How We Roll
After developing alopecia Quinn lost her friends along with her hair and former football player Jake lost his legs and confidence after an accident, but the two help each other believe in themselves and the possibility of love.
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||Children / Young Adults
||Children / Young Adults
|Library of Congress
||People with disabilities, Family life - Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Dating (Social customs), High school students
||Young Adult Fiction
Description of this Book
Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she's diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but because of a freak accident--caused by his brother--he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||In a story about the challenges of being different and the difficulty in learning to trust, Friend (The Other F Word) shows great sensitivity in depicting differently abled characters. Small acts of kindness balance the cruelty Quinn has suffered, and the message that single characteristics don't define who people are, invites contemplation. - Publishers Weekly As Quinn and Nick's prickly relationship deepens, so do their characters; Friend's (The Other F-Word, 2017, etc.) attention to physical and emotional detail brings readers into their anxious, itchy skins as both learn to trust and forgive. Frank discussions of phantom pain and post-traumatic stress add nuance to Nick's bitterness. Alopecia support chats provide insight into Quinn's sense of isolation, worsened by Julius' demands on her parents . . . an unusual, uplifting take on self-discovery and starting over. - Kirkus Review The novel sheds light on unusual but important issues and the effects they have on families. Quinn's fear and Nick's anger are equally genuine and moving. Friend cleverly finds the sweet spot in both characters to help them gain confidence and understanding in a world that neither believes cares about them. - Booklist
||Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)
Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Where You'll Find Me, Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, and The Other F-Word. She lives in Madison, Connecticut, with her family. Visit her online at natashafriend.com