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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 ratings  ·  216 reviews
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 i
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Swoon Reads
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** I received this book through NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review **

"Oh no!" You're thinking. "An overly critical writer- she's just looking for something wrong with this book!" Let me start off with the fact that I doubted my own opinion when I saw the high rating for this book. In fact, I doubted my own opinion to the point where I went out and asked the opinions of multiple people in wheelchairs and I've come to this conclusion:

This book is
Read this for trade review, but in short: it's a mess of disability inspiration porn and you need to run the other way. y i k e s.

Full review here:
Jaime Arkin
Karole Cozzo has officially made her way onto my auto buy list! I remember reading How To Say I Love You Outloud last year and absolutely loving it, so How To Keep Rolling After A Fall was very high on my list of books that I wanted to get my hands on!

Cozzo writes with such emotion and feeling and I find myself connecting with characters that I honestly think I wouldn’t have if someone else had written them.

Take our MC Nikki Baylor for example. She used to be queen bee at her school, but an inc
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is definitely one of my favourite books of the year. It is educational, yet entertaining and contains a character in a wheelchair who has got to be one of the most positive people ever. There are themes of loss, but the book is more about getting back on your feet. This is such an important book that everyone should read!

This book has such an inspiring concept! Basically, a girl meets a boy in a wheelchair who completely changes her
♛ may

This is the book I've been searching forrr!!!

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall deals with a cyber bullying incident that leaves our main character, Nikki Baylor, expelled, friendless, and feeling like an utter disappointment. Until she meets Pax, a former water polo champion - that is in wheelchair.

Everything about this book is perfect. From the realistic-mistake-making characters, to Pax's high-spirited and lovable personality, this book is motivation and inspiring, belting the message that
Katie ♡
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3,5/4 stars

Okay, let's get this straight. I have read many reviews about the book, quite a few of them are negative ones actually, and it makes me build up my own offence against it.

Undoubtedly, from the very beginning of the book, a lot of details start to make absolute no sense. First of all, I am utterly annoyed with the main character Nikki. Hell, the development of these characters, specifically her and Pax are furious, which makes it difficult to understand, and there comes the reason for
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
****4.5 Stars****

This book was decently the most relatable book I have read all year, and not counting that the MC and I share the same name! This book made me laugh, cry, and smile like crazy, it was amazing.

Anyway, this book is about Nicole, a girl who was involved in a cyberbullying incident that left her expelled from school. While working at a rehab center she meets Pax, a young man that is in a wheelchair due to a car accident. This leads to a relationship that takes a real world view and
Kimberly Karalius
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Many of my fellow swooners, including my editor, warned me about how quickly I would fall for Pax once I started reading HOW TO KEEP ROLLING AFTER A FALL, but omg, they were not lying!

Karole Cozzo is ridiculously good at writing swoonworthy boys. FACT.

Of course, a super hot guy in a wheelchair is not the only reason that this book is full of so much heart Despite Nikki being a bully caught in the act, I liked her right away and could sympathize with how her family treated her (esp her father)
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers and older; some mature subject matters are addressed
An excellent read for Y.A. readers and older. It contains important messages about the consequences of cyber-bullying, but has an unusual twist. The narrator is one of several girls who participate in such an incident, but when it results in the attempted suicide of their victim, Nikki is the only one who has to take the fall because the prank was done on her computer. Her life instantly changes, and Nikki is treated like a criminal by everyone she once held dear.
I was very impressed with this s
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nope
3.5 stars
Okay this was such a cliché cheesy contemporary novel. Don't get me wrong,ya contemporary is actually my favorite genre only if the book has a good story line. This....this book didn't have all!!
I should've had realized it by reading the blurb but I didn't which was very dumb of me...
It's actually got the most basic story line! Guy and girl meet randomly. Guy and girl become friends. Guy and girl fall in love. Guy and girl break up and then make up, making their so-called 'love'
Laurence R.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dying-to-read

WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! I absolutely loved it.

I've had my eye on this novel for quite some time now, but I never got around to reading it. Now that I finally read it, I wish I had picked it up even earlier, because I experienced so many emotions while reading this, it was crazy.

I was expecting to really dislike the main character, Nikki, since she's done awful things, but I was perfectly able to forgive her. I'm quite a forgiving person, so it helped, but I also think that seeing her side of
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
It was kinda cute, but nothing outstanding. Also, I thought that whilst there were some serious topics mentioned in the book, and which were relevant to the characters, they just weren't dealt with that much.

Everything about this book was a cliche. Normally that is my jam, but in this book it just felt cringey & cheesy & awkward. Also, everything just worked out too perfectly. There was only like two chapters with actual drama, the rest was just Nikki wallowing in self pity or being pathetic an
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advanced copy from Indigo in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version. **

This book.
My emotions.
New book boyfriend: Pax♥.

Once I started How to Keep Rolling After a Fall I couldn't stop. Seriously, 3:50AM I tweeted saying I needed to stop reading. I was at page 218/247. I ended up brining the book with me into my room (horrible idea) with the intentions of finishing it when I woke up.
rachel ☾
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is another one of those contemporary romances that attempted to do something fresh and exciting, but didn’t achieve any of what it set out to do. It was more than just a little bit meh. It was completely dull. I didn’t connect with a single character and the writing style was so darn irritating. It grated my nerves throughout the whole book! But looking at all the fabulous reviews surrounding this book, I’m starting to think I am one of the few that think this. L ...more
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

To quote one of my favorite book-dogs, Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go: Poo, Todd.

So I really wanted to love this book. Because I love YA Contemporary and this one sounded great. I also love the cover. I didn't have high expectations because I tend to do that when it's a new-to-me author. And it didn't even manage to meet my low expectations. I was severely disappointed. I am not happy right now. This story had a lot of potential. A mean gir
Blake Norby
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a hard one to determine a rating for. I absolutely hated the writing. It seemed so much like a 40 something year old trying to write like a teenager, and there were a lot of pop culture references I feel like someone googled "where do teens shop?" or "what band do teens like?" So that all bothered me a lot and I found it really hard to get past the horrible writing and out of touch point of view.

I found Nikki to be pretty whiny with very few redeemable qualities. She never seemed to be
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
I read this book pretty early before its pub date mostly because I wanted something short for a long car ride I had. This seemed like it would work ok. Well, it worked PERFECT. Not only was did I have a 2 hour ride each way for my little trip but I was headed down by the Jersey Shore - where the book takes place. I am pretty sure it was meant to be!

After being involved in a cyber-bullying incident, Nikki is doing all the things she has to from the incident which includes community servic
Lynda Dickson
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Shelves: young-adult
While doing community service at a rehabilitation center, Nikki meets Pax, a wheelchair rugby player. Nikki's story is revealed slowly, but we eventually find out that she was expelled from her school for the part she played in an incident of cyber bullying. Now, ostracized by her friends and family, Nikki struggles to find a fresh start in her new school. She meets Sam, who was herself the victim of cyber bullying, but what will happen when Sam finds out about Nikki's dirty little secret? As Ni ...more
Danika Stone
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd enjoy How to Keep Rolling After a Fall - because I'd loved K. Cozzo's debut novel - How To Say I Love You Out Loud, but I hadn't anticipated just how hard I'd fall for her two unlikely mains, Pax, a young wheelchair-bound man, and Nikki, a young woman in the aftermath of a bullying situation. Wow! Pax and Taylor's chemistry was amazing, and the heartbreaking couldn't / shouldn't push / pull between them kept me turning pages faster and faster. That's not to say this book doesn't have ...more
Andrea Manzanilla
May be one of my favorite contemporaries I've read. I didn't have a lot of expectations but what a surprise it gave me.

The characters have flaws and are full of mistakes. And in consequence of those mistakes they're dealing with difficult situations.

It's a quick read that doesn't leave you indifferent. It talks about a romance we don't see in YA and deals it in a good way.

Obviously I loved Pax, how couldn't I? And Nikki was a great protagonist who grew as the book progress.

Bullying, cyberbul
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

My, my, this was a sneaky little book. When I read the synopsis, I was expecting to laugh, swoon, and maybe even cry a little bit. And while I did do all of those things, I didn't do them for the reasons I expected.


Cyber bullying is a big deal. There is simply so excuse for doing something as awful as posting sexual
Rhea Dsouza
How To Keep Rolling After A Fall is one of those books that reminds me why I prefer to read YA and adore it more than any other genre. You see, protagonists in YA have this charm and innocence that comes with youth, and the antagonists in YA are all capable of a total 180, ultimately becoming heroes of their own stories. There are no “good” or “bad” people in YA, only young people who can sometimes think they are invincible—and so make mistakes. I’d like to think that this is exactly the message ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I wanted to give this book a fpur but I cant because the book blurb is not the center plot.

Nikki is punished because lewd photos of a classmate were uploaded on her Facebook account.Her friends let her take the fall, the judge only punishes her and her family ignore her.

I wanted more of the fallout, her confronting her friends and moe focus on cyberbullying ruining lies.

Instead we get a sweet love story. Nikki is struggling to put her life. back together fit into a new high school and community
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was introduced to Karole Cozzo through Netgalley when I read her first book… and I LOVED it! I even went out afterwards to buy it. I was so excited for her next book and immediately bought this when it came out. It took me longer to actually get to it (TBR lists that never end!) BUT I finally did and boy do I regret waiting. I love Cozzo’s writing style and how it elicits so much emotions. I don’t really have anything in common with Nikki, nothing at all really. However, I was able to connect ...more
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-bfs


It takes real guts for an author to write a story about a main character who is not supposed to be liked. But I admire her for being able to tap inside Nikki's head and then leave us reflecting on what kind of people we are and what is it that makes us, us.

First and foremost, PAX. I have found a new book boyfriend and he is seriously everything! A horrible accident has left Pax in a wheelchair, and God, he embraces his life and looks at all the good rather than bad and I couldn't
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Cassie C
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Review to come!

Update 7/2/16:

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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This was my first book from Karole Cozzo, and I would definitely be interested in checking out more from her in the future. As a whole, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall is a solid YA story that will inspire many teens (and even adults) to appreciate what they have in life, and remember not to take things for grante
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book was so much more than I expected it to be. At its heart, this is a story of redemption and forgiveness and finding your way past your worst choices. And, let's face it, we all have choices we regret - it's how we deal with them that matters.

The synopsis does a great job of describing the plot, so I'll jump right into my review.

What Fed My Addiction:

All the feels.
This book put me through an emotional wringer
T.H. Hernandez
This is such a sweet, moving story. Nikki made one bad choice that seriously damaged the life of another girl, and she's paying the price. It's hard to feel sorry for her at first. Until you find out she didn't act alone, but she's the only one who's life has been turned upside down. Nikki accepts her punishment but feels it's unfair that her co-conspirators basically got off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. She spends a short amount of time feeling sorry for herself before she picks ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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