Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.
Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her -- even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself.
Written by a debut author who wore a brace of her own, Braced is the inspiring, heartfelt story of a girl learning to manage the many curves life throws her way.
Made me know that I’m not alone
When I was diagnosed with scoliosis I knew no one else my age who had a curve bad enough to need a brace or surgery. They said I needed to wear a boston brace 18 hours a day. I was finishing 8th grade, I had 18 kids in my grade, I was going to sleep away camp for 4 weeks the day after getting my brace, and I was starting at a new high school in the fall. “Braced” was able to give me comfort and a character that I could connect to. It brought me through the brace fitting, friends, family, school, sports, doctors, and so much more. I am hopefully done growing a month from today and will be done with my brace (and finally be able to wear crop tops! Yay!) and this book has been a guiding light for me my entire journey. Thank you so much.
#2 favorite book :D
It’s now my #2 Favorite book :D after Because of Mr. Terupt.
Good story, good plot, good characters, outstanding everything!
As a girl with scoliosis who had a back brace, (I got surgery) this book was incredibly beautiful. It was also relatable—totally read, even if you don’t have scoliosis. It’ll change your life!!!