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The Bravest Thing by Laura Lascarso

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About the Author
Laura Lascarso lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society.
Publication Date
April 17, 2017
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High school junior Berlin Webber is about to reap the fruits of his hard work and land a football scholarship—if he can keep his sexuality a secret from his best friend, Trent, and their homophobic coach. Then Hiroku Hayashi swerves into the high school parking lot on his tricked-out motorcycle like some sexy comic book villain, and Berlin knows he doesn’t stand a chance. 

Hiroku is fleeing his sophisticated urban scene to recover from drug addiction and an abusive relationship when he arrives in Berlin’s small Texas ranch town. Initially sarcastic and aloof, Hiroku finds in Berlin a steady, supportive friend who soon becomes more. As Hiroku and Berlin’s romance blossoms, they take greater risks to be together. But when a horrific act of violence tears them apart, they both must look bigotry in the face. While Berlin has always turned to his faith for strength, Hiroku dives into increasingly dangerous ways of coping, pushing them in opposite directions just when they need each other most. 

Two very different young men search for the bravery to be true to themselves, the courage to heal, and the strength to go on when things seem darkest. But is it enough to bring them back together?

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Smoldered read with perspective
5++ read  - Hiroku and Berlin
A delicate Japanese and a bulk from Texas

I didn't know what to expect from this title I just wanted to read the new one from Laura Lascarso her mind. While writing this review I had goosebumps and my eyes blurred.
This amazing good read.

Being addicted is hard to deal with. And Hiro's reflections are so real, raw and honest. So determined but so undermined by his own fears and his fragile state of mind.
But he is strong, getting stronger, much stronger then before....
Berlin is so gentle and kind, somehow he gives Hiro hope...

I smiled more than once, there are really humorous lines.
“Should I bring something?” I ask. “Nothing that was once living.”
They have such a different background :)

Berlin's mind works different, less complicated. Afraid to come out....stubborn  in his beliefs, almost naive...but also a tower of strength.

Damn Trent and his father and all those homophobics. I'm not a violent person but sometimes I wanted to smack around.
Then.... something unthinkable happens, I had a feeling to throw up, instead i just sat paralyzed, numb...perplexed....
Is this the end of Hiro...? Please please not....if he survives this... he is the strongest man I've ever known. 
Seth is bad news and he is just thát what triggers Hiro. He is like a magnet, he and the drugs.

When Hiro calls: “Berlin,” and this like it’s his last, dying breath. I cried hard, Hiro my hero, are the Bravest thing.

Berlin gives Hiro some perspective.....and Hiro knows what to do...
Finally he is making the right decisions...Brave !! <3 
And also Berlin knows finally what to do, now on the other side he can feel a fraction of what Hiro has experience and when he realize this fact....he never knew....

It was balanced, the switch between Hiro and Berlin their point of views.
Also the right pov at the right moment in the different situations, it felt real and whole.
Smoothly and smoldered written with depth, hope and progression.

It was a deep moving read and it felt awful real. The bullying parts were harsh.
The recovering and the ever struggling parts were even more harsh.
I felt it...i cried emotional tears....
It will always be difficult and the struggling is hard. But there will be a different life with perspective, one with you in control and not the drug.....

For all the Hiro's (read Hero's) Every day is a new one....a new one to start all over to get help or try to go further from where you are... Step by step - hour by hour - Day by day - you are in charge- you are not alone...

ARC received from Divine Magazine given by Publisher
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