The Bright Side of Darkness

J. E. Pinto 1339880112187


1980s & '90s

J. E. Pinto

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What is a family? For Rick Myers, a despondent seventeen-year-old who has just lost his parents in a car wreck, it’s the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, the “crew” is all he has. At least, he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she's often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself. But when the dark side of Daisy's past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick's resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is touched by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually, through him, to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges. "The Bright Side of Darkness" is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.


Drama, Young Adult

Short Summary

Rick Myers and his lifelong friends, who have only each other to count on, are at a high school baseball game. They meet Daisy, a self-assured blind runaway. Rick takes Daisy under his wing.


small fictitious Texas city, slums of Seattle

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist, Coming of Age, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Rick Myers

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Engaging, Unapologetic, Perseverance, Underdog, Uneducated, Empathetic, Flexible, Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Daisy Bettencourt

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Religious, Underdog, Unapologetic, Visionary, Outspoken, Adventurous, Beautiful

Additional Character Details

Name: Tim Bennett

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Blunt, Criminal, Desperate, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Uneducated, Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Walter Mills

Age: 62

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex, Gracious, Leader, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Educated, Faithful, Modest, Skillful, Visionary, Decisive, Empathetic, Honorable, Religious, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Confident, Perseverance

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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