Losing Brave

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Payton does all she can to keep the memory of her sister, Dylan, alive. As the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance approaches, Payton is determined more than ever to finally find answers, which proves difficult as her memories from that day are gone. She can’t keep pretending that everything is fine and so begins to rebel against everyone’s opinion of her. She turns to unexpected friends for comfort and bonds with her sister’s boyfriend, Cole, through the grief. When two girls with similar features to her twin go missing, Payton uncovers shocking clues and discovers the suspect may be hiding in plain sight.

Payton begins to feel like all she’s doing is merely existing as she struggles with her grief and the desperation to find answers when there hasn’t been any. It’s easy to sympathize with her and understand her need to rebel against her identity. It’s moving to see how she ends up connecting with others who feel just as out of place. It’s a powerful story of friendship as different people, all outcasts, suffering at the hand of gossip come together to find a place of solace. The characters are layered and grounded, real teenagers dealing with real struggles. The mystery is genuinely surprising and suspenseful as the story weaves through time and explores the present mystery while offering clues from the past in Dylan’s final days. Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller explore loss, identity, and friendship in an emotional journey into life and death, loss and survival. Losing Brave is a heartbreaking and powerful story that will resonate and leave an impact.

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Author Bailee Madison • Stefne Miller
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Blink
Publish Date 2018-Jan-30
ISBN 9780310760542
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Issue April 2018
Category Young Adult
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