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How to Be Brave

A Novel

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


Chosen as one of the best YA Novels of November by
A Buzzfeed YA Book To Watch
Featured on School Library Journal's Size Acceptance YA List

Georgia has always lived life on the sidelines: uncomfortable with her weight, awkward, never been kissed, terrified of failing.

Then her mom dies and her world is turned upside down. But instead of getting lost in her pain, she decides to enjoy life while she still can by truly living for the first time. She makes a list of ways to be brave-all the things she's always wanted to do but has been too afraid to try: learn to draw, try out for cheerleading, cut class, ask him out, kiss him, see what happens from there.

But she's about to discover that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But in the process, you realize you're stronger than you ever imagined...
This fearless, big-hearted, deeply moving book will make you laugh, cry, and inspire you to be brave.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 2015 – After spending months grieving the death of her mother, who died from complications associated with obesity, high-school senior Georgia decides it's time to move on with life, fulfilling her mother's final wish for her to try new things and be fearless. Honoring this request is a challenge for Georgia, who is self-conscious about being overweight, but with prodding from best friend Liss, she creates a "Do Everything Be Brave" list of goals. Set in present-day Chicago, Kottaras's debut traces Georgia's struggles and triumphs as she reluctantly sets out to accomplish 15 tasks, which include asking a cute boy on a date, jumping out of a plane, and learning how to draw like her mother. During the process, she makes a new friend, nearly loses an old one, gains insight into her mother's artistic sensibility, and uncovers talents she never knew existed. Georgia's Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel's themes of emotional healing and self-discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews


This is an awesome book! Our whole
family has read it and enjoyed it.


I love this book! I just wish it never ended.😃

How to Be Brave
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 7-12
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Nov 03, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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