The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.
Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.
Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein is a great romantic comedy. The sports romance was done well. I could feel all the vibes radiating off of both characters. What I loved most about this book, was the way the ex-gymnast now assistant coach took a little girl’s fear of her doctor. A doctor who gave the little girl a weird vibe that sent chills to the assistant coach. The story had moments where my heart broke for the characters. There’s moments where I found not only the abuse from adults who treat gymnasts but those who also teach them. Negative verbal abuse is just as harmful as the physical abuse. I enjoyed seeing the characters’ reaction and how they handled it. They also took steps to prevent and make sure those under their care would be safe. A heartfelt story based on real things that happen in one of the most popular sports known to the world. The protagonists were easy to like. I also felt like slapping the heroine’s ex-boyfriend and former coach. But the way she handled it all was amazing. The book felt real. The plot at first wasn’t fast but it was steady. Then as I got deeper, which I did thanks to the incredible scenes, emotional journey, perfect characterization-I was hooked. This is a must read for all. It’s a clean read. I loved it.