Book Review: Brave Enough (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Brave Enough
Series: Standalone
Published by: North Star Editions
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?”

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Favorite Quote

“That he had been chosen for this honor despite being an addict helped him realize that his addiction didn’t define him. It was just one of his layers.”


Wow. Can we talk about this cover? Absolutely gorgeous. It was one of the reasons I decided to request this book. Well, that and the synopsis sounded pretty good! I love the white color and the water colors! It’s gorgeous.

I was a little bit shocked when I found out what the story was really about it. The book involves two different heavy topics. Although I appreciated reading about Cason and Davis’s stories, I found it hard to deal with two different heavy topics in one book. For me personally, it was a little hard to read about Cason’s life then switch over to Davis and his addiction and overcoming it. However, I did like how Kati intertwined their stories and showed the readers that the characters each come from very different backgrounds but yet the same. (I’d explain that better but I don’t want to spoil the book because it’s not mentioned in the synopsis).

The beginning of that book had me hooked. I wasn’t a fan of the immediate flirting between Cason and Davis. It felt a little instalovey for me. I wanted to learn about their own story and their own background. I found it hard to connect with the characters because the chapters were pretty short. I wanted the relationship between Cason and Davis to develop a little bit better because the book mentioned that the characters didn’t talk to each other prior to meeting.

I found myself rooting for the characters. I wanted to see them succeed. I wanted them to be happy, be brave, be a survivor of their own demons. Cason’s mom mad me extremely angry in the beginning of the book but as the story went on, I found myself having a soft spot for her.

I thought the writing was simple and easy to read. The pacing was really well. Personally, I didn’t find myself getting bored at all while reading. I think my only critic was that Davis said how much he wanted to use a lot. It almost felt like the word because really repetitive.

Overall, I thought this was a really great read. The theme I took from the book was that even if something unexpected happens in life or we’re dealt the wrong cards, we still have the ability to overcome it. We just have to set our minds to it. It was pretty empowering to read. I really recommend this book! Not just for the cover, but for the themes in the story as well!


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Brave Enough (ARC)”

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this book myself! I love books about dancers – especially ballerinas ( even if they’re reluctant ballerinas ). 😁 I can’t wait until Brave Enough comes out. Great review! ❤️


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