Published by Swoon Reads on August 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
Cards on the table, I loved this book. I don’t know if it was the redemptive tale, the realistic characters, or the absolutely enviable romance – but I fell in love with this book. How To Keep Rolling After A Fall is about Nikki (now going by Nicole) trying to come to terms with being an accomplice in a serious cyberbullying incident. She meets Pax, a former water polo player now paraplegic, while completing her community service at a rehab facility. Pax looks at her without judgement for her past deeds, and Nikki feels drawn to his honesty and straightforwardness. Pax is now a rugby player, and demonstrates a level of positivity towards life that helps Nikki move forward. She is struggling with her family, she is at a new school for her senior year, and until meeting Pax, feels very much alone.
I particularly liked that the author chose not to shy away from Pax’s injury, or the very personal struggles he is going through. Pax was a great character, very complex. He still struggles with his day-to-day reality and the things that he misses. The conversations he and Nikki have about their lives, and feelings were ultimately always grounded in reality.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I enjoyed reading it so much that I had wished I had read it slower to properly savour it. I have not read books by Cozzo before, but I will be sure to look at her backlist, and eagerly await any new ones she has coming.