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Gr 8 Up—High school junior Kara is popular with the "right" people, has a to-die-for athletic boyfriend, and is sure to be her school's next homecoming queen. However, when she learns that her parents are contemplating a divorce, she drives off recklessly in her car and ends up in a debilitating accident. Paralyzed from the waist down, Kara's dreams of being a dancer are totally dashed, and her in-crowd friends and boyfriend are nowhere to be found. Instead, it is her lifelong friend Amanda (whom she has recently ignored) and her ex-boyfriend Jack who devote themselves to helping her find meaning in life once again. Kara attempts to do something positive with her losses by becoming a "push girl" (one who faces adversity and comes out swinging), and her sense of personal worth soars, despite her diminished mobility. Star of the TV series Push Girls, Hill endured the same type of injury which her protagonist undergoes and also founded the Walk and Roll Foundation that Kara initiates in the novel to aid people with spinal cord injuries. The writing duo's personal experiences informed the realistic dialogue and fully developed main character (secondary characters are not as developed). Although the ending is predictable, both Kara's accepting her fate and the ups and downs of her relationships with family and friends will keep the attention of teens. The use of text messaging adds currency to the story, while the narrator's typical adolescent behavior will ring true for this audience. This tearjerker is sure to be popular with readers.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

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“A light, ultimately upbeat look at life after spinal cord injury.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A tender, inspirational, and, most of all, important story about courage and adversity and never losing sight of who you are.” ―Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List

Push Girl's Kara doesn't want to be an inspiration, but she (and author Chelsie Hill) are exactly that in this honest, feisty, and painfully real story of one girl's adjustment to life on two wheels.” ―Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist and author of The Queen of Everything

Push Girl is more than a survival story; it's about the power of turning pain and anger into hope and inspiration. Filled with heart and humor, it's an unforgettable, moving read.” ―Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Time Between Us

“A compelling journey into Kara's unforeseen, life-altering event and a revealing look at society's various reactions to the physically challenged. It's a story of love, desire and regret, tragedy, loss and triumph, of those who stand with you through the darkness and others who can't, or simply won't. Kara's journey to build a new normal is a wrenching but ultimately triumphant one of strength, determination and heart. Go, Kara!” ―Laura Weiss, author of Such a Pretty Girl


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  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EX0Y0CC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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