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.
First Sentence: She takes a cab every Saturday morning.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I rarely write DNF reviews, but Finding Mr. Brightside just wasn’t working for me. I’ve read through the first 101 pages, which is actually a little more than half of the book, and I just had to face it: Finding Mr. Brightside was doing nothing for me.
The thing is, I was expecting Finding Mr. Brightside to be beyond swoony and amazing. At the back of the ARC of Finding Mr. Brightside, Jerry Spinelli, the author of one of my childhood favorites Stargirl, said that “I have rarely rooted for anyone – fictional or real – more than I rooted for Abram and Juliette” and I was expecting to do so too because let’s face it, the synopsis of Finding Mr. Brightside sounds amazing, which is why I requested it in the first place. The problem is, 101 pages into the book later and I was still not rooting for Abram and Juliette to get together. In fact, I could care less about how their relationship was developing, the problems they were facing if they got together, and if they would ever get together. Their relationship held no spark for me.
I also felt absolutely no emotions throughout the book except for this one short moment where I was offended. Other people who’ll read Finding Mr. Brightside might not be offended when they get to the part I’m talking about nor would they recognize it, but for me, when I got up to that part, I was seriously debating whether or not I should finally DNF it. Awhile later, I finally chose to do so.
The only bright side to this book (did you see what I did there?) was that that the main character was addicted to prescription pills (I don’t count this as a spoiler as this was revealed in the first chapter of the book). That isn’t usually found in young adult books that aren’t considered issue books, so this fact surprised me. I wish something like this would appear more in young adult books that aren’t issue books.
Overall, Finding Mr. Brightside might be a good fit for other people, but it certainly isn’t the book for me.