Brave Enough by Kati Gardner *Mini Review*

Brave EnoughTeenager 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?””

I really enjoyed reading this book. I have been reading over the past couple of months, because my personal life got in the way. But it really was a great book. This book shows the struggle of having to deal with chemo therapy and just changing your life in general because of cancer. And it also shows how a struggle it is to stay clean after being addicted to drugs.

I really enjoyed the main characters you follow in this books. They are both very realistic and have their flaws. You see them struggling with themselves, their situation and their future. My personal favorite was Cason.

At first I didn’t like Cason’s mother at all. But she grew on me and the book progresses. In the end I really admired how she was handling the situation and how she had grown as a character and as a mother. She went from a stern teacher to a loving mother with Cason and I loved watching the transition.

It was only after I had finished reading the book that I read the Author’s Note where the author talks about how Cason is created from her own experience. The author was eight years old when this happened to her but she was not a ballerina. She did went to camp as Cason did and overall I loved the story more after reading where her inspiration came from.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for a contemporary about a ballerina getting cancer and dealing with it. It has light moments and it has heavy moments, but overall it was a wonderful story to read.

I gave Brave Enough a 4/5 stars.

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