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?

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

First things first – IS THIS GOING TO BE A MOVIE BECAUSE I WANT TO SEE IT?!

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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