Author: Karole Cozzo
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
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.
I haven't had the chance to real Cozzo's other works yet, but after How to Keep Rolling After a Fall I am really excited to. Though I didn't find How to Keep Rolling After a Fall perfect, I did like the characters and the premise of the story. It was educational as well as smile inducing at moments.
I don't like how the summary described Nikki as a mean girl:
"....shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance...."
I found Nikki to be anything other then a mean girl. Sure, she was involved in that cyber bullying incident but it's not like she walked around tormenting everyone. Others may argue this with me but that's just my opinion. The only thing that makes Nikki bad was those pictures being posted to her Facebook account and not speaking up to her friends on the matter. Though I would describe Nikki now to be more of a person who looks down on herself, and throws herself a constant pity party (Which was irritating.)
But where Nikki was negative, I found Pax to be the complete opposite. Sort of like Ying and Yang. Pax, who is wheel chair bound after a car accident looks at life with a whole new perspective, he is happy to be alive and believes in second chances. Which is exactly what he gives Nikki. A second chance that she needed. He didn't judge her for what happened, he just understood her and didn't judge like many others would have. At times Pax reminded me a little bit of Augustus from The Fault in our Stars. (Only Pax doesn't die on us like Gus did.)
Overall I really did enjoy How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and look forward to Cozzo's future adventures. I took a personal lesson out of this book that you can't beat yourself up for the bad choices you made in the past, you just have to pick yourself up and move on. No matter how hard it may be to do so.