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Author: Friend, Natasha
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780374305666
Grades: Grades 9 to12

How We Roll

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Award-winning author Natasha Friend portrays the challenges faced by teens with disabilities in a realistic coming-of-age novel, narrated by an athletic freshman named Quinn. Quinn, who has an autistic brother and very supportive parents, also has an autoimmune disorder called alopecia that caused her to lose all her hair. Betrayed, abandoned, bullied and ridiculed by her old friends, Quinn gets a fresh start in a new town and school, offering her a chance to reinvent herself. Nick, a football star and bilateral leg amputee from a devastating accident caused by his brother, finds a connection with Quinn  and through texting and chatting they become a source of strength to each other as they face believable hurdles and strive to overcome their personal obstacles. Flashbacks flesh out the story, with Quinn’s journey passing through a spectrum of emotions, from denial, to anger, depression, and fear of discovery.Their relationship gradually unfolds and a possibility of romance is revealed as they find the courage to embrace their new realities in this honest account of disabilities and the stigmas attached to them. Occasional foul language and explicit sexual references make this a mature young adult recommendation for readers of diverse fiction who will be captured by this insightful and touching story of family, friendship, acceptance and resilience.

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