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Push Girl

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  230 ratings  ·  68 reviews
An inspiring, real, and fresh young adult novel about how life can change in an instant by Chelsie Hill, one of the stars Sundance Channel's unscriptedseries Push Girls, based on her own life

Kara is a high school juniorwho's loving life. She's popular, has agreat group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she's a shoe-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents ca
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 11th 2014)
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Apr 04, 2014 Jessica added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Chelsie and I had a lot of fun working on this book! We really hope you enjoy reading about Kara and her journey!
Robin (jason&robin)
I had the pleasure of getting an ARC of this book. I really enjoyed reading it. It was very uplifting and had a positive message. There are so many YA books out there that focus on dysfunction and it was a breath of fresh air to read such an encouraging book. I hope many teens will read this book and change their outlook on drunk and distracted driving.

I look forward to reading more books from Jessica Love. =)

P.S. I <3<3<3 Jack. sigh
Donald Kirby
Where do I even start? Yes, this book is fictional. However, it was made from real life. Kara the main person of this novel looses the use of her legs in a drunk driving accident. Throughout the made up story of Kara you see how she deals with the life change.

Dancing was all Kara knew, and she also had the best boyfriend ever. Until the night of the crash, after leaving a party. When Kara finally wakes she learns her life will forever be changed, Kara first feels undoubtably disconnected. You s
Lauren Szczepaniak
This book is now my favorite book in the world. I was so happy to receive an advanced reading copy of this book from Chelsie at the New Jersey Abilities Expo! Ever since Chelsie has been on the show Push Girls she has always inspired me and now that she has put her inspiring story into a book, is just amazing. I am in a wheelchair just like Kara. This book put my whole life and what I have gone through into words. I had read this book in two days and I just couldn't put it down. Whenever I had ...more
Dana Elmendorf
Kara's story goes from normal teenage drama to life altering in a few pages. Through the eyes of a wheelchair bound person, you learn of the physical and emotional struggles most people have never had to go through. The range of emotions Kara experiences as she deals with being paralyzed rings true for the situation. Despite the heavy subject matter, this book conveys the seriousness of Kara's new life without being overly depressing by successfully weaving in sweet, lighthearted moments through ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like Kara was a real person, not some kind of caricature. Not only did the book feature a main character with a disability, other characters were different (Curt is half Chinese.) I liked how Kara and her old friends reunited. Both Amanda and Jack were very likable. One of my favorite parts was when Kara realized that in moving Kara's room, her mom would have found all kinds of embarrassing things. Very funny, but also something I think most of us as teenagers ...more
Elizabeth Briggs
This is a great book for teens and adults alike because it shows the life of someone who is disabled after a terrible accident, but never gets too preachy or too depressing. There are so few books about teens in wheelchairs (or with any disability, really), and reading this completely opened my eyes to what life might be like for someone in Kara's position. Though the book is sad at times, it's also funny and romantic and sweet, and ultimately hopeful and empowering. Definitely recommended for a ...more
Really enjoyed this book even though I don't tend to be huge into YA fiction (with the exception of some of the bigger series that have been out over the years--Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc...). I definitely flew through this book and could barely put it down. I loved the subject. As a pediatric nurse practitioner I work with a lot of kids/teens that have found themselves in unfathomably situations. I felt like the character in this book was very realistic and Jessica was really abl ...more
Katy Upperman
Oh, this book! I have so much love for it – not to mention its co-author, my friend and fellow Bookanista, Jessica Love. I cannot wait for June 3rd, when the world will finally meet courageous, determined Kara and her fabulous friends!

At first glance, Push Girl is simply an issue book. Kara’s been dealt an incredibly challenging hand and she’s facing all sorts of struggles, struggles the average person’s probably never even considered. But this novel is so much more than the issues it covers. It
Let me start off by saying that I am not a big chick-lit fan, I don't watch a lot of Lifetime television (or similar channels), and I am not a big cryer, but... This book had me going through the tissues rather quickly. Written by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love, the story is inspired by Chelsie's real life experiences. The protagonist, Kara, is a gifted dancer whose car is hit by a drunk driver and she wakes up in the hospital with a severe spinal injury and no feeling in her legs. The story of h ...more
I flew through this book! Jessica Love (along with Chelsie Hill) has told a story that is, on the one hand, all of the normal things you'd expect in a very school/teen focused contemporary, but on the other hand, a valuable look into the life of a young person when they find out they've had a spinal cord injury that leaves them paralyzed. Never didactic, this story spun out Kara's life in a way that made me feel grief stricken, then heartbroken, then still heartbroken (even when I knew the MC Ka ...more
Baby T-Rex
I wasn't sure if I would like this one because I can't stand issue books or dark and depressing YA contemporary books - but I'm so glad I gave this book a chance, because it wasn't either of those things. I loved Kara's voice because she actually reads like a real teenager who goes through both normal teen stuff (parents fighting, sucky boyfriends, mean girls at school), but also has to deal with life after a horrible accident that leaves her paralyzed. The book made me tear up at times (a rare ...more
I will try by best not to include spoilers:

Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love is about a teen high school student named Kara. As if growing up and finding yourself is not a challenge in its self, she must learn to overcome a whole new set of challenges after a stranger impacted her life in ways she had never imagined.

I personally loved this book! While I cannot relate to this character entirely. I can relate to her in a lot of ways. I think their should be more books out there like thi
It's nice to read a YA book that's not about mean girls and sex and dysfunction. This book seemed a lot more real than most of the 90210-type YA out there right now, and it was wonderful for that.
*I received a free ARC from goodreads first reads*

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I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this since I'd never read anything about paralysis before but I was pleasantly surprised. Our narrator, Kara, is likable enough and I thought the way she handled her disability and other struggles was pretty realistic. She seemed whiny at times, but this is a seventeen year old girl who just lost the use of her legs, so that's totall
Ann Valdez
This is a great book, but I found a few unrealistic occurences. Maybe I am wrong, but I am open to people who have been through these experiences correcting me.

Would parents and a school really be totally unprepared for a student to return to school in a wheelchair? Would they not make plans for where to sit in class and how to enter the school area from the parking lot? I have taught in various schools and I have never been around a teacher as insensitive as Kara's English teacher. If teachers
Marlene Engel
Kara seems to have everything going for her. She’s popular, has an amazing boyfriend and loves to dance. One night, when she sees another girl flirting with her boyfriend, she storms out and goes for a drive. But her life changes forever when a drunk driver slams into her. The next thing she knows, she is laying in a hospital bed wondering why she can’t feel her legs. Now paralyzed, she has to learn to deal with her disability. With her life all planned out and focused around dance, she needs to ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Anja marked it as to-read
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. F ...more
Jess (Shepherdjel)
This was a Goodreads win! Push Girl is a very touching and moving story! An amazing look on a life that was one day shattered, how life can change in an instant. I really enjoyed this and loved watching Kara transform, but I just wish there was a little more. I can only imagine something like this and the struggles and obstacles that Kara encountered, but felt that this focused more on the emotional.
My only complaint was that the story totally glossed over her rehabilitation. She's unconscious for 2 weeks, eventually recuperates to the point where she's heading to her 1st PT session, then it jumps to her going home. It would have been nice to know she reacted to all the changes in the activities of daily living she had to make (bathing, dressing, etc.)...did she throw herself into rehab, did she sulk and feel sorry for herself, was she a total bitch to anyone that tried to help her?

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I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!

I found the story of Kara, a 17 year old girl who was a dancer until she was paralyzed in a freak accident, to be compelling and inspirational. She not only had to deal with the anguish of losing her mobility, and her greatest joy of dancing, but also with the fact that her parents are fighting loudly and constantly. Somehow she is able to conquer her pain and her fear, and go on with her life. Plus I really liked her fascination with researc
Zoe Mark
I got this book at a book convention. I had heard about the TV show Push Girls and it seemed interesting to me although I have never watched it. Normally I am wary of Tv show to book conversions but I was excited to read this and had very high hopes for it. It turns out that it did not meet all of my expectation but it was still a good read. The main character is Kara, she has the perfect boyfriend and loves to dance, when she is on her way home from a party a drunk driver hits her and leaves he ...more
Great story with interesting characters. To use Kara's least favorite word, it was inspirational. A strong female teenager who goes through a terrible accident and discovers her strengths and who her real friends are.
Taryn Brittany
A compelling and important read full of raw, honest emotions. Kara's journey was heartbreaking at times but ultimately hopeful. I think this will have high teen appeal!
Mar 24, 2015 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 15, ya
Hey, this is pretty good.

I like how how gradually Kara begins to own her life. Amanda's great. Jack, yeah, if the HS girls don't fall in love with Jack, I don't know what they want in life cause he's all sorts of supportive and awesome.

Spot on with all the little details--what it's like to be stared at, the "inspirational" comments, the head tilt, etc.

A conversation with her mom later in the book could have happened. But, maybe not? The general tone is straightforward and upbeat, it's a quick
I would like to thank my old student (NH) for suggesting this book to me because I loved it.
Everyone needs to read this book. For so many reasons. I loved it!
Melissa Buell
I enjoyed PUSH GIRL very much. I'm so impressed how Hill and Love were able to convey such a deep subject matter as drunk driving into an easily readable book. Drunk driving has personally impacted my family and remains an important issue to me.
I love how real Kara is in the book. She doesn't see how strong she is and doesn't understand why people say that she is strong. She's just trying to go on with her new life. There are many adjustments as she acclimates to her new normal. All in all, very
Aug 05, 2014 Janell added it
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Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
Wow I don't even know where to start with this book.

Kara is a high school junior. She is popular, belongs to a 'great' group of friends, and is also nominated to become the homecoming queen. Besides having a hectic home life, with her parents constant fighting - Kara does have one big love in her life that keeps her happy. Kara is a dancer. Dancing is practically her life, so when one tragic night a drunk driver hit her car and she comes out paralyzed - it feels like her entire world if about t
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