Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Push Girl - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Kara seems to have everything going for her.  She’s popular, has an amazing boyfriend and loves to dance.  One night, when she sees another girl flirting with her boyfriend, she storms out and goes for a drive.  But her life changes forever when a drunk driver slams into her.  The next thing she knows, she is laying in a hospital bed wondering why she can’t feel her legs.  Now paralyzed, she has to learn to deal with her disability.  With her life all planned out and focused around dance, she needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life now that dance is no longer an option.  Throughout the book, you will go on an emotional journey as Kara learns to deal with and accept her new life, the highs, the lows, the struggles and the triumphs. 

Although I don’t tend to read or review young adult books, I felt that the message this one portrays is one worthy of discussion.  As a mother to three young adults, something unfortunate as what happened to Kara, is something that’s always in the back of my mind.  No matter how responsible or careful one is, you have no control over others on the road.  It broke my heart that she had to go through such a struggle, but I found myself rooting for her emotional and physical acceptance and future success. 

Although this book is fictitious, it was inspired by the true story of co-author, Chelsie Hill.  She writes from the heart with such raw emotion and feelings that you feel like you’re living the story along with her.   This book isn’t just for those living with a disability, but anyone who can relate to having your life change in an instant. 
About the Authors:
CHELSIE HILL was a high school senior when she was driven home by a friend who had been drinking. Their SUV veered off the road and crashed into a tree, snapping Chelsie’s back and paralyzing her from the waist down. With her father, she went on to establish a nonprofit foundation, The Walk and Roll Foundation, to aid people with spinal cord injuries.

Connect with Chelsie at:
JESSICA LOVE is a middle school English teacher who lives in Southern California with her husband and their two tiny dogs. She's working on her Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University, and her big love is contemporary YA romance. Jessica spends all of her free money on concerts, constantly tries to prove that blondes have more fun, and is pretty much always on the internet. 

Co-written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel's reality TV show Push Girls, Jessica's debut novel PUSH GIRL is out June 3, 2014 from St. Martin's/Thomas Dunne. IN REAL LIFE, a story about online friendship and love, comes out in 2015. 

Connect with Jessica at:

Enter to win 1 of 2 print copies of Push Girl,
courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment:

  1. This sounds so interesting! It reminds me of a book I read as a kid called "Izzy Willy Nilly."