The Best Possible Answer

The Best Possible Answer : A Novel

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AP Exams - check. SAT test - check. College Application - check. Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you've spent your whole life working for - check. Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan - and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure. Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she'd do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realises she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it's okay to be less than perfect, because it's our imperfections that make us who we are.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 24mm | 358g
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 1250072816
  • 9781250072818
  • 1,038,237

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"How to Be Brave" is a celebration of life, from the captivating open page to the emotional ending. Kottaras acutely and poetically depicts the painful struggle of re-finding yourself after a defining loss-and the stark effects of both success and failure along the way-in a lovely, heartfelt debut. Dahlia Adler, author of Behind the Scenes

Just enough sass, just enough heart, and a narrator to root for. "How to be Brave" ushered me into another yet familiar world. Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did. "Ron Koertge, award winning author of Coaltown Jesus"

Powerful and rare, "How to Be Brave" is a wonderfully told story with gleams of humor and wit that will inspire readers to live their lives for real. "Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything"

Georgia's realistically profane voice aptly captures her personality, carrying the novel; her traverse through grief and experimentation make for a believable and satisfying character arc. A thoughtful exploration of grief and life. "Kirkus Reviews"

How To Be Brave does a cartwheel in your heart. It artfully reminds us that bravery forges a path through fear and grief. "Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Normal"

Kottaras's debut traces Georgia's struggles and triumphs as she reluctantly sets out to fulfill her mother's final wish for her to try new things and be fearless. Georgia's Greek-American heritage offers a distinctive backdrop for the novel's themes of emotional healing and self-discovery, while Georgia herself emerges as a realistically flawed and genuine protagonist. "Publishers Weekly"
"""A perfect book for anyone trying to figure out what they want their life to look like, and how to be brave enough to make that life a reality." --"Booklist""
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About E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She lives in Los Angeles where she's hard at work on her next book.
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541 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 16% (84)
4 33% (177)
3 36% (194)
2 13% (72)
1 3% (14)
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