How We Roll by Natasha Friend

A sweet story about finding friendship and more, How We Roll by Natasha Friend was a fast, fun contemporary read.

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.

Nick was once a star football player, but a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Nick meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

This was a really charming story about two teens struggling with unique challenges. After starting over at a new school, Quinn slowly starts to realize that her old “friends” weren’t really good friends — but that her past experiences don’t have to define her entire world, and that good friends are out there.

Likewise, Nick struggles to find friends who are compassionate without pitying him, and to find a way back to having a good relationship with the brother he blames for his accident.

Together, the find an unlikely friendship (and maybe more), while each growing as individuals. Though marketed as YA, this book could almost pass for middle grade — Quinn is a freshman, and the content is pretty clean. Even the romantic side of the story is more of a suggestion than an overt plot arc — and in some ways, this was an unexpected and almost refreshing change from most YA contemporaries (though I do still love a good swoony story, myself).

How We Roll clocks in at only about 270 pages, and is a pretty quick read — easily devoured in a couple of hours on a sunny, summer afternoon. Look for it in stores now.

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