Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: How to be Brave

How to Be Brave 
Author: E. Katherine Kottaras
Release date: November 3, 2016
Published by: St. Martins Griffin 
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Georgia lost her mom four months ago, and as she moves forward into her senior year, she decides to follow through on the suggestion her dying mother left her: live life and live it bravely. With this, Georgia, along with her friend Liss, creates a list of things she's been too shy, too quiet, too scared to do before now, including try out for cheerleading. Senior year is going to be interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Georgia's story. I wanted to shake her a couple times as she uses questionable means to escape her grief under the guise of living life bravely. That's why for me this story was more about a person who is going through the grieving process than someone trying to fulfill a bucket-type list. She's at that point where it's been long enough that, while people know she's experienced a tragedy, they've moved on with life and left her with the feeling that she should be moving on, too, and yet she can't. She's still lost, sad, angry, and a whole host of other feelings that go along with death.

I would recommend this because I appreciated Georgia's honest journey with all its bumps and bruises. Plus, Georgia has spunk and spirit that comes out strong in the end as she learns to be who she is and accept that that's okay...even great, maybe :)

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