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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How To Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave - all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do - including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most - and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined. @goodreads


https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1352459757                  4 STARS

This was a very sweet young adult novel. Georgia doesn't want to go back to school. It's her senior year, her mom died just a few months ago, she's over weight and picked on, so she just isn't looking forward to dealing with these things so soon after her mother's death.

She has a best friend named Liss that has her back and takes up for her when she is bullied.


I love Georgia's character though because even though all of this is going on, she is so full of snark and easy for me to like. Georgia's mother died at the young age of 56, she had diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure which all turned into sepsis from an infected tube and killed her. She is so sad that her mom is gone, which anyone would be, but she is mad at her too for not taking care of herself. You can read more about that in the book. Georgia had her mother write her a letter before she died and in this letter she told Georgia to try everything, to basically live life to the fullest. This urges Georgia to make a bucket list so to speak. She has a few normal things on there and a few, there is no way in God's green earth I would do, on there.

So, Georgia and Liss start doing things off the list that can be done with a friend. While doing one of these things they meet a girl named Evelyn. I was mad at Georgia when she first saw Evelyn because she made a derogatory remark about her. I mean if you don't like people doing it to you, then don't do it to other people. But, they all ended up becoming best friends.

Georgia also has a love interest named Daniel. She wants to ask him out but is scared. They have art together. Georgia took after her mom with her artistic flare. I won't tell you what ensued between Daniel and Georgia.

There are a lot of rough things happen in the book. Issues come out with Georgia and her dad who is Greek and they own a restaurant. The things that come out with her father are not so bad though. But the things that happen with Liss, Daniel and Evelyn are a bit rough for a time.

This is a journey a young girl has to make in life without her mother there. There are a lot of funny things going on in the book that made me laugh and that's a good thing. We all need to laugh sometimes, even Georgia. There are parts in the book that Georgia is talking to her mother, almost like writing letters in her head. They were very sweet and sad.

Overall, I loved the book. I thought it was an endearing young adult novel. 


**I would like to thank NETGALLEY and ST. MARTIN'S PRESS for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.**



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