Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli | Blog Tour

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?

How did I get the book? Received from publisher for blog tour

Genre: Contemporary 

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Review: When I was young, I adored gymnastics, I had absolutely no skills for this sport but that didn’t stop me from twirling around with a ribbon in a sports shop. I’m sure the staff were pleased. Break The Fall portrays gymnastics well. As a reader you have a very visual description of the skills portrayed, the process and judging.

The timeline in the book isn’t very long and that helps in keeping your interest. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into the story and admittedly at times my interest waned. I think this is partly because there was a disconnect between me and the characters.

I really enjoyed that this book told an important story of abuse and manipulation from another viewpoint. The fact that the focus remains on the goal of the ladies competing instead of the investigation is compelling. It’s about them, not what happened to them. I liked this. it does however mean that the sport is the main descriptive element and there isn’t much time to build an emotional connection as a reader, as such you feel a bit like you are looking in.

Break The Fall has strengths because it’s a positive and supportive ally story. Audrey is likeable and there is a sense of justice in this book that you want given the events that unfold.

Review by: Luna

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