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Stumped by Kate Larkindale


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Seventeen-year-old Ozzy has a super-hot girlfriend who’s ready to take their relationship to the next level. Tonight. At the lake. 

But a missing condom scuttles his plans for seduction. Furious, Ozzy takes his girlfriend home and drives off—into the path of an oncoming truck. He wakes up with both legs amputated above the knees. 

When his girlfriend runs out gagging after one look at him, Ozzy knows he’s a hideous freak. He’s convinced he’s blown any chance of having a real relationship with a girl.

Determined to prove he can still be a man despite his disability, Ozzy throws himself into dumping his virginity, but finds there’s a limited number of people willing to touch legless dudes in wheelchairs. His obsession takes him into an underworld of brothels and escort services where he discovers the difference between sex and intimacy, and that sometimes the price is much higher than a sex worker’s fee.

14+ due to sexuality, language, and adult situations



Mom didn’t lie. She’s still there when I wake up. I turn my head and find her in the chair, chin slumped to her shoulder, mouth open as she sleeps. She looks old. Why have I never noticed? My mouth is dry again and I search around for the water. Ah, there it is. A whole jug of it, sitting next to the plastic cup with the kiddie straw in it. It’s right beside the bed, on some sort of low cabinet. I can reach it. At least, if I can make my body move, I can.

I’m not as foggy as I was the last time I woke up, so I’m confident I can do this simple chore. But first I need to sit up. I press my hands into the mattress and push myself upward. Sharp pain slices through my legs. I suck in air, gritting my teeth against it as I flop back into the pillows. Okay, so maybe sitting up isn’t going to be the piece of cake I thought. I guess I busted my legs in the crash.

The crash.

I remember it now. The light, the car skidding out of control, the voices and confused thoughts. I crashed the car. That’s why I’m here. I wonder if the car’s redeemable at all. It’s a piece of crap, but it’s my piece of crap. I might insult it several times a day, but I love it. I hope it’s not wrecked beyond repair.

My eyes creep toward the water again. I’m so thirsty. I have to have a drink. It’s so close. All I need to do is reach out and shake Mom’s knee and I’m sure she’ll hand me the cup, but she looks so exhausted. I should let her sleep.

Steeling myself for the pain, I try rolling onto my side. It hurts like hell, but I manage it. Various tubes and wires connected to me tug at my skin, but I ignore it. Yeah! Chalk one up for Ozzy. What a hero, he can roll over in bed. From there, I try pushing myself up with my arms and into a sitting position. I gasp at the glassy pain, but this time I don’t give up. I wind up on my butt. From there I’m pretty sure I can lean over and reach the water. I fix my eyes on the prize, measuring the distance. It’s not far. I can do this. Stretching out my arm, I reach for it. When my fingers close around the cup, I feel an absurd sense of accomplishment. I sit back, clutching the cup, surprised to discover I’m breathing heavily. Damn, I must be out of shape. Already. I’m going to have to get back into the pool as soon as I can. Otherwise I have no shot at Nationals.

I drink deeply, gulping down the cool water. I’ve never known water to taste this good. This is what it must be like for people who get lost in the desert when they’re found. When the cup is empty, I let it drop. It bounces across the bed. I expect it to stop, its progress to be barricaded by my legs, but it keeps going, rolling to the opposite side and tumbling from the edge.

What the fuck?

I sit up straighter and stare down the length of the bed, seeing the way the sheets and blanket lie flat against the mattress, undisturbed by the mounds of my legs and feet. I stare at the smooth bedclothes. I don’t get it. What is going on here? I’m dreaming. That’s got to be it. This is some full-on fucking nightmare and I’ll wake up soon. But I don’t feel like I’m dreaming.

Where are my legs?

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  1. LASR Long andrt Reviews 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    The only thing more troublesome to Ozzy than losing his legs is how many times he’s tried and failed to lose his virginity.

    Ozzy’s character development was fantastic. His sarcastic response to his accident was funny, but it was also completely believable. He’d suffered a huge loss at a time when he wasn’t at all emotionally prepared to deal with the his disability or how his life was going to change now that he had two amputated limbs. While he definitely had his fair share of flaws, I soon came to love Ozzy’s boldly honest and complex personality.

    My only criticism has to do with the descriptions of the many secondary characters that were introduced during the course of the plot. I got to know Ozzy’s mom and siblings pretty well, but there were so many other people who moved in and out of his life that it was hard at times to remember who everyone was, how they were connected to him, and what they looked like. Had there been a smaller cast, I would have chosen a much higher rating for this tale as I loved everything else about it.

    As I hinted at earlier in this review, this story was quite humorous. It dealt with so many difficult topics that the last thing I ever expected to do while I was reading it was to start laughing. I was pleasantly surprised the first time it made me chuckle, and I was even happier when this trend continued up until the very last scene.

    Stumped was a hilarious and thought-provoking book that I’d recommend to anyone who has ever dealt with serious medical problems or wondered what it would be like to go through that sort of experience.

  2. I absolutely loved this book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    absolutely loved this book. It's an amazing story about a boy and the struggles every normal teenager goes through but with a twist. It was wonderful, I could feel for the main character, I felt his heartbreak, his joy, his anger, his pain. I loved it. (I volunteered to read an ARC copy of this book.)

  3. Loved this YA! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    It was a sweet YA read. It has sexual issues, problems that arise with disability, and run of the mill friendship and family issues as well. I found myself getting lost in Larkindale's world and I was truly excited to read about it!

    I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.

  4. I've always felt bad for disabled teens 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    I've always felt bad for disabled teens. I don't know who's more courageous out of all the characters, but you end up loving them all. Ozzie starts out a popular, athletic horny teenager in love. Lainie his current girlfriend true colors show up soon after a tragic accident and there not pretty. Ozzie not only matures but shows he is real hero. Enter Melissa battling cancer and falling for Ozzie. Who's also falling for her. An awesome young adult read. I received this as a Advanced Reader Copy.

  5. well written 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    i got an arc and i want to review
    he was going to have a great night with his girl and he forgot his protection so he stormed off. the next thing he knew he woke up without his legs. when his girl friend appears. she cries in horror before running out. a well written story about loss and how to overcome it

  6. A Fine Good Honest Story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    A finely written story of great loss and the valiant journey coming back with the help of a good hearted imperfect family (like we may be blessed with) and the gift of unexpected friends. Five stars totally earned

  7. this book was pretty awesome, I loved the characters and the story ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
    this book was pretty awesome, I loved the characters and the story line, I am looking forward to reading more from this author

  8. This story is a sweet love story 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    This story is a sweet love story. When things don't go as planned, obstacles have to be over come. This is an amazing story that leads the reader through the struggles of overcoming obstacle to reach his goal and the love of his life. You may want a box of tissues as you follow this journey. I was given a free ARC and have voluntarily chose to review this book.

  9. Really Good 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    An immersive easy read. I really enjoyed it. I voluntarily read an adv. reading copy

  10. Amazing Read! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    This story is so touching and well written you can't help but get swept up. You just feel for Ozzy at every turn. You can't help but want to see him change and grow with every new struggle he goes through. I hate that this story had to end and it is definitely something I would read again.

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