- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4551 KB
- Print Length: 341 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (12 May 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WNHLD4Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 8 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Bright Side of Going Dark Kindle Edition
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About the Author
@Kelly.Harms is the #1 bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and other novels, and she's celebrating (bemoaning?) two decades working in the publishing business this year. Kelly lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her excellent kid, her loving Irishman, and her fluffy dog. She enjoys hiking, sailing, beaching, and losing at euchre. She also loves talking to readers in person and virtually, and she can be found at www.kellyharms.com.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
"Refreshingly, each character is a true-to-life individual with complicated emotions and unique voices. A surprisingly easy read containing a little romance, a lot of personal growth, and an honest look at weighty topics." --Kirkus Reviews
"Witty, lively, and au courant, The Bright Side of Going Dark will make readers think twice about refreshing Instagram for the tenth time today. Tackling thornier questions of mental health and the toll of constant comparison, this will appeal to fans of Meg Wolitzer and Elin Hilderbrand, who'll adore the intertwining lives of Mia, her followers, and those they encounter IRL." --Booklist (starred review)
"The Bright Side of Going Dark is about so much more than the moral quandary of screen time. It's about grief and loss and anxiety. It's about mothers and daughters--more anxiety--and about second and third chances. The Bright Side of Going Dark is as dark as it is bright, [and] full of humanity: mobile devices, warts, and all." --BookTrib
"Even casual users knows how absurd and unrealistic social media can be--yet keep logging on day after day. Kelly Harms takes this dichotomy to new heights in a clever and unputdownable story of two women whose so-called online lives collide IRL. I laughed, I cried, I came away from the experience with a newfound appreciation for life--which is to say The Bright Side of Going Dark is everything I'd hope for in a Kelly Harms novel, and more. I loved every page." --Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I'm Fine and Neither Are You
"Kelly Harms has once again knocked it out of the park with this charming, funny, topical novel about an online influencer who undergoes an unexpected transformation. I honestly had to put my whole life on hold while I read it--laughing and sighing through the clever twists and turns of this plot. Who among us hasn't wondered what it takes to be a person who posts photographs fifty times a day? You'll fall in love with @Mia&Mike as well as the whole cast of wonderful characters. A novel that shines with surprise--and will make you want to turn off your phone and go play with your dog." --Maddie Dawson, Washington Post bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Main character #1, is Mia Bell, the enviable 'influencer' whose life suddenly goes belly-up. Main character #2, is Paige Miller who supplies the curveball which centres around Mia's social media accounts. Without realising the effects of her meddling, Paige causes a domino effect and bites off much more than she can chew. Mayhem!
Kelly Harms writes in an intelligent, communicative and insightful way. She's articulate and wraps everything up in humour, making some serious and emotional issues more palatable. I can't help thinking that this book is more important than just an entertaining poke at social media. Kelly exposes several associated factors including: fake lives and unbelievable life experiences, all expressed at high excitement levels and using hyper superlatives (yes, even superlatives have been ratcheted up) all to convince others that we are happy and not a loser. Social Influencers are tied, even more into this behaviour, because it's their livelihood and they mix in a competitive environment.
Kelly Harms nails it! A worthy 5 stars.
Please excuse the following ramblings and read on only if you want.
While reading TBSoGD -
*** my evil, observer side decided against warning a fellow walker (who had her eyes glued to her phone) when it was obvious she was headed toward a puddle of water. Yes, she walked straight into it. Her automated reaction: barely an eye flicker, a step to the side and continue on as before. Amazing!
*** bewildered by a recent 'influencer meltdown', my husband (think several shades of Billy Connolly) struggled to understand: a) what an influencer is; and b) why people could possibly be inflenced by one. Hilarious!
*** Sadly, a workmate was hospitalised for severe depression (one of many times), yet her Facebook account shows a completely carefree, happy, well travelled, well loved, spend up big etc. individual (most posts are contrived for her multitude of followers and to boost her ego). Sad! Like watching a car about to crash and having no power to stop it.
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Kelly Harms has written one of the most incredible books in The Bright Side of Going Dark! I was inclined to like this book anyway because I really enjoyed The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, but to say I loved it is an understatement. This book is so much beyond the blurb on the book jacket. It’s honestly difficult to discuss without giving away too much. Harms does an artful job talking about some very heavy and weighty issues like mental health, relationships, suicide, and death, but also joy, love, and finding your voice and footing in the world. She is able to strike the balance for joy and sorrow and good and bad in a way that it feels real. I related to a number of things in the book especially the weight of grief not just when we lose our people, but when we lose our animals. I enjoyed this so much that even though I had a copy I still pre-ordered the ebook and then bought the audible version too.