Once Upon a Bookshelf – Losing Brave

Losing BraveLosing Brave by Bailee Madison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Payton and Dylan Brave are identical twins but they couldn’t be more different. They have separate styles, friends, and dreams. When Dylan suddenly goes missing, Payton has a hard time remembering who she is and in the middle of the drama, decides to take on a new personality – Poe. Poe is a sweet mixture of both girls and a way for Payton to cope with the loss. With the help of her friends, can they find out what happened to her sister?



Second – I connected with this book on a personal level mostly because I have a twin sister and I’m not sure how I would manage if I were no longer part of “The Deas Twins” as we are affectionately known. Losing your best friend that you can tell anything to and they have similar experiences must be awful.

Third – HOLY PLOT TWISTS! I spent the first 3/4 of this book thinking that Payton was the one who was involved with the disappearance of her sister but the subtle clues in every chapter made me question my theory. It wasn’t until Poe was attacked in her beloved Winnebago and she mentioned something about her memory of an event being different did I realize what was going on. That’s quite a feat because I’m usually really good at figuring out the plot early in the book.

I read this book because I’m a fan of Bailee Madison. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t skeptical of the quality of the book, but this may be one of my favorite mystery novels I’ve ever read. I hope she continues to write in the future (and if she needs any beta readers, I’m always available).

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March 18th. I love it.


First up this week, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” I love it. I couldn’t remember the last time I saw it and when it popped up on Netflix this week I had to watch it. I’ve clearly seen it many many times because I still know most of the words. Haha.

I love it.

Next up, zucchini noodles. I love it. Weird, I know, but oddly satisfying. I made spaghetti with it and I actually liked it a lot better than regular pasta. It’s way easier to cook, too.

I love it.

Finally, the Middle School Dance being over. I love it. I know that the kids love it and what-not but it is so stressful that I have been looking forward to it being over since the beginning of the year. This year was especially insightful and I know some things that will have to be different next year. For now, Student Council can do things besides plan events which I am more than happy to do.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

March 11th. I love it.

So much love, friends. So much.

First up this week, snowballs. I love it. I don’t mean actual snowballs like my family up north have been experiencing. I mean the most best part the summer in New Orleans. My first snowball of the season was from Casey’s and it was stuffed root beer. Yesterday I went to Ro-Bear’s and got a stuffed Hawaiian punch. Snowballs are my favorite. I’m thinking I need to do a tour of all of the go-to spots this summer.

I love it.

Next up, winning medals. I love it. I had my first tae kwon do tournament in Slidell this weekend and I didn’t do so bad if I do say so myself. I took third place in my form and third place in board breaking. Now that I know how the competition works now, I think I’ll do better next time. The competition was fierce (you should have seen the person I had to spar – so scary).

I love it.

Finally, reading at the park. I love it. Yesterday was the first time this year that I was able to take my book, blanket, and coffee to Lafreniere Park to get some reading done. It was a little chilly and it started to rain but I got a solid hour of relaxation in before I had to pack up and leave. I’m glad the weather is finally getting better so I can spend more time outside.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.