“You spend all this time obsessively focused on this one thing, and it becomes your whole identity, and then it’s gone,” he says quietly. “And then it’s like, well, what now?”
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
📖 336 pages | Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020 | Atria Books
Are you like me and have noticed a lot of books centered around a sport lately? I absolutely LOVED that Head Over Heels tackled gymnastics unlike any other book I’ve ever read. Avery Abrams was on the right track to be headed to the Olympics, until an injury destroyed her dreams at trials, allowing the best friend she’d grown up with to take that spotlight and everyhgint she ever dreamed of.
Returing to her hometown after yet another failure, Avery is offered a job at her old gym, working with and Olympic hopeful and her teenage crush. Scandal, love, friendship and the so much more made this title a light read with the perfect balance of romance, drama and gymnastics.
Orenstein did a fantastic job of giving us enough about the sport to not be overwhelming, while still making her story technically sounds and interesting! Growing up in dance and cheer, I totally related to the hard work it takes to hone skills, and the pressures that young athletes can go through. I really enjoyed the interaction and relationships between each of the characters, and how they grew from the beginning to the end of this story.
Thank you to Netgalley, Hannah Orenstein and Atria Books publishing for the ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I give this title 4.5 stars, and cannot wait to read more from this author in the future!