PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
DATE PUBLISHED: 11th March 2014
Kara is a high school junior who’s loving life. She’s popular, has a great group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she’s a shoe-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents can’t stop fighting and her ex-boyfriend can’t seem to leave her alone, Kara won’t let anything get in the way of her perfect year. It’s Friday night, and Kara arrives at a party, upset after hearing her parents having another one of their awful fights, and sees another girl with her hands all over her boyfriend. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she’s crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver’s side of Kara’s car.
When Kara wakes up, she has no memory of the night before. Where is she? Why are her parents crying? And, most importantly — why can’t she feel her legs? As Kara is forced to adjust to her new life, where her friends aren’t who they seemed to be and her once-adoring boyfriend is mysteriously absent, she starts to realize that what matters in life isn’t what happens to you — it’s the choices you make and the people you love.
A motivating and compelling story following a realistic account of the impact of Spinal Cord Injury on everyday life. This book is able to maintain this realistic as it is an Own Voices book.
Kara’s life is overturned when she is in a car accident and is left paralysed below the waist. Kara then must learn to accept what has happened and continue with her life. I found the recollection of the difficulties of overcoming both her physical and mental struggles to be a particularly endearing aspect of the book. The impact Kara has on the people around her and their support of Kara was a beautiful element.
I loved reading this book and recommend that everyone read this. A YA book with an impact that needs to be circulated. It was amazing to read about Kara and her experience about a Push Girl.
Keep Calm and Read On,