Brave Girl, Quiet Girl
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a gripping and emotional novel about friendship, motherhood, and the journey toward finding a place to call home.
Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her mother, and holding tight to the one thing that matters most: her two-year-old daughter, Etta. Then, in a matter of second...more
I have been slumpish in my reading the last several months, taking 10-17 days to read one book instead of the usual 4-5 days. It seems all the info out there on the Trump impeachment and the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn me in more tha ...more
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An insightful, moving, and thought-provoking read.
I loved it!
39-year-old, Brooke Hollister is finding it hard living with her mother again. However, since her divorce, money has been tight leaving her with very few options. Brooke is tired after work, but she doesn't want to hear her mother harp at her all night so she decides to take her two-year-old daughter, Etta to the movies. They are on their way home after the movie, ...more
I pounced on this due to author recognition. One of my favorite books of 2019 was her beautiful story Stay. This offering isn't quite as good as that 5 Star read, but was enjoyable nonetheless.
The book takes place in Los Angeles. A divorcee named Brooke has a sweet, intelligent and adorable two year-old daughter named Etta. They are currently living at Brooke's mother's house due to lack of funds in the wake of her divorce. Sadly, Brooke's mother has few redeeming quali ...more
Once again, Catherine Ryan Hyde has knocked it out of the park! I have only read a handful of her books, but I’m obsessed with them. She never disappoints.
This story is about two women - strangers - who meet under scary circumstances with one thing in common: their love for a little girl named Etta. What transpires is an unlikely bond between these three people that you will not soon forget.
What I love about Hyde’s books are that they always relatable, always ha ...more
Homeless teenager Molly is living in a crate on the streets of LA after being thrown out of home by her religious family in Utah. Her world collides with that of single mother Brooke when she finds Brooke's two year old daughter Etta dumped on the street after Brooke's car was stolen with Etta inside. Brooke is recently divorced and ba ...more
I had Etta strapped into her car seat, still snoring like a miniature soprano buzz saw. I was sitting in the driver's seat of my mom's Mercedes, trying to get my own belt done. Sounds easy enough, but I was wearing a big, long sweater, and the folds of it kept getting in the way.
I go back to this moment a lot.
It wasn't much of a struggle before I gave up. It wasn't that frustrating. Which makes it even harder to explain after the fact. ...more
Single mother, Brooke watches in horror as her mother's car is hijacked with her two year old daughter, Etta, trapped inside. When teen runaway, Molly finds Etta abandoned in a LA alley, she takes the little girl under her protection. Soon Molly is able to make contact with police, but Brooke finds herself unexpectedly taking interest in her daughter's rescuer. It's a tale filled with a fo ...more
I'm rapidly learning there's something truly lovely about Catherine Ryan Hyde's novels, and Brave Girl, Quiet Girl was no exception. Since discovering her work I've noticed she doesn't shy away from contentious issues but she takes them on in an expert and engaging manner. Her characters are so very realistic and I love the way she uses them to make me question my own morals and behaviours.
The two main characters are Brooke and Molly and their alternating perspectives bring the s ...more
I am always excited to read anything that Catherine Ryan Hyde writes. She tackles real-life issues with pathos and charm. She brings her characters to life in relatable ways. Her latest book follows the same vein as prior her books, but sadly, it fell just a tad short of previous books for me. It was a good story, but not as emotionally impactful as some of her other works.
Brooke and Molly tell this book in alternating storylines. Brooke is i ...more
Brave Girl, Quiet Girl deals with relationships and how two persons, not blood related and complete strangers to each other, can gradually build a bond of love and respect with each other that turns out to be more stronger and accepting than they ever shared with their own blood family and in the proc ...more
Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her unhappy and very negative mother. Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked. Helpless and terrified, all Brooke can do is watch as her two year old daughter, Etta, still strapped in her car seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night.
Molly had been kick out of her parents home and has barely surviving on the street of LA She is stunned to find ...more
The story took place in Los Angeles, California. Brooke, a thirty-nine year old divorced mother, and her two year old daughter, Etta, were living in Brooke's moth ...more
The story opens with Etta, a little girl, stolen in a car jacking. She is then abandoned on a street, in a sketchy area, still in her car seat. Found by Molly, a homeless teenager, she protects Etta from harm until it is safe to take her to the police where she is returned to Brooke, Etta's frantic mother.
The story focuses on the struggles of living on the street, as well as the relationship between Molly an ...more
Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is a novel by American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. It happens in seconds. Brooke is driving home in her mother’s late-model BMW when a balaclava’d man drags her out of the car and drives off with Etta, ...more
Brooke is a stressed out single mother doing a low wage job, who has been forced to return to her difficult mother’s house to save money. Driving home from a movie, she is car-jacked and thrown from it, watching in despair as her two year old daughter Ett ...more
Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is a touching story about two very different, strong women. If I were to classify this novel, I would explain that it is partly a coming of age book combined with a light thriller or suspense novel. Truly though, it is much more than that. Two characters who each share their own point of view that are connected from one senseless night.
Brooke is a single mom running an errand with her cute little daughter, Etta. Her car is taken along with h ...more
In this book a single mother, Brooke takes her daughter, Etta, to the movies and she was the victim of a carjacking. Brooke was thrown from the car, but the attacker drove off with Etta still strapped in her carseat. Brooke is shattered as she watches the car drive away with her baby.
Molly, a homeless teenager, finds the car ...more
Things have gone from bad to worse for Brooke, she’s divorced, back living with her awful mother and struggling to make ends meet. Her two-year-old daughter Etta is amazing, and Brooke is trying to get ahead to make a better world for them. One night on the way back from a movie, Brooke’s car is carjacked with Etta in the backseat! I think every parent has worried about this at some point.
Brooke’s whole world is turned upside down as time goes by with no word on Etta’s ...more
This emotional story begins when a car carrying mother and child is hijacked. Brooke, the mother, is thrown out and the car speeds away with Brooke’s toddler Etta still in the back seat. A homeless girl named Molly finds Etta out on the street late the same night still strapped into her car seat. Molly shelters Etta in a makeshift cardboard home which happens to be in the same neighborhood in whi ...more
It starts out pretty exciting with a child abduction, rescue, and reunion. That is where is starts to just drag. It seems like it takes a really long time for anything to happen and when it does it is very predictable. It was a book that I just wanted to get done with so I could go on to another one.
I don't want to give away anything so I will just tell you this: Brooke is a single divorced mom, mother of a two year girl named Etta, and living with her mother. Brooke is struggling to get by, while trying to save to get her own place. Molly is a homeless teen, just trying to get through each day on the street. On the way home from a movie with her daughter Brooke is brutally hijacked and the next thing you know she is looking at the taillight ...more
Expected publication date: May 19, 2020
Brooke is recently divorced, and has moved back in with her mother and her two year old daughter, Etta. Although the relationship with her mother is strained at best, Brooke is doing the best she can to ensure her beloved daughter has a stable life. One day Brooke is carjacked, and she watches the carjacker drive away—with Et ...more
As a single mom of 3 teens I know the personal struggles of being on constant watch and never looking away for even a second as it only takes a SECOND!
This was the nightmare that happened to this divorced single mom in which her two yo was gone in a flash!
Now she spends all her time thinking of ETTA and where she might be and whether or not she's still alive.
HOPE is all she's holding on too when a ...more
This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat for a couple of chapters. I could really feel the urgency, fear, and helplessness of Brooke when she lost trace of her child after the carjacking. I can't even imagine how a parent would feel after such a traumatic experience. Etta was very lucky that she was found by Molly, a homeless teen, rather than someone who would hurt or use her in any way. Molly did everything in her power to ...more
One night after a spat with her Mom, she takes Etta out, and the unthinkable happens. She finds herself the victim of carjacked at a stoplight. Only before she cries out, the thief takes off with Etta still in her car seat. A sixteen-year-old homeless girl named Molly finds Etta abandoned on the side ...more
Having a bit of difficulty rating the book as a whole, I gave it *5 star * for only "Subject/ Topic then I dismissed it.
Out of nowhere this morning, the book flew back in my head, prodding me to dissect it a little more to finish my rating.
The synopsis of the book is very telling; no need to repeat it.
Within each book Catherine Ryan Hyde authors, I recognize a sensitivity through underlying words speaking messages w ...more
I'm an avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, and have released my fir ...more