I am thrilled to be a part of the official Blog Tour for E. Katherine Kottaras’ novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE. this book, you guys…it’s one every teen should read. I loved every single page. But- I’m getting ahead of myself. Sit back and read all about this wonderful book, including my own gushing review!
About HOW TO BE BRAVE:
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 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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I read a lot- like a ton of books, all of the time. And every so often one comes along and sneaks up on me, really makes me think, and brings out all sorts of emotions that I wasn’t expecting. That’s so much this book. I received a review copy from St. Martin’s Press and signed up to participate in the blog tour, not having any idea what to expect, save for the really intriguing blurb. But- contemporary young adult literature is sort of in my wheelhouse, so I dug in.
And oh my goodness- I was blown away. Katherine Kottaras has created a cast of characters so important- so real- and so wonderful. I mean, like every single one. Of course there’s Georgia, the main character, who is fumbling her way through life after losing her mother and is just trying to do what her mother couldn’t- which is essentially trying to be the bravest person she can be. But then there’s her best friend Liss, and their new friend Evelyn, and Daniel, and Georgia’s amazing, clueless father. And don’t even get me started on how much I love Mr. Marquez. These are all incredibly real and amazing characters that I just fell in love with while reading this book.
Then there’s the entire spectrum of emotion that I went through while reading. I cried several times out of sheer sadness, but then I cried again with joy. This book had me all sorts of emotional. It absolutely captures that feeling of being in high school and not knowing where you’re going or what you’re doing, but knowing that every move you make is so super important to you right this very minute. As Georgia goes through her list, she processes not only her grief, but also realizes who she is, and her journey is exhilarating.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful this novel is. Get it, read it, and feel transformed. I think teens will absolutely love Georgia and her friends. there’s just so much to love about this book!
About the Author:
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 at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She now lives in Los Angeles where she’s hard at work on her next book.