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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall


Everyone deserves a second chance.

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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 horrible cyberbullying incident. Now she'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 she meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake shatters your life. He shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.


"You want to hear a dirty little secret?"

I'm smiling again. "Sure."

He hoists a nylon sports bag onto his lap, unzips it, and lifts the top. "I'm addicted to cafeteria Jell-O."

I stare inside the bag, where he must have about a dozen plastic containers squirreled away: lemon-lime, orange, and the coveted black cherry.

"How'd you get your hands on those?" I ask, pointing at the dark red goo. "I've only worked here a few weeks, and I've already seen some wheelchair wars break out over the last container of black cherry."

"I'm not gonna lie. I flirt with Peggy."

Now I laugh for real, throwing my head back, imagining Pax kicking game to the perpetually cranky eighty-year-old cafeteria manager.

"Hey, there's no shame in my game. I love this stuff. And Peggy's actually pretty sweet."

"I don't believe it!"

I'm still laughing and smiling, and Pax nods in the direction of the automatic doors. "Looks like maybe you're ready," he says quietly. "Sometimes you've just got to face the worst head-on. Get it over with."


"Cozzo has created a well-written YA novel featuring a main character with a disability. ... Pax and Nikki’s love story is natural and gradual and feels authentic to the teen experience. Recommended for readers who appreciate tales filled with redemption and forgiveness and positive portrayals of teens and young adults with disabilities." —School Library Journal

"I have read a lot of good books lately and I am not easy to please, but this book was simply fantastic. If you want a cute, emotional, romantic read with some great character development, you’ve found it." —Kookie Krysp Reads

"This book put me through an emotional wringer and never let up. Not only did it make me cry (always a big bonus in my book), but I also found myself laughing at times, getting angry at others, and completely swooning over the plethora of sweet moments between Nikki and Pax. This is the single biggest factor that made this book shine for me—I felt so incredibly emotionally invested in these characters that I felt their every joy and pain." —Feed Your Fiction Addiction

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall's got everything I look for in contemporary YA romance. It’s a perfect mash-up of the thoughtful family dynamic of a Sarah Dessen story, the complex friendships of an Emery Lord novel, and the sexy edginess of a Miranda Kenneally book.” —Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

"Five stars, easily. This is how a Young Adult novel is done. From the writing to the characterization to the plot to the pacing to the message—I recommend it to any teen or anyone with a teen daughter. Just excellent." —Teamskelley, Goodreads Reviewer

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