Finding Mr. Brightside – Jay Clark

Synopsis

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.

Review

…And here we have a quirky one. Finding Mr. Brightside was melodramatic in an ironic way. The characters were witty and self-aware, which somehow made Abram and Juliette less annoying and angsty. They had a ton of ISSUES, but somehow worked through everything and came out finding happiness. The reasoning behind the title still eludes me, though. I didn’t see a single reference to The Killers!

Some parts of this story were really screwed up. I don’t know why these two people were so drawn to each other. I’ve always subscribed to the belief that you need to make yourself a better person to attract good people, but this story shows the exact opposite. Their general negativity and aloofness could be annoying at times. Juliette was definitely insecure. And Abram was too much of a doormat. Insta-love is definitely a pet peeve of mine.

Somehow, certain phrasing, situational awareness, and situational irony still managed to shine brightly. These gems kept the story 1000x more interesting. Imagine, without such quality writing, this story would be completely about a self-absorbed couple. I can only shudder at the thought.

Related Reading

  • A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall
  • The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Infinite Moment of Us – Lauren Myracle

Rating: 3/5

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