Book Review: PUSH GIRL by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love
CONGRATS, JESSICA and CHELSIE!!!!
Lucky me, I got an early ARC and was able to read it. Before I give my review, here's a blurb of the book.
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.
Co-written by "Push Girls" star Chelsie Hill, whose real life closely mirrors Kara's experience, this novel will open the eyes of readers everywhere who have never met someone who lives with paralysis.
Kara's story goes from normal teenage drama to life altering in a few pages. Through the eyes of a wheelchair bound person, you learn of the physical and emotional struggles most people have never had to go through. The range of emotions Kara experiences as she deals with being paralyzed rings true for the situation. Despite the heavy subject matter, this book conveys the seriousness of Kara's new life without being overly depressing by successfully weaving in sweet, lighthearted moments throughout.
Nothing makes you fly through the pages of a book better than characters that draw you in from the start. this book does a great job at creating such individuality with each character and connecting you to them emotionally. Kara is likable from the first paragraph. Her BFF Amanda is the supporting best friend you'd expect her to be. And Jack, oh man adorable Jack, with his patience and continued support he makes your heart melt.
By the end of the story, Kara realizes the important things in life—paralyzed or not—are friends, family, love and how you chose to live. PUSH GIRL is an honest story that takes you from a place of tragedy to inspiration and not only should teens read this book, adults should too.