It’s here, it’s here! It’s the release day of PUSH GIRL by me and Chelsie Hill, one of the stars of Sundance Channel’s reality TV show Push Girls.
Kara is a high school senior who’s loving life. She’s popular, has a great group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she’s a shoo-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents can’t stop fighting and her ex-boyfriend can’t seem to leave her alone, Kara won’t let anything get in the way of her perfect year. It’s Friday night, and Kara arrives at a party, upset after hearing her parents having another one of their awful fights, and sees another girl with her hands all over her boyfriend. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she’s crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver’s side of Kara’s car.
When Kara wakes up, she has no memory of the night before. Where is she? Why are her parents crying? And, most importantly — why can’t she feel her legs? As Kara is forced to adjust to her new life, where her friends aren’t who they seemed to be and her once-adoring boyfriend is mysteriously absent, she starts to realize that what matters in life isn’t what happens to you — it’s the choices you make and the people you love.
Co-written by “Push Girls” star Chelsie Hill, whose real life closely mirrors Kara’s experience, this novel will open the eyes of readers everywhere who have never met someone who lives with paralysis.
I’m so excited that the book is out there for people to read and enjoy, and I thought I would introduce you to the characters and share with you, dear OneFour blog readers, the pictures I dug up way back when we first started writing this book and I needed some character inspiration.
Kara loves to dance, has a cute boyfriend, and is distressed that her parents are fighting all the time. But things are about to change for her in a big way when she gets hit by a drunk driver.
“I loved dancing, and it came easily to me, but I worked my butt off at it. I always had. I took as many classes as we could afford and my schedule would allow. I was in the studio on evenings and weekends, choreographing, rehearsing, practicing technique.”
(Yes, this is Bing Lee from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He was just TOO perfect for Curt.)
Curt is Kara’s super hot but not-too-bright water polo-playing boyfriend.
“..it’s not like he’d actually forget about me. He did that only one time, and it was totally an accident.”
Amanda is Kara’s long-time bestie, who loves all things movies and movie-making. They’ve been growing apart lately, though.
“Amanda Kenyon, who was my best friend in title more than practice these days. It wasn’t for her lack of trying, though. It was me.”
(I ended up not giving him glasses, which is a damn shame.)
Jack is Kara’s ex. He is trying to stay friends with her, so likes to text her with random trivia.
“Then, one [text] from my ex-boyfriend Jack with another one of his ridiculous ‘fun facts.’
1 IN 5,000 NORTH AMERICAN LOBSTERS ARE BORN BLUE. HAPPY FRIDAY!”
Jenny hates Kara because she’s been in love with Curt forever. She’s…not the nicest girl to Kara.
“She was that girl with the perfectly tanned skin, long, black hair in immaculately tousled beachy waves, and the tiniest shorts this side of the toddler section at Nordstrom. She was also the one girl at school who had randomly decided to hate me once I started dating Curt.”
So, there you go! The cast of characters in PUSH GIRL by me, Jessica Love, and Chelsie Hill. It’s out TODAY, and check out all these places you can get it!
|Jessica Love is a middle school English teacher, an MFA student at Spalding University, and a full-time internetter. She lives in Orange County, California where she spends her free time going to concerts, brunching, and instagramming pictures of her dogs, Gunner and Patrick. Her debut YA novel PUSH GIRL, written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel’s reality TV show Push Girls, comes out in June ’14 from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s.|