Review | How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

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Review | How to Be Brave by E. Katherine KottarasHow to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 3rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: The Publicist
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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 –

  1. Do something spontaneous
  2. Try that new haircut that you’ve wanted but have been too scared to get
  3. Jump out of a plane
  4. Take scuba diving lessons
  5. Be Free


That’s my list. Small, but significant. Of course, there are many other things I could – and want – to add that will take a serious amount of bravery to try.

How to Be Brave is a whirlwind of emotions packed into the pages. It’s the story of a girl trying to live with the pain of her mother’s death and all the added emotions along with it. She is insecure, angry but has so much heart. While there were times when she was judgmental and harsh, her voice is refreshing and realistic. I also love the romance. It’s very small, but significant. It never overwhelms the plot.

I loved the poetic verses at the end of each chapter. Some where memories from when Georgia’s mother was alive, other’s were of current events. Her writing is so lovely and easy to read but left that emotional punch that sticks. Considering this is her debut – speaks for itself.

How to Be Brave is one of those precious gems that will hold a special place in my heart. It’s heartbreaking, uplifting and just all around an emotional book. I highly recommend it!





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  • Have you read How to Be Brave? If so, what did you think?
  • Name one thing on your “How to be Brave” list.

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