Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

Posted June 21, 2016 in Review / 7 Comments

Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

by Karole Cozzo
Published by Macmillan, Swoon Reads on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 256
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.

Page-Turner YA Romance

Realistic and an impossibly horrible situation – that’s what drew me to this young adult contemporary story of hope and a bit of romance.  I thought, “how could anyone come back from this?”  But being a Swoon Reads title, I thought I’d give this a shot.  Oh, man… I am sooooo glad I did!  This is easily one of my favorite books of the year and it deserves a space in any library’s young adult fiction section!

Nicole works at a nursing and rehabilitation facility where she serves out her community service hours.  She’s been hiding there all summer, trying to forget what she was a part of, how she let it all happen, and the shame she feels.  She’s lost her so-called friends, her parents can’t look her in the eye, and everyone knows what she did.

There’s one person at the facility where Nicole works that will actually tell her what time it is.  Pax has been bound to a wheelchair for the last two years.  His wheelchair rugby team practices at the facility.  He notices Nicole during one of her most “down” moments and by just sitting and talking with her, he lightens her heavy load for just a moment of time.

What drew me to this story was how it was written from the perspective of tormentor, not the victim.  We actually don’t find out what happened, or any details at all, until much later in the story.  I had to keep reading to find out what exactly happened so I could judge Nicole for myself.

But I was getting to know Nicole as judged guilty from the start.  So how do I deal with that in my mind?!?!?  I was kind of admiring how she was dealing with her “sentence”.

But, Nicole wasn’t the perfect reformed “villain”.  From the beginning, all Nicole wants is her “old life” back.  And to me, she seemed very selfish about that.  And to watch how everything enfolded…


And then there’s Pax…  he adds so much to the story.  His job from the start is to help Nicole believe in herself again.  But how can he be so positive?


From the tension of Nicole meeting a girl who’s been bullied herself to dealing with Pax’s paraplegia, I was so engrossed by this extremely well written story.  How the heck is this going to end in a happily ever after????

Just find out for yourself.  I don’t think you’ll regret it.

About Karole Cozzo

Karole lives outside of Philadephia, PA with her loving husband, eternally exuberant little girl, and perpetually pleasant little boy. Hobbies include nursing a persistent Starbucks addition, eating way too much candy, emptying her wallet at Target, spending time with her family, decorating her home, and completing any other crafty project she can think of. Karole has degrees in School Psychology, women's studies, and biology but has never taken a formal creative writing course, although she'd really like to one day.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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