This review is part of Read Diverse 2017 and Diversity Bingo.
Push Girl follows the story of Kara, a popular girl at school. She has the hottest boyfriend, cool friends and is a shoe-in for homecoming queen. But then one night she gets into a car accident which leaves her paraplegic and forcing her to begin using a wheelchair.
I’ve mentioned this in a previous post I think, but I’m a recently converted Gleek and my favourite character is Artie, the wheelchair kid (because 1: he is an incredible singer, 2: such a sweet and funny character, and 3: hot damn). So ever since I started binge-watching the show, the issue of physical disability and wheelchair-bound people has really come to my attention. Like last summer I was in town a lot and noticed so many people in wheelchairs – whether it was an unusually large influx or I’ve just been noticing it more, I don’t know. So anyway, these stories really interest me and I was considering using an Artie fanfiction to cover this base but you know, I should probably broaden my horizons than just Glee. So.
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice light read. It was interesting to see the struggles Kara went through as someone who didn’t even know this world of disabled people even existed (Kara, not me). I like her character development and how she learns to bite her tongue in necessary times and her comebacks became a little wittier.
I really liked the character of Amanda but I wish we could’ve gotten more out of her. I feel like she had so much more unseen potential to be more gutsy.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, but I wish it’d been longer or denser. I want to learn more about this subject and I don’t feel like I got anything new from this book. That being said, I do still recommend this, whether you are in a wheelchair or you’ve never met anyone like that in your life. It’s not too difficult of a read. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 (I feel like 3’s too harsh but 4’s too generous).
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