Wednesday, 25 November 2015

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.
How to Be Brave
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How to Be Brave “The Do Everything Be Brave List
In no particular order
Dedicated to Diana Askeridis”

This was a really good coming-of-age story, and I really liked Georgia.

Georgia was a girl who I could relate to; she was overweight and unhappy, and not brave enough to wear an orange dress that she loved. She was bullied, and had to cope with that as well as the death of her mother, which was really sad.

“6. Learn how to draw, like Mom.”

The storyline in this was pretty good, with Georgia writing a bucket list of sorts, of things that she wanted to be brave enough to do, things that her mother would encourage her to do if she was still alive, and I thought it was done really well.

“7. Try out for Cheerleading”

There was some romance in this, and I liked it, even if we got a sort-of love triangle popping up at one point.

“13. Ask him out.
14. Kiss him.”

The ending to this was also good, and I was pleased with the way things worked out for Georgia.

“15. See what happens from there.”

7.5 out of 10

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