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Push Girl

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  331 Ratings  ·  86 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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Jun 14, 2015 Jessica added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Chelsie and I had a lot of fun working on this book! We really hope you enjoy reading about Kara and her journey!
Lauren Szczepaniak
Jun 13, 2014 Lauren Szczepaniak rated it it was amazing
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
Robin (jason&robin)
May 02, 2014 Robin (jason&robin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2014-books
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
Jun 04, 2014 Donald Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 27, 2016 Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shelves: 10-kindle

Sweet and inspiring story.

A very recommendable read if you are interested in that genre

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Katy Upperman
May 22, 2014 Katy Upperman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 13, 2014 Suz rated it really liked 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
Apr 10, 2014 Jaye rated it it was amazing
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
Jade Fey
Jun 06, 2014 Jade Fey rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2014 Jina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Nov 24, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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.
May 12, 2014 Ashly rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*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
Feb 15, 2015 Ann Valdez rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2014 Marlene rated it it was amazing
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 06, 2016 Haley rated it liked it
A high-school girl named Kara thinks she has the perfect life and it all figured out. She is obsessed with her perfect jock boyfriend Kurt, is an amazing dancer, and is now one of the most popular girls in school. When she scores an invite to the coolest back to school party's all she can do is look forward to it especially because all she needs is to get her parents constant fighting off her mind. Kara sees her arch rival Jenny Rodgers throwing herself at her boyfriend Kurt, and she storms out ...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)
May 02, 2014 Jess (Shepherdjel) rated it really liked it
Shelves: nestie-books
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.
Jul 06, 2014 Les rated it really liked it
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 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
Jan 08, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Zoe Mark
Jul 02, 2014 Zoe Mark rated it really liked it
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
Karla Burrow
Jan 29, 2016 Karla Burrow rated it liked it
I liked this story, but some of the characters in here really upset me. Firstly, Kara's mom's attitude toward her daughter was atrocious. When Kara came home, her mom acted like if she just touched her daughter she would end up just like Kara. Also Kara's boyfriend, Curt, the way he treated her made me really upset. Then her English teacher, the things he said about Kara running for homecoming queen was a mistake due to the fact that she was in a wheel chair.
Over all, I truly enjoyed this book.
Dec 09, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-work
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.
Brittany Bush
Apr 22, 2014 Brittany Bush rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
Shelves: ya, z_15
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
Nov 11, 2014 Sasha rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank my old student (NH) for suggesting this book to me because I loved it.
Kelvin Reed
Feb 01, 2016 Kelvin Reed rated it liked it
"Push Girl" is a YA novel about the drastic changes in the life of a high school senior who finds herself confined to a wheelchair after a car accident. Kara’s dreams of becoming a dancer end permanently and her relationships with her boyfriend, friends and family are drastically altered. The prose is simple and sometimes meandering but the story itself is timely and interesting. The novel is co-written by Chelsea Hill, who lost her ability to walk while in high school after getting in a car dri ...more
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