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Push Girl

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  97 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 unscripted series Push Girls, based on her own life

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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 11th 2014)
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Jul 20, 2013 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
May 20, 2014 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
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Sweet and inspiring story.

A very recommendable read if you are interested in that genre
Jul 22, 2013 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
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
Donald Kirby
May 19, 2014 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
Mar 18, 2014 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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am looking forward to seeing this reality television show on Sundance. This is the story of how drunk driving is to be taken more seriously, and have harsher consequences.
I never did say in this book, if the main character could have sued the drunk drivers family.
Mar 28, 2014 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
Katy Upperman
Jul 20, 2013 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
May 31, 2014 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
Dec 31, 2013 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
Sep 12, 2013 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 18, 2014 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 this on
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
*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
Jess (Shepherdjel)
Jul 25, 2013 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.
Dec 09, 2013 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. ...more
Jul 20, 2013 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!
Everyone needs to read this book. For so many reasons. I loved it!
Nov 22, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid story detailing how life changes for Kara after her car accident.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank my old student (NH) for suggesting this book to me because I loved it.
Kayli Loonam
Sep 27, 2019 is currently reading it
Push girl is an amazing fighter, Something big happens and She goes through a lot of struggles of being injured very badly. Push girl is only in highschool, family was very supportive. She has friends and family by her side, After a month of being out of school she is back and ready to go and try to fit in. I really liked the book, so much detail and my emotions for the book were up and down sad and happy. I really couldn't wait to see what happens next. What a great book, I highly recommend the ...more
Wonderful to see people with disabilities represented as complex beings, complete with passion and jealousy and teen angst and real dreams and comorbid depression and high school drama and messy home lives. While I cringed at Kara's neatly rapid transition from hospital bed (post-two-week-coma) to wheelchair to home, it didn't really distract from the story. The story is wonderfully tender and sensitive. It only distracted me as a medical professional who has worked with spinal cord injury patie ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story of how Kara adjusts to life in a wheelchair is co-written by the young woman on whose life the story is based. In addition to sharing the experience of being in a wheel chair, the author brought to life all the normal high school concerns Kara was balancing at the same time. In some stories, teen drama can drive me crazy, but here, it was written in a way that brought me back to that time and made me empathize with the Kara. The ending to this story wrapped up surprisingly neatly, but ...more
Kinzie Mackey
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely DEVOURED this book! It was a very important story, and it really made me think, as well as opened my eyes to different perspectives. I love when that happens! The main character, Kara Moore, was very funny and witty! I also loved how the portrayal of her accident seemed very real and human, and easy to understand and relate to. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book and thought the relationships were very important as well. I didn't want it to end because I really liked Kara's ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Written by a woman who uses a wheelchair and who started the Push Girls dance team, this book authentically portrays the emotional journey of a teen girl who is a dancer until a drunk driver plows into her car. It doesn't get into the messy physical details (e.g. bathroom issues), but focuses on the path to acceptance and adaptation. The main character is lucky to have two very caring friends to help her. ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: realistic fiction, based on a true story, YA
Disabled character(s): Kara, the main character
Disability type: spinal cord injury, uses a wheelchair

Notes: The author is the founder of Walk and Roll, a nonprofit that raises awareness of spinal cord injuries and helps people who have them. Also the story features side character Ana, a hispanic middle schooler who Kara meets in physical therapy.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ok-ish book for pre-teens and high-schoolers. (I was not the target reader.) Story was too sappy, inspirational and happy go lucky for me, didn't delve into the true emotions/difficulties that come from a spinal chord injury ...more
I put this on my TBR during diversity bingo 2017 and thought it was a memoir until I got it in the mail earlier this year. This book is fairly typical for its (sub-)genre but did ultimately convince me in the last 80 pages.
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