Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to Push Girl by Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill

I am so thrilled to be celebrating with my friend Jessica Love today as her novel Push Girl is released!  Diversity in books has been a huge topic of conversation lately, and this book provides just that.

From Goodreads:
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.
I can't wait to get my own hands on a copy this week, and I'm thrilled to have already found a copy in my library system's catalog.  If you're looking for a contemporary YA book featuring a diverse set of characters, this is the one.

Click here to see Jessica Love's Goodreads page and click here for her website where you can also find out information about her upcoming projects!

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