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Book Club: Brave Enough, Chapters 44-49

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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, and Chapters 16-20, Chapters 21-26, Chapters 27-32, Chapters 33-38, and Chapters 39-43.

Week 11: Chapters 44-49

Commentary by Melissa K.:

Chapter 44 opens with the beginning of Camp Chemo. Davis has arrived and you can tell that there are weights lifted off of him… There is no talk about his feeling of needing to get high, no worrying about running into Ethan.

Every cancer patient needs an opportunity for an escape. After I had surgery to remove my brain tumor, I was able to go on vacation with my family before I started radiation. While the stress of the situation never quite leaves you, especially if you are newly diagnosed/still in treatment like Cason, you are able to be something more than a cancer patient.

Cason is back in cancer patient mode after she slips on the pool deck. After reassuring everyone that she feels ok, even Dr. H rushes over to check if she is ok. Despite being “away from it all,” it all is still there.

Chapter 49 ends with Davis finally getting some closure with his assault case. His parents sign him out of Camp so that he can identify Ethan. The police officers reassure him that Ethan will now be going to jail. The chapter ends there, but I am sure Davis will be able to go back to camp and focus on other things, like Cason!


Join in next Monday for the comments and discussion on chapters 50-55!

We will talk about a few chapters each Monday until the book is done. If Monday happens to be a holiday, then the post will publish on Tuesday. Once we finish the book, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss. We’ll also have a video chat book club discussion at the end! Join in, in the comments every week! Also, there will probably be spoilers so read along with us!  Excited about the young adult cancer book club?  Have any suggestions for future reads?  Let us know!