Matthew Landis's Reviews > Braced
Matthew Landis's review
Sep 16, 2016
Gerber nails the this-can't-be-happening-reality that would beset any kid faced with wearing a back brace as they entered 7th grade. The tension in this book between Rachel and her mom—whose own scoliosis history lies central to the story—is spot on, as his Gerber's presentation of the flimsy, confusing nature of adolescent romance that TV so often boils down (incorrectly) to "She likes him and he likes her and it's all going to be perfect." Young adults looking to overcome trials will find Rachel's journey encouraging but authentic; Gerber makes clear that the the road from crisis to solution is not always a direct, straight line, but a bending curve requiring grit and friendship. BRACED would make a fine addition to any middle school library.
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September 10, 2016 – Started Reading
September 16, 2016 – Shelved
September 16, 2016 – Finished Reading