. I'd go back and read this all over again except I want to share my love for this book with the world - so instead I'm wri...
  • Eri
    Jan 30, 2018
    4.5 out of 5. This just became my favorite read of 2018 so far. I just connected with Em so much and i might be biased but i don't even care. I love seeing bi and queer characters in books especially my bi/queer girls. This book is literally a must read. If i say anymore i might spoil ...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    Nov 20, 2017
    WAIT where was I when this was announced??? Bi drummer girl HECK YEAH ...
  • Trevor
    Mar 23, 2018
    3.5 stars I'm not sure if I actually liked this more than Queens of Geek, but it comes pretty close. The Brightsiders is unapologetically queer & if you're looking for great LGBTQIAP+ rep, this has it. The 3 MCs of the band- Emmy (bi), Ryan (bi), Alfie (genderqueer)- are strong ...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    May 13, 2018
    Even though I have it, I haven't read Queens of Geek, so this was my first Jen Wilde book and I loved it. I really connected to Emmy. Not the bisexual rock star part, but her insecurity and need to please people. That desire to want everyone to like you. That is very much ...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    Jun 13, 2018
    RTC But: + LOVE THE QUEERNESS - way too much drama in barely 300 pages. ...
  • Anniek
    May 26, 2018
    While I wasn't expecting to click with this book as much as I did with Queens of Geek, I definitely did enjoy it! However, it did seem to lack some depth and psychological insight, something that I felt Queens of Geek got really well. That made it a bit difficult to really stick with t...
  • ambsreads
    Jul 06, 2018
    Trigger Warnings: biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, emotional manipulation, abuse, underage drinking, drug mentions I POSTED THIS REVIEW IN A MINI REVIEW COLLECTION ON MY BLOG The Brightsiders was another book I picked up on a whim. I didn?t expect a lot since I hadn?t enjoy...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    May 27, 2018
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper This was such an adorable and cute story. I have a weak spot when it comes to books about music or rock stars, so I had a feeling I would enjoy this novel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was an incredible d...
  • emma
    Feb 08, 2018
    Oh, boy. I know this is my unending refrain, but I really wanted to like this book. Even though I didn?t expect to. Unfortunately, I was prevented. By exciting stuff, like drama so unrelenting and pain-inducing that it gave me icepick migraines. You know, those really fun ones...
  • alexis
    Apr 28, 2018
    The Brightsiders left me in an odd place. Rarely do books leave me in a state of such '??????'. Before I start this review, Major Content Warning for Emotionally Abusive Parents in The Brightsiders. They appear heavily in the first half and less in the last half, but definitely pro...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    May 18, 2018
    I really, really loved this. Not sure if I loved it as much as Queens of Geek, but who cares. It's good, y'all. Tw: abuse, gaslighting, alcohol abuse, car accident ...
  • Megan
    Jun 22, 2018
    1.5 stars. Pros: ? The cover ? The premise ? The diversity- seriously, there's an incredible amount of gender, sexual and racial diversity in these characters ? It's short Cons: ? The writing ? No seriously ? It was bad ? And felt ridiculously amateuris...
  • Tova
    Jun 07, 2018
    Before y'all start yelling at me hear me out. I love how unapologetically queer and diverse this book is. And as far as I have seen in other reviews, it's hella accurate, which is really cool. We need more books like this book. My main two reasons for DNFing this book are: 1) The story...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Sep 20, 2018
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars TW: Emotionally abusive parents, toxic abusive relationship, gaslighting, alcohol abuse, vomiting, car accident, biphobia, transphobia, forced kiss, anxiety attack I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I mean?the issues is tackles so head on (all kinds of abusve r...
  • Marjo
    Oct 07, 2018
    fuck yall!!! this book was so much fun!!!!!! its so wonderfully queer & filled with poc. i loved loved loved the celebrity/band story and JUST EVERYTHING. i love jen wilde ugh. ...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Feb 24, 2018
    I loved Queens of Geek's story a bit more, but still adored how Jen Wilde created the most amazing lineup of characters here. One character is nonbinary femme, black, and bi (and uses they/them pronouns which the story just used like nbd without pausing to explain in some alienating wa...
  • Morgane Moncomble
    May 27, 2018
    Surrounded by assholes, and people pleasing. You know what happens when you combine the two? You get taken advantage of. You try to save people. Thank you Jen Wilde for writing two amazing books that made me understand how much I?m valid, and loved, and different, but some...
  • Elke
    May 26, 2018
    This arrived today and i read it in one sitting - it was amazing! Some quick, chaotic thoughts because actual reviews that take time and energy aren't working for me at the moment: SO QUEER. Genderqueer pansexual love interest with social anxiety. Bi main character. Several bi/ga...
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    May 14, 2018
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review. TRIGGER WARNING: BOTH THE NOVEL AND THIS REVIEW CONTAINS TALK OF ABUSIVE PARENTS AND AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND ALCOHOL ABUSE The Brightsiders is a young-adult c...
  • Kayla
    May 24, 2018
    Can we talk about a how cool this book was? ...
  • evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
    Jun 22, 2018
    jen wilde's books are SO popular in the book community, but this just didn't work for me at all and it was downright boring. i didn't see the chemistry between emmy and alfie, there was too much telling and not enough showing, and if i'm going to be entirely honest jen wilde's writing ...