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Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I have read an reviewed a lot of the previous works by the author on this blog:

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Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Jess Nahikian

If you have read any of the author’s previous works, you will expect the ‘oddness’ of the characters we meet. We have straight-talking, honest Molly who is living on the streets and on the other end we have Brooke, who is living with her mother because of financial difficulties. In a sudden quirk of fate and few awful minutes, their paths are meant to cross.
Molly is remarkably forthright, if not in her speech, in her mind. Since we get to spend a lot of time with both the protagonists, we get to see how their thought process works. This is a slow book with no peaks of sudden events which will dramatically alter the reader’s emotional levels. It is a steady process to how they reconcile with the way the world deals with them. The realistic part is that despite an awkward start and deep-rooted suspicions, they bond over experience and grow the trust instead of it magically appearing. My only sticking point in this particular book was the repeated digs at the weight of people. There was a wrongness (as described in the story) to being fat for the side characters. I noticed it in the very beginning and thought it was just a way to describe Brooke’s mother, but at least in three other significant scenes, it was highlighted for no good reason (that I could see). This jarred me enough to not enjoy this work as much as I did the last ones I heard.
Both narrators did a great job in setting up the ambience of the tale and drawing me in and keeping me invested.
I would still recommend this to anyone looking for a different story to read and would rush to pick up another work by the author.

It has been a long time since I reviewed an audiobook from KU for various reasons, none of them interesting enough to list here. my last KU review was : The Girl Beneath the Sea (Underwater Investigation Unit #1) by Andrew Mayne and my queue now looks like this:

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