The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

Have you ever wanted to be someone else? The Bright Side of Going Dark is a touching story about the dark side of social media. The main characters, Mia and Paige, are both trying to be someone they really aren’t. This book tackles hard-to-discuss topics like suicide, depression, and asocial behaviors.

However, it is a bit predictable. You will most likely know what’s about to happen next. I think it’s an extremely read-worth book, but it depends on whether you personally enjoy predictable storylines. I don’t mind them. They’re relaxing.  And what wasn’t predictable is how much I enjoyed this book. It was easy to connect to, witty, and just a good book overall.

Back of Book Summary

From the bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler comes a fresh, funny, and thoughtful story about going off the grid in order to truly live.

As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years. With her celebrity dog and gorgeous fiancé, she is planning the ultimate virtual wedding—expensive, elaborate, and entirely paid for by sponsors. But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change.

Mia’s sudden absence doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by techie loner Paige Miller, who hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity. Paige has her reasons. Her half sister, Jessica, idolizes Mia and desperately needs something to believe in. If taking over Mia’s online persona is Paige’s only means of connecting to her sister, so be it.

Creating a like-worthy life is more fun than Paige expected. But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them. Because somewhere amid the chaos is an invaluable lesson—one that only real life can teach.

Is it read-worth? Yes! And, more than that, I’m excited to check out more books by Kelly Harms.