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Title: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Author: Karole Cuzzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.
The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is definitely one of my favourite books of the year. It is educational, yet entertaining and contains a character in a wheelchair who has got to be one of the most positive people ever. There are themes of loss, but the book is more about getting back on your feet. This is such an important book that everyone should read!
This book has such an inspiring concept! Basically, a girl meets a boy in a wheelchair who completely changes her life. She learns how to be strong and realizes the importance of second chances. I loved how this book does an excellent job of educating readers about what it’s like to live life in a wheelchair while remaining easy to understand and actually pretty funny.
Pax was such an amazing character that I couldn’t help but love. He was my favourite character in the book and probably one of my favourite characters in YA. I found it interesting how Pax is already in a wheelchair at the start of the book and it isn’t a sob story about his accident. He seems to accept it and he’s become stronger because of it. Pax has such a great personality and a positive outlook on life that is honestly so inspirational. He also plays wheelchair rugby, which I found really intriguing, but I wish there were more details about it in the book.
There are some big themes of loss in How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, but the book isn’t really about that, if you know what I mean. Pax lost the ability to walk and a scholarship, and Nikki lost her friends and her reputation. However, the story is more about the aftermath of both incidences and getting past it. I found this to be really different from other books out there because the life-changing events weren’t really written, just talked about. I enjoyed how there wasn’t much whining as well, as that’s always a turn off for me.
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is an inspiring novel about second chances and forgiveness. There is a character in a wheelchair who is so positive and some themes of loss, but just the aftermath. This is such an amazing book that I would definitely recommend.