How We Roll By Natasha Friend Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

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 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.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This Is How We Roll is the type of book I would have fallen  heads over heels with when I was in grade seven. Even though I’m way older than the intended audience, I still really enjoyed it. Though the protagonists are on the younger side ( I think they may be in their freshman year). I still really loved them and thought that they were well developed.

My favorite part of this book was seeing how the characters evolved and grew more confident as the story progressed. I liked seeing Quinn dealing with her alopecia and moving to a new school and an incident back at her old school and I’ve never read a book with a character who has a condition like Quinn’s so it was a really interesting and unique perspective. I also enjoyed the family dynamic and how Quinn feels about being pushes to the back burner do the fact that her younger brother has autism. I can’t speak for the autism rep but from what I though it was depicted very tactfully and there was no problematic elements.

One of the thing that I found very refreshing was the new friends that Quinn made at her new school. They were very much described as being popular and I was really scared that this would cause a conflict later on where past events would repeat themselves but they didn’t and I’m really glad. While there are definitely popular kids that are complete assholes they’re not all evil and it was really nice to see them being depicted as positive friends for Quinn. They were not put down for being superficial and it was very refreshing from what is usually portrayed.

The key to a good fluffy contemporary that has any romantic element is a great love interest and Nick was a great one. I loved seeing their friendship develop and really  enjoyed seeing how they helped one another. It was very endearing and Nick was just such a sweet and loving character. I also really liked how the ending was sort of ambiguous which isn’t often seen in YA contemporaries so I really appreciated the open ending.

 

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