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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy Release Day, Push Girl

I am wearing a party hat.

I am wearing a party hat, which I don’t do for just anyone because that string really starts to itch after a while and I start to feel a little ridiculous and the hat always slides down my head as if my skull is roller coaster–shaped. But I’m wearing it because one of my friends is celebrating the release of her book and I am festive on her behalf.

Today I can finally buy Jessica Love’s YA novel Push Girl, co-written by Chelsie Hill. I love that this is about a girl disabled after an accident. I can’t wait to read about a girl who’s paralyzed from the waist down and stuck in a wheelchair—no miraculous recovery but a pretty sucky situation that this teen’s forced to deal with.

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.
Because Jessica is a former YA Confidential operative, we’re giving away a hardcover copy of the book. Check out the giveaway here.

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