Book Review: How To Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

How To Keep Rolling After a Fall
Author: Karole Cozzo
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: August 2 2016
Review Source: Swoon Reads

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.

Nikki was the top of the food chain in High School. She had a group of close friends who she had thought always had her back. Until one day she let them go too far under her name. Trying to maneuver through life's challenges while not having anyone to turn to, Nikki finds herself isolated. Then Pax shows up and decides that he wants to be the one to give this girl a second chance, if she'll give him a first.

This book shows the trials and tribulations of high school. The wanting and almost need to be popular, and the repercussions when she allows her friends to do something completely horrible. Nikki then becomes a shell of herself, unsure how to get back to who she once was. Without her group of friends standing by her side she learns that High School friendships aren't always what they seem.

Pax then comes rolling into her life. He's the kind of friend we have all wanted, and were lucky to have if we got it. He's charming and caring. The best kind of friend anyone could want. Especially someone who has gone through some hardships. Nikki and Pax become close and their romance blooms. It's an adorable romance that made me feel as though I was reading The Fault In Our Stars. Which scared me because I didn't want either of them to get cancer.

But this book shows Nikki's growth and how we all can grow and change. And that it's okay to do so.

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