Community Service

Romance - Contemporary
230 Pages
Reviewed on 12/27/2013
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Reviewed by Melissa Munoz for Readers' Favorite

Maggie is a senior in college when she enters an internship with none other than her high school crush, Sawyer. But Sawyer isn’t the way she remembers hi; now he is in a wheelchair. As they grow into a friendship, Maggie questions if they can become more and if dating someone in a wheelchair is in fact a deal-breaker. While developing her friendship with Sawyer, Maggie is sent to complete community service hours at a small theater where she meets bad-boy Jude. Jude is everything a girl wants on the outside, but does his personality fit his appearance? Who will she choose?

I really enjoyed reading Community Service because it was very different from other books I have read. This book touches on the very tough subject matter of disabilities and what is the most important factor in falling for someone. I would like to commend Dakota Madison for writing a story, which I am sure is to be considered controversial, only because the topic of long-term disability is not one that is talked about much. Although I enjoyed the book and it held my attention, the only thing that I would change would be the age of the characters. They are close to my age and I feel like the games that they played and their personalities would fit someone who was a senior in high school better than one who was a senior in college. Overall, the book has a deeper meaning to it, so not necessarily a light read, but one to make you think about how you view those with disabilities and if you treat them differently without realizing it.