Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Brave Enough follows two teens, Cason Martin and Davis Channing. Cason is a dancer who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Cason was auditioning in front of the American Ballet Theatre when her leg gave out because she had a tumor. Davis is a survivor of cancer and is recovering from a drug addiction.
The first thing I have to say is, HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER?? It is officially my favorite cover ever.
“When I was a teenager and reading every book I could get my hands on, I was desperate for a girl that looked like me. For a girl who had cancer and lived. And it was really hard to come by. So, I wrote one.” – Kati Gardner
I haven’t read a book that deals with cancer other than The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (believe me, I checked) and not a SINGLE book that deals with the recovery of drug addiction. That made this book that much more powerful.
Cason’s journey feels realistic. She has lost the one thing that means the most to her—dance. Her mother, a dance director, thinks her diagnosis is an “inconvenience.” She’s an annoying character, but she gets her redemption. Her voice feels real—selfish, like a teenager is. She makes friends, goes to Camp Chemo (which was also inspired by a camp that the author went to), and overall, I enjoyed reading about her.
Davis is my favorite out of the two. He struggles throughout the whole book, and all I wanted to do while reading was give him a hug. He kept on wanting to relapse, but he fought through it like a champ. His journey to the end wasn’t easy, with his ex and drug dealer constantly coming back, trying to get him to do drugs again.
I appreciated how the struggle of trying to stay sober was shown. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, that once you decide to quit, that’s it. Every day is a battle, and you have to keep fighting or else you’ll get sucked back in.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading about Cason and Davis’s story and learning about cancer and drug addiction. The romance was cute, and I was glad that it wasn’t the main focus. I’d definitely recommend this, especially to younger teens. I feel like they’d enjoy it more.
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