Brave Enough

Brave Enough

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 Channin...

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Title:Brave Enough
Author:Kati Gardner
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Brave Enough Reviews

  • jv poore

    Cason Martin is not a typical high-school student. She attends—half-days and classes only. Isolating, yet unavoidable. As prima ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory properly preparing to audition for the American Ballet Theatre, she only has time to dance. This plan has been in place for as long as Cason can remember. No distractions allowed—certainly not this nagging pain in her knee.

    Everything changes in an instant when Cason learns that she won’t be pampering a pulled muscle. The inj

    Cason Martin is not a typical high-school student. She attends—half-days and classes only. Isolating, yet unavoidable. As prima ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory properly preparing to audition for the American Ballet Theatre, she only has time to dance. This plan has been in place for as long as Cason can remember. No distractions allowed—certainly not this nagging pain in her knee.

    Everything changes in an instant when Cason learns that she won’t be pampering a pulled muscle. The injury, in fact, is a much bigger deal.

    Natalie Martin probably wouldn’t be a warm-and-fuzzy maternal figure even if she wasn’t Cason’s artistic director first, single-parent second. Nonetheless, her assessment of her daughter’s diagnosis as an inconvenient time-burglar is almost stunning. Cason isn’t necessarily surprised by her mom’s reaction, but she can’t help being disappointed and frustrated.

    Maybe she can’t count on her mother, but no one should suffer sickness alone. It is often other adolescents that have dealt with disease who come together to create the strongest support system.

    Davis Channing conquered cancer, but now he has a different fight on his hands—with the demon of addiction. Recovering while repaying his debt to society has Davis volunteering in the very hospital that treated him. He may not be just what Cason needs, but the dude knows everyone and is effortlessly the epitome of a kind soul. His sincere desire to be beneficial is evident. The fact that he could use a friend right now, is not.

    I read a lot as a teen, but I can only recall one instance when a serious illness affected anyone my age. Now, we have non-fiction and realistic-fiction options for high-school and middle-grade readers that talk about kids being seriously sick. Ms. Gardner joins awe-inspiring authors such as Josh Sundquist, Sophia Bennett, Jordan Sonnenblick, and John Green to fill this void.

    Compassionately composed, Brave Enough is an honest journey from heart-ache to hope that deftly demonstrates the strength, resilience and adaptability of our youth.

    This review was written by jv poore for Buried Under Books, with huge thanks to North Star Editions/Flux Publicity Department for the Advance Review Copy.

  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    If you've ever seen any of my status updates, you will know that I am an absolute sucker for judging books by their covers, and this was no exception. As soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I needed it. I think I even requested it without reading the description if I'm honest here. But DAMN!!! The story definitely lives up to that beautiful cover. A super-cute read!!

    A part of me is screaming that this only deserves four stars. This book probably does deserve four stars. But I lov

    If you've ever seen any of my status updates, you will know that I am an absolute sucker for judging books by their covers, and this was no exception. As soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I needed it. I think I even requested it without reading the description if I'm honest here. But DAMN!!! The story definitely lives up to that beautiful cover. A super-cute read!!

    A part of me is screaming that this only deserves four stars. This book probably does deserve four stars. But I loved reading it, I was enjoying myself the whole way through the book, and I read for enjoyment, so that is reason enough for a full five stars for me!

    Though it was a fluffy and cute contemporary, there were also some more serious topics which were dealt with, and I appreciated that.

    It deals with cancer more so than nearly any other book I've read. And the author has experience. She gets it, and that definitely comes across in the book.

    It also dealt with drug addiction. This was very new for me. I mean, I knew that it happened, but I didn't

    until now. This book helped me understand so much more what people will go through, and I am so appreciative that this book went there and dealt with the topic.

    What I did not appreciate was the insta-love. I say that I hate it all the time, but if I'm honest here I really don't mind if it's done well. However, in this book I did find it a bit jarring. It didn't feel like love at first sight, it was like love at third sight or something. So not long enough for either one to have a reason to like each other, but not like the destiny meet-cute which I thought was a bit strange.

    I also wasn't the biggest fan of Cason. I feel like I could have liked her, if I got to know more of her personality earlier on. I get that dancing is a big part of her life, and that was something I really enjoyed in this book, but it is not the only element to her character, and I wish we got to know other stuff about her as well.

    But overall, the ship was so so so so so so CUTE and I was absolutely in love, so though I can say these things now that I've had a day to think about this book, I was in love the entire time I was reading, which is EXACTLY what I look for in a book, so that was absolutely NAILED!!

    Overall, loved it, highly recommend, can't wait for a realease date! 100% worth that cover!

  • Kiera

    I originally picked up this book because the main character was ballerina, but this book is really so much more than that, I may have also picked this book up because of the GORGEOUS cover!

    I really really enjoyed this book. It was so good.

    I loved Davis he was so sweet and kind to Cason and I loved how he did so much at the hospital and how Davis was battling with an addiction and there was stuff going on in his life but he didn't let that knock him down. Such a powerful character. I really lik

    I originally picked up this book because the main character was ballerina, but this book is really so much more than that, I may have also picked this book up because of the GORGEOUS cover!

    I really really enjoyed this book. It was so good.

    I loved Davis he was so sweet and kind to Cason and I loved how he did so much at the hospital and how Davis was battling with an addiction and there was stuff going on in his life but he didn't let that knock him down. Such a powerful character. I really liked how Davis was able to get help and go to NA meetings throughout this book and fight his addiction it really shows that you can get through something like that and that you can get help. I loved that.

    The story was really good I liked how it wasn't a super depressing cancer book but it was fun. I really liked how she overcame some of her challenges and didn't let the fact that she lost a leg stop her.

    such a heart warning read! I will definitely be checking out more of her books.

    I could gush on and on about this book but, I'll stop for your sake and for mine ;)

    The only thing that was kind of a struggle for me was Cason's name I kept wanting to say Carson.

    And the instant love was kind of clique but the rest of the book made up for it.

    I would 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a good book.

    Overall: 4.75 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    After a lot of thought I think is important to leave a part of the author’s note as the start of this review. Some quotes that I loved will be at the end of it.

    After a lot of thought I think is important to leave a part of the author’s note as the start of this review. Some quotes that I loved will be at the end of it.

    Buddy reading this with

    😍 I also kind of finished before her, but whatever.

    WARNING: long review ahead.

    First let me just bow to the designer of this cover,

    Also, I don’t have experience with cancer, but the author does and the content of this book is related to her experiences with the illness.

    ----> If you feel this quote resonates with you, meaning you are tired of authors using cancer just as a plot device, this is a book you want to read. From the start we know we are following two characters who have a connection with this illness, and we literally immerse in what happens when you have cancer. How is it to that becoming your new reality, or have already battled with it but it is still part of your everyday life.

    I did want to love this, because the concept was just too good and that cover. Sadly couldn’t love it wholeheartedly. It was very lacking in some aspects.

    We follow Carson and Davis as our main characters. I really loved both of them, I was amazed by their lives and the fight they had to undergo every day. Just imagine being Carson, a ballerina who gets diagnosed with bone cancer. Or Davis, a cancer survivor who is recovering from an addiction to narcotics. We are in their head and we feel how their worlds get destroyed brick by brick and then are restored when they choose to be

    I admired them for not giving up.

    I mean I have lived through it but I always thought it was just something more, but then I read this and I felt the importance, the weight people have to carry every single day. I really want to say I know this two characters profoundly, but honestly, I don’t. I got that Carson loves to dance but I really cannot tell you anything more besides their cancer and addiction experiences. Which it was a downside for me because they should have more things to tell, I don’t think is the fault of the author but rather a way to emphasize how your life becomes your illness. But still.

    . The only one I had problems with was Natalie and Davis ex. Holy fuck talk about annoying characters. I will say Natalie got redemption when she finally started acting like a mom and not the ballerina teacher. I loved the new friends Carson makes, and how they are supportive but at the same time now when not to take Carson’s shit.

    I really loved the way we got the descriptions of the feelings or characters were feeling, the way it vividly described the scenes in the hospital, it added realness. What I wasn’t a big fan of was the chapter endings, it was so abrupt, and suddenly we were jumping 3 weeks in time and so many things felt in a black hole. It sadly contributed time not connecting with the romance part of the story.

    I am really scratching my head here, thinking if there was any plot. This was my biggest problem, I loved being able to see this characters go through this journey, but there wasn’t any big action occurring. After 40% mark, I was like okay so now what? Something big will happen, it didn’t. So if you are a person who appreciates plot over characters, not for you.

    This book is not a romance contemporary,

    . Our two main characters are equally as important, and they just realize they have an attraction and undergo a sweet very subtle romance. Yes, it was a bit too instant for my taste, but I also understood it. They weren’t in a position to have this epic romance adventure where they ditched everything happening in their lives for each other, really this is not a romeo & juliette romance. Again I felt this part was really affected by the weird flow of the story. I wished we had had more insight into their messages interaction and stuff like that.

    The main reason why I liked this story, was how deep we got into this aspects. We followed our characters in their hospital visits, treatments, surgery procedures, narcotics anonymous reunions, police officer appointments.

    It also gives us hope that cancer has survivors, because is honestly not fair all books introduce cancer as a way to just keep killing characters, yes it happens, but not all the fucking time.

    Initial thoughts:

    I GOT AN ARC OF THIS! HOLY SHIT THIS COVER, I AM IN LOVE.

  • alana ♡

     

    Normally I like to start off my reviews with a quote from the book, however, we're going change things up a little bit today. This quote is from the author's note at the very end of this story and I would be 110% lying if I didn't ugly cry after reading this. But really, how powerful and/>

     

    Normally I like to start off my reviews with a quote from the book, however, we're going change things up a little bit today. This quote is from the author's note at the very end of this story and I would be 110% lying if I didn't ugly cry after reading this. But really, how powerful and amazing is that?

    I think it really says a lot about a book when you've read it months ago and it still continues to blow you away, and that's exactly what debut author Kati Gardner has done. I read this book in March and I still can't seem to find the right words to talk about how important this story is. I will admit that I did initially judge this book by it's cover because I mean how can you not?! It's absolutely beautiful. But I was further sold on this book after reading the synopsis for two reasons. The first, was because I can't recall ever reading a YA book that battles drug addiction. The second, was because the only other book I've read that tackles cancer was TFIOS which I enjoyed.

    This book was definitely more character driven than anything else but I found myself rooting so hard for both Cason and Davis, individually and together as a couple. Cason, has been hiding a leg injury in order to audition for a ballet theater telling herself "

    until she can no longer put off her injury anymore and finds out it is something much worse.

    With her hopes and dreams shattered Cason struggles heavily with her new reality and falls into a deep depression. Davis, a former cancer patient, is sentenced to 300 hours community service at the hospital wing he was once a patient in after getting caught and charged with an intent to distribute drugs. Although Davis has been clean and sober for almost a year he does still struggle heavily throughout this story with his drug addiction, especially on the harder days. As horrible as it is to say, that struggle is appreciated. His drug addiction was not sugar-coated as in "he once did drugs but now isn't phased by them" it's "he did hard drugs and still battles it every day", which is the reality of drug addiction.

    If you haven't put two and two together yet, cancer patient + community service in cancer wing of hospital = Davis and Cason's worlds colliding together. And although their reason for meeting is anything but happy they both seem to find healing and happiness in one another. This did feature the dreaded insta-love, but I was able to see past it very quickly because this is so much more than a love story. It's a story about finding hope in the most unlikely places and character development like you wouldn't believe. Speaking of character development, you've never seen it written so well when it comes to Cason's mom, Natalie. She's annoying, nagging, and unable to accept daughter's illness in the beginning, but at the end? Oh, she was everything I hoped for and more. I really had to hold back the big fat ugly tears for her.

    This is merely the tip of the iceberg of the story. There's still so much more to be expected, like, ex-girlfriends coming around, new friendships, restraining orders, surgeries, 

    disability rep (visible and non-visible), and who knows Cason may even find a new passion in life.

    All in all, you don't want to miss this because it's a book that will stick with you for a long time to come. And this author deserves not only Cason's story to be told but her own as well, so don't mind me while I go back to the author's note and continue bawling my eyes out.

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  • Kayla

    This was such a deep beautiful story about Cancer and Drug addiction and Love, the book was so well written and the plot was so realistic.

  • Kylie Amber

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher North Star Editions in exchange for my honest review**

    “Your smile is one of my favorite things.”… “And not just on you, like, it’s one of my favorite things in this world.”

    After finishing this novel, I mainly have positive things to say. I love the setting of the story, I always have been interested in hospital storylines. I really enjoyed how much the characters developed over the length of the story. And I didn't hate an

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher North Star Editions in exchange for my honest review**

    “Your smile is one of my favorite things.”… “And not just on you, like, it’s one of my favorite things in this world.”

    After finishing this novel, I mainly have positive things to say. I love the setting of the story, I always have been interested in hospital storylines. I really enjoyed how much the characters developed over the length of the story. And I didn't hate any of the characters (besides Natalie, for about half of the book). For me Brave Enough was very fast-paced and a novel I was able to dive deep into immediately, which I loved.

    The problem areas for me though are:

    - I felt like the plot fell a little short after half of the story. Too much happened to soon, so much that I remember looking at the page I was on thinking "Oh dang, if it's like this half way through, something even better must be coming" To me, nothing else was very interesting besides the ending life decisions for each character.

    -One other thing that irked me was how Cason talks about dancing. I understand she is passionate and devastated over the loss of her true love but, the way she was CONSTANTLY talking about herself dancing with perfect this and perfect that, bothered me because I felt like she was one of those snobby performers you see at conventions and competitions (yes, I am a dancer of 18 years so it probably didn't bother most people.)

    - I also would have liked to see more of how Cason and Davis get to this point of liking each other, rather then them seeing each other once and being like "OOO I like that person", even though they didn't know who the other was.

    I give this story 3.5 stars because it was a cute, quick read that I was having fun with while reading. I also really loved how caring Davis was, even though he was dealing with his own problems he was always right at Cason's bedside when she need "a friend". Definitely recommend this one (:

    Check out the full review on my blog!

  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures

    3.5

    The title of this book fits this story so well. T/>This/>Thank

    3.5

    The title of this book fits this story so well. This book is so bloody positive through and through. Being

    is the theme throughout both Cason's and Davis's arc.

    I quite enjoyed her arc. The journey from shock to acceptance and moving on (to some level).

    The representation and the struggle of a former addict and all the temptation he faced all around and how real it was.

    this was one of my favorite thing about this book. It didn't had to make things and events extra like a soap opera. Like people asked for help and were able to maintain strength through out. Like no bad guys got away with being shit ass!

    i loved that their were so many people around to help all the support groups. It was just so positive and empowering that yes you can do this. And so many people are yes indeed around you rooting for you!!

    Their are so many diverse and disable and recovering people in this book. And all their view, struggles are discussed.

    This book deals extensively with addiction, i found it so positive. It has like such a big message that YES HELP IS HERE FOR YOU! I loved that and their were support groups and the NA meeting. And how the parents, doctors and friends around were so supportive and helpful.

    Since this book draws from the authors own experience with cancer. This felt real and genuine.

    Each one of the side characters were so different, fun diverse and supportive.

    I am so sad about this tbh. It had so much potential sigh like so bloody much!! But they ruined it. The like so instantly fall together ugh, it could have worked so well if it didn't just happen in an instant. I mean she doesn't even know him other than his name from school, when they meet and BAAM they end up together.

    The camp is mentioned like 3948348 times through out the book and in the end we just get glimpse of like two to three events not even day!??!?!?!?

    Oh she start as such villain and a bitch but than she out of nowhere get a conscience?

    The story starts with the feeling that Davis knows of Cason and maybe kinda likes her. But we never get why and how he knew her from school.

    P.s The struggle was real with Cason's name through out this review xD The amount times i wrote Canson and Canon was to darn high!!

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    i got approved for it on net galley I MEAN

    !! Now i get why people freak about net galley approvals!!!!

  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

    This is a story of Cason Martin and Davis Channing. Their sickness brought them together as both of them are cancer survivors. Besides cancer, Cason also struggles with her shattered dream of being a ballerina and Davis stuggles with drug addiction. I liked Davis's character because he is so caring and supportive. Cason on the other hand was too bland for me. I tried but I could not connect with her.

    Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. Coming from an author who is a cancer

    This is a story of Cason Martin and Davis Channing. Their sickness brought them together as both of them are cancer survivors. Besides cancer, Cason also struggles with her shattered dream of being a ballerina and Davis stuggles with drug addiction. I liked Davis's character because he is so caring and supportive. Cason on the other hand was too bland for me. I tried but I could not connect with her.

    Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. Coming from an author who is a cancer survivor herself, I highly appreciate her writing but for me it lacked depth. A lot of the stuff was repetitive and hence boring. I wanted to know more about Davis except that he is a drug addict and he wants to use some but sadly, a good part of the book was comprised of this.

  • chan ☆

    buddy read with my OG buddy ready partner in crime & lovely lady who i am a terrible influence on:

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