Drama

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

I have a slew of posts coming up because I spent a day or two wrapping up multiple books I was simultaneously reading! Previously, every time I said this, I ended up not sticking to it but this time around I am trying to make this declaration to hold myself accountable and follow through. Some of them triggered good emotions and I want to capitalize off of them to write better reviews than the ones I vapidly wrote in the past month or so.

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This was an audiobook that I listened to during numerous cycling trips up and down errands. There was one thing that stuck out to me throughout the experience. I did not personally like the narrator for this book. She was great at voicing and emoting the main character, but even when others spoke, there was not much variation (something which I have become accustomed to when listening to a few other books). It is not a must since the chapters are alternatively told from the point of view of two women, it makes sense to have them tell us (the readers/listeners) what the other characters are contributing, but it was a personal want that I missed in it. I did get a smile on my face every time Dawn Brightside quickly points out that her last name was one word. It was said so matter-of-factly that it did not bother me that it was mentioned a lot. None of what I said in this paragraph should prevent anyone else from picking up the audiobook if they find the blurb interesting enough.


Dawn Brightside starts off as an exciting character who morphs into an annoying one and finally when all is said and done, and revelations are wrapped up a likeable one! Halfway through I was struggling with it and was unsure if I would finish. I stuck with it because it dealt with a significant social issue and how people are rising up to the challenge. After the halfway mark, something subtly shifts, and it made it worth seeing my way through to the end. All the annoying bits coalesced to a meaningful ending, something that does not happen often.
The story is of two women on either side of the caregiving role with similar agenda but with varying degrees of confidence. They also have identical principles for the most part. I would recommend this to readers of the genre with the warning that the issues are handled with tact, but some involve pretty harrowing episodes.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC of the audiobook thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own listening experience.

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