July 29, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
How To Keep Rolling After A Fall by Karole Cozzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Source: eArc from Xpresso
Rating: 4,5 hearts
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 a book that makes you think about a lot of things. I have two kids and even if they are young actually, the cyber bullying is a thing that I haven’t when I was young. So the only thing I know about this is what I read and it makes me a little afraid for my kids.
So basically, Nikki does a bad thing or at least she lets her friends do it and it’s only on her that the responsibility falls because it was her computer and her facebook. They destroy a girl life and only one person pays for it. Nikki feels guilty but she’s also alone, she thought that her friends would support her and would admit to be in collusion, but unfortunately the friendship is an overrated thing nowadays. She’s alone in a new college where everyone knows her, the only peace she had is at the community center where she meet Pax.
Pax was in a car accident, he’s responsible for happens to him and now he’s in a wheelchair. He loses a lot of thing in this accident and even if he’s strong some things are missing and he’s afraid. When he meets Nikki, their attraction is mutual, even if he doesn’t want to acknowledge it because he doesn’t want for her to be depriving of certain things because of him.
I like Nikki and Pax, they both have regrets and for Nikki the regret doesn’t come because she lost the privilege she had before, but because she makes a girl suffers and for her it’s not right.
I was very angry at first because teenagers are very hard with each other but cyber bullying is awful, a photo or a video can be post on the net and destroy life. The fact that Nikki protects her friends makes me angry even if I find that brave, I think that for her happiness it’s better like that even if it’s hard. But the real culprit will live her life like nothing happens, like she hadn’t ruined a life and she will probably continue and do it again.
I like the effect Pax has on Nikki, she’s alone because even her parents are disappointed and only Pax helped her and makes her feels alive. With him she wants to live and do what she likes, and she loves to sing, she vibrant when on stage.
This book is a story of acceptation of yourself, a story about second chance and redemption, but also about real friendship with friend who will love you no matter what and support you, of parents who must love their child and knows how to forgive their mistakes.
It’s the first book I read of Karole Cozzo but it won’t be the last because she makes me feels so much things. The characters are perfect in their imperfection, they feel very real and the subject is important in our society, it’s well treated and well written.
Quick Word: A story about second chance and forgiveness who will make you feel a lot of things.
About the Author
KAROLE COZZO is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is her debut novel.