Book Review: Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde

“But by then I wanted one so bad that it was more like I needed it. You know how that can happen? How all of a sudden a thing gets to be more than just the thing it is, and then all of a sudden it feels like everything that’s wrong in your life? Not having bananas felt like everything that’d gone wrong in my life since I had to leave home, and, let me tell you, that’s a whole big bag of wrong.”

Catherine Ryan Hyde, Brave Girl, Quiet Girl

Title: Brave Girl, Quiet Girl
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 302 (Kindle)
Published: May 19th, 2020

My Rating: ★★★★¼
Read: 2/1/2023 – 2/7/2023


Touching from start to finish, Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is the epitome of found family.

After a carjacking, Brooke is desperate to find her little daughter that was asleep in the backseat. Twenty-four anxious hours pass without a word. Meanwhile, young Molly stumbles across a toddler abandoned in her car seat on the side of the road. Without a phone and having to protect the child from local gang members, contacting the authorities is no easy feat. 

My favorite stories are those that bring unlikely people together. Both Brooke and Molly are wonderful characters made better by the presence of little Etta. I loved watching their acquaintance grow and get to know one another. There was some repetition in the story, but it was overall endearing.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Found family. It’s my favorite trope and it was done so wonderfully here.
  • Brooke’s character growth.
  • Molly. She’s such a dear.
  • Etta is adorable.

What I didn’t like:

  • The repetition of some lines.
  • It wasn’t my favorite writing style.


This book was recommended to me by my dear friend Taylor. I will definitely be asking her for more recommendations in the future. I enjoyed it so much.

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