Book review: Brave Girl Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4/5


Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her mother, and holding tight to the one thing that matters most: her two-year-old daughter, Etta. Then, in a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked. Helpless and terrified, all Brooke can do is watch as Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night.

Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Thrown away by her parents, and with a future as stable as the wooden crate she calls home, Molly survives day to day by her wits. As unpredictable as her life is, she’s stunned to find Etta, abandoned and alone. Shielding the little girl from more than the elements, Molly must put herself in harm’s way to protect a child as lost as she is.

Out of one terrible moment, Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship across generations and circumstances is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what’s lost—and what’s found—can change in a heartbeat.

My verdict: My verdict: I read this book in a day. I love the overall premise of the novel, however I found it and in predictable so I could not wall date a full five stars. I love some of the issues raised such as OGBTQ, motherhood, crime and homelessness. I commend the author for not portraying Molly as the stereotype we often see in the media and instead gave us a very raw and real account of what it’s like to live on the streets. Overall a very nice novel about making peace with your past and forging a better future for yourself. Fans and Jodi Picoult and Diane chamberlain will love this.

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