By: Karole Cozzo
Release Date: August 2, 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.
This book bought out so many emotions in me, I felt everything in this book from beginning to end. There are some things that are hard in life to deal with and then there are those that help you get through them, those ties are sacred as they will last a lifetime. I haven’t read anything by this author but now I know I will pick up everything she has written because Karole Cozze did an amazing job telling this story of Nikki and Pax.
We meet Nikki as she is starting a new school after a cyberbullying incident that happened at her old school, let’s just say she was the one who took the fall for it. I will let you judge her on your own though and I will keep my own reservations about the whole situation because sometimes there is more to the story than just the black and white of the situation. No I don’t condone bullying of any type but peer pressure is something kids are faced with on a daily basis, it’s how you handle that and how you come out of it that makes you the person you will be. High school is a hard time for many people but it helps to make us the adults we are today. Sorry got ahead of myself there. Back to the book.
The two characters couldn’t be more different from one another but their current location and situations have put them in the same place and has helped each one grow in different ways. I really enjoyed Pax’s enthusiasm and positivity but no one can hold up that façade forever, sometimes you too have to break down. I think I cried throughout this book so much because I really delve into each persona so much. It really was a very touching book. Their situations were hard, everyone goes through something and it always seems like the biggest thing in their own eyes. It’s tough.
I loved how there were many situations in this book to deal with, you had trust issues with friends, with parents and even yourself. I loved reading about the dynamic of Nikki and her family and how they are ultimately trying to get through things. It was an especially endearing relationship between her and her father. There were many elements to this book though. Dealing with any kind of disability is never simple, bringing someone into the fold is even harder for some people, but it’s the letting in that is the hardest and the most beautiful thing to watch.
I can keep praising this book but really you should read it. It was a quick read, very emotional and it’s a greatly book. It’s not based on real life but things happen and they can happen in reality, not everyone is the same, nor does everyone feel the same way about things but this book will make you feel something, it’s up to you how to take it. I on one hand absolutely loved the book, couldn’t put it down and would read it again and any book written by Karole Cozzo. The cover is also very eye catching and really reflects what is written. Loved it all!
I received this book from NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group (Swoon Reads), so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!