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How to Be Brave

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  467 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
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 b
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Rachael I was confused about that also. I had a hard time picturing Georgia as overweight because I pictured her like the girl on the cover.
Zachary ehhhh... the novel is somewhat explicit... some swear words are there, a bit of nudity, and that's it.

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Aimee (Aimee, Always)
The Contents of a Generic "Bucket List" Book How to Be Brave

1. A "damaged" or emotionally unstable heroine. At first, I kind of adored how Georgia was really pushing herself to think positively and to pull herself up--she was that way for the entirety of the book. She does a lot of body-shape shaming, though. She shames on both skinny girls and weighty girls. At some point I just wanted to shove myself into the book to tell her that no one's perfect!

2. "Quirky" best friends to join in the bucket
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

How to Be Brave is a book I was really looking forward to, because I’ve grown to love books that have to-do lists. They’re an easy way of implementing a fun plot and create character growth. Georgia, the main character in this novel, needs her to-do list as a way to start living, a promise she made on her mother’s deathbed. Try everything, do everything, and live your life. That’s the tagline for Georgia’s Live Life list, which includes things such as “get high”, “go skinny-dipping”, “j
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
How To Be Brave is a heart-warming debut that tackles down what normal teenagers face nowadays: insecurities, bullying, but most of all this is a book about self-discovery and finding the courage to speak out, stand out and do shit you thought you'd never, no chance in hell, would ever do. Like sky-diving from a plane, for example.

I mostly avoid contemporary because most of the time, the books in the genre captured reality so well that it scares me. I love being ignorant, see. And the idea
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.)

“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, wh
E. Kottaras
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My father passed away when I was seventeen, and my mother passed away when I was thirty. My daughter was ten months old when my mother died, and I found myself sandwiched between the death of my best friend and the presence of this new life. It was a dark and confusing time – I wanted to drown in my grief but also knew I had to keep myself afloat for the sake of my new baby. That’s when I turned to writing. On my darkest days, my husband would tell me t
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-all

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
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Wow, you are annoying.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ugly-cry, ya

After Georgia's mom dies - she creates a list of ways to be brave. There are things she's always been afraid to do but decides it's time to start taking some chances. When her list leads her into situations she wasn't expecting, Georgia finds out how strong she is and how brave she really is.

This was such an emotional YA story. There are so many issues addressed in this book from bullying, suicide, death and drugs. I knew this was an emotional book going into it, just from reading the descri
Copy received through NetGalley.

Review on my blog illbefinealonereads

Update (Sept. 4th 2016): For some reason I have only put the link to the review (why am I lying with 'some reason', I used to do this at the beginning), so here is the review I wrote then:

Laced with interesting poems, colorful characters, and a story like you haven’t read before, How to Be Brave is the next big YA book. I expect you all to include it on your to-read list. You’re going to love Georgia’s journey towards self-co
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It takes courage to become an adult. You have to be brave in order to survive the teenage years but we all grow up at some point, right? In this book, we follow Georgia’s struggling journey to adulthood.

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E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true.

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“But being brave isn't about living every minute exhilarated. It's about waking up and knowing that despite the worry and the sadness and the deep, dark fear, you're going to go forth anyway. That you're going to try anyway. That you have a choice, and you're going to choose to live, today, bravely.” 2 likes
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