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

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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, author of The Year of Living Biblically

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.

About the Author

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympian, comedian, and internet creator. He's the author of the national bestselling Just Don't Fall, the novel Love and First Sight, the YA memoir We Should Hang Out Sometime, and the forthcoming Semi-Famous. His memoirs are in development for film and television by major studios and streaming services. Josh travels the globe as a motivational speaker for conferences and conventions. Josh is best known to his millions of internet followers for his Halloween costumes. He and his wife Ashley live in California, near the beach. He invites you to visit him at joshsundquist.com or follow him at @JoshSundquist.

Praise For…

"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 Carré, New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

"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: 9780143118787
ISBN-10: 0143118781
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 28th, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English