Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

How to Keep Rolling After a FallTitle: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Author: Karole Cozzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 2, 2016

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.

Oh, Swoon Reads.  You have never failed me.  When I need a cute book to pick me up, I should just look for the Swoon label on the side.

I was slightly skeptical of this one because of the subject matter.  Especially after reading a certain book about a disabled man that decides life isn't worth living.  (I was very disappointed with the author's take, and I won't bore you with the details, but I was very angry after finishing it)  So I was ecstatic when I started this and found that Pax was someone who had adjusted to being in a wheelchair.  And he saw the worth of his own life, even without Nikki.

I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this just as much as I did if I had read it a few weeks before.  Because, as I said, I just came off reading a very known book that put me on the fence about the subject.  And since I had such a bad experience with that one, I think I enjoyed this one even more.  Pax was wonderful and optimistic, even through his realism.  Nikki was sad and lonely and got caught up in a bad situation.  Did she deserve all of the hate people gave her?  Absolutely not.

Her situation reminds me a lot of what happened in A Step Toward Falling.  She didn't actually do anything wrong.  She just failed to do the right thing.  But in this day and age of technology, no one can prove that she wasn't the one at fault, and everyone abandons her.  Including her own family.  So when Pax sees Nikki getting told off and her reaction, he decides to comfort her, because he knows what it's like to make one stupid mistake.  After all, it was his own fault he was in a wheelchair.

I think what I like most about this is how realistic it is.  Cyber-bullying happens all the time.  And the backlash from it can ruin everyone's lives.  So this new perspective was really interesting.

Reasons to read this book
1) You like cute contemporaries
2) You had an issue with that other book I mentioned for that reason I mentioned
3) Romance is your thing
4) You're in a book slump and can't get into any fantasy

Reasons not to read this book
1) You hate romance (why are you looking at Swoon Reads books then?)
2) You really don't like contemporary books

I really enjoyed this one.  It was cute and sweet and overall very positive.  Definitely recommended.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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