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Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness
     

Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness

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by Josh Sundquist
 

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"Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read-not too mention poignant and funny." -A.J. Jacobs

This winning memoir of triumph over tragedy tells a story that has deeply affected thousands of readers. When he was just nine years old, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with

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Read Josh Sundquist's posts on the Penguin Blog.

"Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read-not too mention poignant and funny." -A.J. Jacobs

This winning memoir of triumph over tragedy tells a story that has deeply affected thousands of readers. When he was just nine years old, Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer strain that eventually claimed his left leg. Told in a wide-eyed, often heartbreaking voice, Just Don't Fall is the astounding story of the boy Josh was and of the young man he became-an utterly heroic struggle through numerous hospitalizations and worse to become an award-winning skier in the Paralympics and renowned motivational speaker. What emerges is one of the most fresh and sincere works of inspiration to come along in years.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What a voice! I loved this book, every page."
-Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author of The Middle Place

"Inspiring. Courageous. Sometimes heartbreaking. The tough lesson that less than a hundred percent is still all right."
-John le CarrT

"I didn't want to put this book down. It was more than the amazing story-it was the honesty of a voice that spoke, without a whiff of melodrama, about loss and worry and determination."
-Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge

"Just Don't Fall is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read-not to mention poignant and funny. If I ever find myself wallowing in self-pity, I plan to reach for Josh Sundquist's book."
-A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically

"Josh Sundquist has not only written an inspirational memoir about elegantly and deftly triumphing over adversity, but he has also written a fascinating and hilarious one...incredible energy...moving and deeply affecting."
-Isabel Gillies, author of the New York Times bestselling Happens Every Day

"A remarkable account of a young man's triumph over adversity. It shows that disability need not be a barrier to great achievement. This book is brimming with hope and humor, joy and courage, but most of all love."
-Daniel Tammet, New York Times bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day

"His story made me laugh out loud and cry at the most unexpected moments. He is funny, poignant, irreverent, and full of life."
-Donna VanLiere, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Grace

"I finished this book with a profound sense of awe ... a phenomenally gifted writer. Bravo for this original voice-the memoir shelves shifted for Frank McCourt, and they will shift once again for Josh Sundquist."
-Elizabeth Hyde, author of In the Heart of the Canyon and The Abortionist's Daughter

"An absolutely beautiful story of strength, integrity, and passion for life. His wry humor and rich evocation of the people in his life make this an entirely engrossing read, and his storytelling gifts are clear. I look forward to reading whatever this talented young writer comes up with next."
-Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143118787
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
287,317
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

JOSH SUNDQUIST was a member of the 2006 US Paralympics Ski Team in Turin, Italy. A graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Southern California, he is the founder of LessThanFour.org, the world’s largest online community for amputees and is a nationally known motivational speaker. He is 25 years old and lives in the Washington, DC area.

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Just Don't Fall 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Devon Thompson More than 1 year ago
Found Josh through YouTube and decided to read his book. It was written as if he were still a kid and I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book cause it hits close to home, my son had his left leg amputated due to a disease as well. This is a very touching book that i hope to let my son read one day.
OliviaJS More than 1 year ago
Josh Sundquist told the tale, in the perspective of his young self, of the hardships and miracles of his childhood as an amputee and experiencing cancer at a young age. The imagery that is used is breathtaking and brought tears to my eyes, but at the same time kept me giggling throughout the whole book. Just don't fall is truly astonishing and I would recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration.
KaySWalsh More than 1 year ago
The boy-next-door goes from losing a leg to cancer at age 9 to skiing as a member of the 2006 U. S. Paralympic Ski Team. Josh tells his story as though you were sitting on his shoulder sharing every encounter. Be prepared for a wild ride!! Josh shares of all the normal, often awkward, things most boys experience growing up... a first love, siblings, communicating with parents, wanting to go out for the soccer team, etc. Then he shares what is different...losing his hospital roommate to cancer, being interviewed on the Miracle Network, finding someone to teach a teenager with one leg to ski, etc., all while living in a small city in Virginia. Along with all these events, add Josh's personality and spirit. He is extremely intelligent, extremely motivated, an extreme risk taker, extremely humorous, etc. In other words, Josh is extreme. For the sake of full disclosure, I live in the city where Josh grew up. He was about to leave for college when my family moved to Harrisonburg, VA, and I never met him. However, he is somewhat of a folk hero, not just because of the difficulties of his life but for the joy and hope he has given to individuals and this community. When his name is mentioned, there are always smiles. Everyone has a Josh story and a special place for the miracle guy... miracles both earned and bestowed. If you have never heard of Josh Sundquist, you should. His is a fabulous story of growth, faith, pain and joy. You gotta read this book! Reviewer's rating: PG-13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was a little sceptical about reading ,but my older was reading it and told me it was a good book so I decided to read it. That will probily be one of the best decitions I have ever made. The book was awesome! It was sad,funny,joyful,and inspiring. It let me get inside other person's world. It helped me so that I would understand other people like that better. It was an amazing book. So if you are wndering if you should get this book ,get it. It will help you so much. Now and more years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw him on youtube and read it. It was inspirational and inspiring.
Dupreee More than 1 year ago
Josh provides insight into what it was like to deal with a potentially fatal disease and the loss of a limb at a young age. He works through depression, puberty, going to college etc. as he is trying to come to terms with his disability to attain his goals.
ffashley More than 1 year ago
Josh Sundquist does what few authors ever do... He tells us like it is. It is truthful and real, something you rarely ever see. He does not edit how he feels or what he thought throughout his journey. The tales of success and failure show us that it is OKAY to be who we are, for we can always triumph. This book should not only be a must read for you, but also a book you buy for anyone you know-no matter what stage in life they are in. This is a book that needs to be added to your collection immediately, and read even quicker. So please, quit reading this review- there is something better to be read. That "something better" is Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist.
Chancie 5 months ago
Well written and honest with a lot of heart. It felt like some things had too much focus/detail while other things didn't have as much as they should have, and the themes/messages were all over the place, but overall, it's a heart-felt quick read.
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Great halarious book but still toiches your heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book by chance for free and know that God put this book in my hands. Very inspiring story about faith and life. I am not an amputee but I was so inspired by this book. Thank you Josh for sharing your journey with us.
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Merrilee Gibbs Davolt More than 1 year ago
See above...Great!!!...
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Catherine Pellagrino More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved it it is soo funny and inspanrl
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