Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #NewRelease #YA #Contemporary Sports Fiction BREAK THE FALL by @jennifercarolyn @PenguinTeen @HachetteKids

Break the FallBreak the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

4 stars

Break The Fall is a young adult contemporary sports-themed story based around a fictional American women’s Olympic gymnastics team.

Audrey Lee has just been chosen as one of America’s team for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The next few weeks will be full of more hard training and intense pressure to fulfil her dream of becoming one of the best gymnasts in the world.

Just as the team arrive at their training camp, though their chief coach is arrested and all their plans start to collapse. Now the team are fighting for survival as well as their places on the medal podiums.

Gymnastics is a popular Olympic sport and the dreams of so many rest on just a few final performance minutes. I really enjoyed this story, which felt very real, both the reasons for the coach’s arrest and the pressures felt by the girls. The build-up to the ending was emotional to read and I could understand how much it all meant to each one of the girls in the story.

An ideal book for followers of gymnastics, but it should be noted that the book does contain some sensitive issues which include child abuse.

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Book description

Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She’s made the United States’ gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She’s on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most–but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.

With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach’s ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn’t date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

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