The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

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 night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she...

Details The Brightsiders

TitleThe Brightsiders
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews The Brightsiders

  • emma
    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 that feel like someone is stabbing you above the eye? Yeah.But let’s talk about good stuff first.The main main main amazing triumphant life-changing world-turning Good T...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    Trigger warnings: Emotional manipulation, alcoholism, parental abuseJen 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 teenage rockstar, with an immense talent for the drums and with legions of fans from all over the world, there was an element of her that felt so real. Having had neglec...
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    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 ABUSEThe Brightsiders is a young-adult contemporary novel about a teen drummer, Emmy King, who is branded as the media's latest trainwreck.Wilde really outdid herself with this novel.An unapologetically queer nov...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    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 KS IT! Please pick it up! More thoughts to come, I’m just gonna cry for a bit now 🌈💜Pre-Read: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS YET? THIS SOUNDS LIKE A BOOK WRITTEN FOR ME!!!! I AM CRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    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
  • alexis
    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 proceed with caution if that's something you're concerned about. I haven't seen anyone talk about it, so I wanted to make sure to address it first and foremost. On one han...
  • Andrea
    Trigger warning: alcohol abuse, abusive parentsThe 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 Geek, it was no less amazing.This follows teen drummer Emmy King who is spiraling a bit. She’s about to turn 18, and gets caught for underage drinking, and her girlfri...
  • Morgane
    « 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 somehow fucking amazing. Last year I read Queens of Geek and it was definitely one of my favorite contemporary of 2017. So let’s say I was super excited to read this new b...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paperThis 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 diverse novel, and overall I had a great time reading it.One of my favorite parts of the book was the friendship between our main character and her band and friends. They we...
  • Kayla
    Can we talk about a how cool this book was?
  • USOM
    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 writing this review.full review:
  • Kari
    (Originally posted on my blog at WhatIsMuch!)Thank you to NetGalley and Swoon Reads for the ARC to read and review!You know how a lot of people are calling 2018 20GayTeen instead? If you don’t, now you know- 20GayTeen is real, as I’ll personally attest! That being said, The Brightsiders is a great contribution to the 20GayTeen hype, and although it wasn’t my favorite book ever, it was still wonderful in many ways.While reading The Brightsid...
  • Eri
    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 the book! But to convince you, bi girl, gender fluid character, non-binary character, a cute romance, fame, music, pride, a character that's literally trying to put...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    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 me to the point that I do things I don't want to do pretty often."I don't know why, maybe I'm just super insecure, but I have this intense need to be liked.  If someone do...
  • Anniek
    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 the main character throughout the book, and especially the ending felt a little too quickly wrapped up. This was a bit of a shame to me, because I did like the chara...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    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 way). Another character is genderqueer and talks about how he manages his social anxiety disorder. Buuuuut I especially loved how the story took the time to discuss m...
  • Amber
    So, funny story I accidentally read this in one sitting. I feel as though Jen Wilde has improved since Queens of Geek (even if I gave both books 4 stars). The story was fun, extremely diverse, and dealt with celebrity issues as well as regular life issues respectfully. I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however all opinions are my own.
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  • kelly {BookCrushin}
    Saw this book was announced today and added it to my TBR! hahaha! Give me all the queer contemporary...ALL OF IT! 8-2-17FINISHED 5/21/18: HOLY YES PLEASE! Everything I ever wanted to read in a queer ya rockstar romance!! This book is has me written all over it. I loved every page! Full review on the blog on 5/24/18!
  • aer
    I really wanted to like 'The Brightsiders' more but it just didn't seem realistic to me at all. The best part about this book was that nearly every character was queer and that's RAD. To read something that is gender inclusive and LGBTQ authentic is really refreshing, especially from a queer author. I just couldn't wrap my head around their band's timeline. If the group got famous two years prior to the novel's start and the characters are 17, it...
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    I utterly adored this book, I love how Jen Wilde writes these amazing characters with different orientations and nationalities, for example in The Brightsiders we meet a fabulous non binary character of colour, along with a genderqueer character, and some same sex couples, it’s brilliant and fabulous meeting all these characters and learning about their various comings out, and just seeing everyone celebrate their pride, it just makes me happ...
  • Elke (BEroyal)
    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/gay/lesbian/queer supporting characters, amongst who Ryan, the Korean-American bisexual third band member. Non-binary black femme best friend with they/them pronouns.Honestly...
  • Candyce Kirk
    4.5 starsI'm still not sure if this book is better than Queens of Geek, but it's definitely amazing. This book sucked me in from the start, because this author has an amazing way with words. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like Emmy. The partying type and Jessie (the girlfriend I knew would be trouble), who knew what to expect? The Brightsiders is a fun, but serious book. Emmy has a lot to deal with and it's not always easy. Parents who care m...
  • Christy
    In The Brightsiders, we meet Emmy, a girl who reminds you that you can do anything with the right confidence boost - purple lips and a kickass group of friends for her! Can relate. Just go right ahead and click the “want to read” button and then go order this from your fav bookstore.