The bright siders

Jen Wilde

Book - 2018

Lambasted in the tabloids after a night of reckless partying, bisexual teen drummer Emmy King turns to her friends for support and evaluates the wisdom of getting romantically involved with her bandmate Alfie, which may trigger another scandal.

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Published
New York : Swoon Reads 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
297 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781250189714
1250189713
Main Author
Jen Wilde (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Emmy King is a rock star with the hit band the Brightsiders. But fame comes with a price, and when the paparazzi capture Emmy's perfect storm of a bad relationship, underage drinking, and a car crash, she's the latest celebrity scandal. Luckily Emmy's friends are there to help her pick up the pieces. But when her friendship with bandmate Alfie starts to turn into something more, Emmy worries she's headed for another disaster. A diverse cast of characters who are supportive and caring provide opportunities to discuss topics like sexuality, abuse, and alcoholism in ways that work naturally with the plot. As the story progresses, Emmy deals with self-doubt and learns to believe in herself; and therapy and medication are positively portrayed as treatments for characters dealing with mental illness. Wilde (Queens of Geek, 2017) exchanges fandom for music here, but the characters and relationships she creates are every bit as strong. A recommended purchase, especially for collections looking for LGBTQ titles that aren't heavy-handed. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Set in the fast pace of Hollywood, rockstar drummer Emmy King, 17, just can't seem to get it right. Always caught up in drama with her parents and friends, the paparazzi have a field day when Emmy ends up in the hospital after a hard night of underage drinking. A few months later she is on stage and coming out as a bisexual. She eventually falls for Alfie, her irresistible, genderfluid band mate, which leads to a relationship that is physically mature. Emma is a complex, multifaceted character who doesn't always make the right decisions, but she proves that relationships can be complicated regardless of one's sexuality. The author adeptly captures the essence and confusion that young people may go through when trying to figure out their identities. This inclusive romance features multiple LGBTQ+ protagonists, including a nonbinary character who uses the pronouns they/them. The frankness and details of Emmy's sexual experiences make this a better choice for older readers. VERDICT Perfect for collections seeking high drama and romance.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Labeled a tabloid pariah after a night of reckless partying, bisexual teen drummer Emmy King turns to her friends for support and evaluates the wisdom of getting romantically involved with swoon-worthy bandmate Alfie, at the risk of triggering another scandal. By the author of Queens of Geek. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck. Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?Jen Wilde, author of Queens of Geek, which Seventeen called, “the geeky, queer book of our dreams” is back with a brand new cast of highly diverse and relatable characters for her fans to fall in love with.Praise for Queens of Geek:"The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue"This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle"This celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal