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Braced by Alyson Gerber
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it was amazing
bookshelves: body, sports, read-harder, middle-grade, fiction, ebook, 2017, favorites, reviewed, galley

It's about time we got a modern scoliosis story. (Sorry, Judy Blume. I love you and Deenie, but times have changed.)

Rachel Brooks just started seventh grade and has to wear a back brace. As she figures out how to function with a big, awkward turtle shell, she also deals with normal teenager things like friends and boys and soccer and dances. And bullying. Her mom went through the same thing at her age — and had surgery for it — and the "You're so lucky; I had it so much worse" grates on Rachel. The brace makes common things more difficult, but it also helps her deal with her problems head-on. Just because her torso is in a shell doesn't mean the rest of her needs to be covered up. She stands up for herself and kicks ass on the soccer field.

Braced brought back so many memories I didn't know were still locked away in my brain about my time as a 13-year-old with new metal in her spine and a plaster brace to keep her safe. It's the perfect portrayal of this twisty-turny time so many teenage girls go through.

From The Best Books We Read in March 2017 at Book Riot.
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Reading Progress

February 14, 2017 – Shelved
February 14, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
March 9, 2017 – Started Reading
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: body
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: sports
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: read-harder
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: middle-grade
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
March 9, 2017 – Shelved as: ebook
March 12, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
March 12, 2017 – Shelved as: favorites
March 12, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed
June 12, 2018 – Shelved as: galley

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