Cover image for How we roll / by Natasha Friend.
How we roll / by Natasha Friend.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 21 cm
After developing alopecia, Quinn lost her friends along with her hair. Former football player Jake lost his legs and confidence after an accident. The two help each other believe in themselves and the possibility of love.


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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.

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Quinn McAvoy had a horrible eighth-grade year. She developed a skin condition that caused her hair to fall out, and then, after a disastrous party, untrue rumors about her spread, making her life miserable. Tired of being the target of mean-spirited jokes, Quinn is glad her parents have decided to move to a new city so that her brother, who has autism, can attend a special school. Armed with two expensive human-hair wigs, Quinn just wants to fit in at her new school, and she succeeds when she's immediately embraced by a group of popular girls. Nobody suspects Quinn is bald, but holding on to her secret is becoming a strain, especially after she befriends Nick, a boy in a wheelchair, who's bitter about losing his legs and could use her support. 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. Ages 12-18. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Everything changed for Quinn McAvoy when she began losing her hair due to alopecia. But starting high school across the country offers her a second chance, and a brand-new wig helps her fit in. Friend's natural dialogue and candid depictions of disability--from Quinn's little brother's autism to love interest Nick's above-knee amputation--delicately elevate this story from issues-novel territory. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.