Review: How To Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

Posted November 3, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: How To Be Brave by E. Katherine KottarasHow to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
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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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was heartwarming and oh-so-very-beautiful.

I fell in love with the main character at first page, especially how she was trying to be strong even after her mother passed away. This is probably my favorite overweight book because I think that it did not EMPHASIZE on the fact that Georgia was not size two. Most books I read that address this issue always strongly points out how one should not lose weight, because one should love one’s body and all. No offense to those book, because I get it. But this book seems like a breather, away from the normal standard of what one might expect from this kind of book.

Georgia was just so funny, so cute, so charming and at times, so damn innocent, that half the time, I completely forgot that this book was HOW to be brave. Because to me, that’s what Georgia was. BRAVE. I love how she did not criticize herself over her weight, instead making it seem normal that she isn’t the normal American size. Or rather Greek, because that’s what she was. (I think?) But anyway, I definitely love how she made a list, and how in the end it was and wasn’t about the list. HEHE I don’t really know how to explain it.

Also, there were certain times in the book where poetry would pop out. (Were those called poetry?) Because to me, it seemed like I understood the feelings etched out on each poetry better than if it were to be written down in normal sentences. Especially the climax part where everything just became SUPER messed up. I definitely love that part, because I could feel the emotions, the guilt, the fear, the loss.

AAHH. I don’t know how to explain how much I definitely love this book. It was REALLY beautiful, and I hope you guys get to read it someday too.

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