Book Club: Brave Enough, Chapters 50-55

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Welcome to the comments and discussion of the Young Adult Cancer Book Club! We are reading Brave Enough by Kati Gardner!   Catch up on Chapter 1, Chapters 2-5, Chapters 6-8, Chapters 9-11, Chapters 12-15, Chapters 16-20, Chapters 21-26, Chapters 27-32, Chapters 33-38, Chapters 39-43, and Chapters 44-49.

Week 12: Chapters 50-55

Commentary by Krista L.:

I thought these last chapters were a beautiful cap to a very honest and heartbreaking story. I liked Cason’s return to dancing, if in a different medium than she had before.

However, I think my favorite part of the entire book is in the Author’s Note, where she talks about her experiences with Ewing’s Sarcoma. To me, it made the story’s emotions, although fictional, more real.

Really loved this book!

Commentary by Heather M.:

Chapter 50 opens with the girls in camp preparing for the 90’s dance that night. Davis has left camp but returns just in time for the dance. Afterward, the girls are back in the cabins answering questions and MF brings up a time when the X-ray tech accidentally saw her topless and ran away.

This sticks with me so much because during chemo I constantly felt like anything that was once private really wasn’t anymore. Everyone was touching, prodding, examining and looking at my chest. I had to repeatedly answer invasive questions in front of my boyfriend that previously would have made my face burn. Eventually, it just becomes the norm.

The rest of the chapters focus on the growing relationship between Davis and Cason as well as Cason learning that dance is something that has changed but is still important to her. I loved that Cason eventually found a way to dance and share it with others. I felt like a lot of times, this book was a little young for me since I’m on the older end of ‘young adult’ 🙂 But the fact that she kept pushing for her goals and didn’t just focus on Davis was inspiring.

 

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