Brave Enough by Kati Gardner

Synopsis: Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?

Review: I did not know about the novel but when I saw the cover, but I had to see what the story was about! It must be said that the illustrator did a very nice job! Well, I think I read the synopsis too quickly because I thought at first that it was the story about an injured dancer. But it’s true that finally, it was much more than that!

Cason had her destiny all drawn. Since childhood, dance is her life and her mother encourages her and forms her to be the best in this field. But then, during a big audition and while she hid a wound she thought benign, she collapses on stage at the end of the program. But what she thought was something curable is worse than expected … cancer. Davis is a former addict, but even though he is sober for 7 months, the temptation is ubiquitous and his fight is much more difficult than people think. Thus, during his community service, he meets Cason, a girl from his high school he never spoke to. Together, and by helping one another, they will try to move forward, to progress and to rebuild. However this path is not linear and it will have many ups and downs. Something very difficult to achieve, but together, maybe they will do it.

It’s a very beautiful and touching story. Everything is not rosy, everything can not work out in a snap of a finger but they will have to accept what is happening and try to override it so they don’t sink. I really liked the author’s aptness to make us understand that what they do on their own is like an insurmountable ordeal, that they have decided to fight and we hope that in the end they will succeed.

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