Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a book that will take the reader by surprise. This dual narrative book is one that digs deep into the issues of homelessness and really gives the reader pause. The characters are also quite interesting in this well-written contemporary.Title: Brave Girl, Quiet Girl
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her mother, and holding tight to the one thing that matters most: her two-year-old daughter, Etta. Then, in a matter of seconds, Brooke’s life is shattered when she’s carjacked. Helpless and terrified, all Brooke can do is watch as Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night.
Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Thrown away by her parents, and with a future as stable as the wooden crate she calls home, Molly survives day to day by her wits. As unpredictable as her life is, she’s stunned to find Etta, abandoned and alone. Shielding the little girl from more than the elements, Molly must put herself in harm’s way to protect a child as lost as she is.
Out of one terrible moment, Brooke’s and Molly’s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship across generations and circumstances is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what’s lost—and what’s found—can change in a heartbeat.
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Review: Brave Girl, Quiet Girl
At first, this book seems as though it is going to be a thriller, as it starts off with a carjacking and a desperate search for Brooke’s daughter. However, after things begin with a bang, the story settles into a tale of two women in search of themselves. It is a really enjoyable novel that will make you think about the world around you.
❀ Likeable and Interesting Characters
Both Brooke and Molly are characters that are likeable and interesting to read about. I found the descriptions of Molly’s living conditions riveting and something that I have never come across before in a novel. The concept of being homeless is explored in great depth, including the struggle to find food, shelter, and a sense of community while living on the street.
❀ An Educational Aspect
I have come to expect that a Catherine Ryan Hyde novel will push my reading into a zone that makes me a bit uncomfortable so that I can discover another way of life. Her writing is so wonderful and vivid that the reality of homelessness is seen through a new lens. I was both terrified and angry as Molly is judged and mistreated throughout the book. There is always an educational aspect such as this in the author’s novels.
❀ A Must-Read
If you are looking for a read that will cause you to stop and think, Brave, Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde is one to try. The story is intriguing and the characters are interesting. A must-read for fans of the author’s previous works.