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Brave Girl, Quiet Girl: A Novel Hardcover – May 19, 2020
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“Gripping, emotional, fast-paced and fresh, Catherine Ryan Hyde’s latest novel is definitely one to read and share.” ―Bookreporter
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty-five published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.
Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA Rainbow List, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.
More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other journals; in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts; and in the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and by the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.
She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.
For more information, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (May 19, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542017831
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542017831
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brooke is 39 years old, has a 2 year-old daughter, and lives in West L.A. with her mother. She is not happy with this because her mother is not a nice person but she's divorced and can't afford a place of her own yet.
She takes her daughter, Etta, to the movies (mainly to get away from her mother) and on the way home, she is carjacked - and Etta is taken with the car.
Molly is a 16 year-old living on the streets of L.A. and she finds Etta, who has been dumped on the side of the road in her car seat.
What transpires after this is a story that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and really makes you think. It is about mothers and daughters and what actually what makes up a family.
I loved this story and I loved its characters, especially Molly. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I received this book from Lake Union Publishing through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
She makes the two main characters people you really end up liking and rooting for, but in order to completely pull this off, she has to make the teen's mother into a complete stereotype. If we're going to end up cheering for the teen who's "come out," then we're supposed to hate her mother who kicks her out because of this announcement. Of course, the easiest way to do this is to make the mother a "fundamental Christian" who is as cardboard a character as they come and completely devoid of any emotion or sensible thought. As in,
Christian = intolerant, judgmental. Okay, that was an easy character to write. This just reinforces a nasty, negative stereotype that anyone who claims to be Christian is hateful to anyone who is gay/lesbian. Sorry, Catherine Ryan Hyde, I'm not going to let you off the hook that easy on this one. It makes me wonder if she actually KNOWS (in real life!) any genuine Christians because the people I know (myself included) who are Christ followers would NEVER act the way she had this character act. Of course, it was convenient for the plot, but sadly, all it does is reinforce negative stereotypes.
One night Brooke decides to take Etta
a movie. While getting into the car after the movie Brooke is hijacked. The hijackers leave Brooke standing in the street while he drives off with her mother’s car and Etta strapped in the back seat.
While Molly is out collecting recycling she discovers a car seat on the sidewalk.to her surprise, there is, still a baby in it. Molly makes a decision to take the baby with her. She knows it is unsafe for the baby on the street but it can also be unsafe with her. Molly must notify the police, which is hard to do. when you don't have a phone and you are worried about survival.
From the time Brooke gets Etta back Brooke and Molly ’s lives become intertwined. But it's difficult Brooke and Molly come from two different worlds. Molly is a homeless girl living on the streets. Brooke lives in a nice house, has a job, and enough food. Conversely, Molly does not know how she is going to get food, and shelter is a crate. Brooke is appreciative of Molly, but she is not sure she can trust her. Through the course of the book, Brooke and Molly deal with issues such as wealth, poverty, trust, homosexuality, and respect.
This story is told from the alternating point of views of both Brooke and Molly, so I knew what each character was feeling and thinking.
I could not put this book down. It was both suspenseful and heartwarming.
This was an amazing story that addresses a myriad of social issues. The characters were well developed. I did not want the story to end. I want to know now how Brooke, Molly, and Etta are doing today.
Thank you, Catherine Ryan Hyde, for writing such a heartwarming story.
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The first few chapters had me on the edge of my seat wondering how on earth this would all pan out as I didn’t read anything about the book before I started it. (I heard it was good and downloaded it)
It really kept me engaged and all the characters seemed so real with lives and relationships that would give us all food for thought.