How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nikki Baylor had a party at her house and did not stop her friend from posting pictures of a classmate in a compromising situation. To make matters worse, the friend used Nikki’s Facebook account to post the photos and now Nikki has been expelled because of this cyber bullying incident. Nikki has lost her friends and the trust of her parents; she must now go to a new school and decide who she will become. After meeting Pax, a wheelchair bound boy who will not let his disability stop him from playing rugby, she discovers that other people know what it is like to have one bad decision make a mess of their life. Will Nikki get a second chance with a new set of friends? Can she heal the broken relationship with her parents?
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is a stand-alone realistic story that is timely and plausible. Cozzo has developed a cast of characters that are relatable and representative of teens everywhere. The storyline progresses naturally and there are no unnatural revelations that will leave the reader thinking “really?” The novel itself is short and even a reluctant reader will be able to enjoy and finish this tale. Although the main character is female, Pax’s supporting character will have male readers also finding satisfaction with this book.
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