Dependable, Intermediate, Young Adult, cerebral palsy, challenges, disability, disabilities, beauty pageant, Miss USA, dreams
Abbey Curran starts the book by beginning with her childhood and the difficulties she had to overcome as a girl with cerebral palsy living on a farm in rural Illinois. Abbey went to a Catholic school for elementary and middle school, but in high school, she began attending the local, public one. This caused many problems when dealing with students who did not know she had cerebral palsy. Abbey continued her story by explaining how she got into beauty pageants, and even created her own. Finally, Abbey wins Miss Iowa and tells the story of her Miss USA competition, HBO special, and her very own Miss You Can Do It pageant, the entire time explaining how her CP never held her back.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Courage to Compete: Living with Cerebral Palsy and Following My Dreams,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 66.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss7/66