I thought Brave Enough was a cute story. I liked the authors note at the end because it made the story more personal. Cason is a ballerina, it’s her life, and then she gets Bone cancer and her life as a ballerina just might be over. I was a dancer in high school, and dance was my life at the time. I loved the high I got from performing. The thrill of dancing for people and just the thrill of dancing in general, and I can’t imagine what I would have felt if I had been in a situation where I couldn’t dance anymore. So for me, I felt for Cason and really loved watching her throughout the story figure out what she was going to do next, and if she would still follow her dreams of dancing despite not having a left leg anymore.
Then there’s Davis. He had cancer as a kid and then fell into the wrong crowd. He wanted an easy fix and using drugs gave him an instant high, it made the pain go away. I really loved watching his struggle throughout the story. He wants to be free from the drugs and that life, but he craves a fix, thinking that if he could have just one more hit, everything would be better.
I thought Brave Enough talked about addiction and sickness (cancer) well. Though there wasn’t really a strong plot (I skimmed some of the ending of the book because there wasn’t much of a climax) I still enjoyed reading it. There were things I may have done differently had I written this story (and funny thing.. in high school I wrote a story about a girl who danced and had cancer) but I thought that Brave Enough was cute and reminded me that life happens from us, and not to us. And that even when we have crappy things happen in our lives, the past does not define us. We just have to be Brave Enough to leave the past behind and follow our dreams.
I gave Brave Enough 3/5 stars.
Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.
Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.
Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?”
Brave Enough by Kati Gardner
Publication date: August 21, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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