Head Over Heels

HEAD OVER HEALS                                    HANNAH ORENSTEIN

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.


Avery Adams was on her way to the Olympics as a gymnast when she suffered a horrible injury. Coming out of the depression of the injury, your carrier being over, and all of the years you have put into the sport up to that point it has taken a toll mentally, physically, and just overtook your whole life. Once she comes out of it, she has no college, she and her boyfriend have broken up and now she is back at her parents’ home where it all began. Now she gets a call from a former male gymnast Ryan who did make it to the Olympics and is now coaching at the same gym where she used to practice. He would like her to help with a young girl with her floor routine.
When she finally gets the job, she goes into it with her student wanting to change the routine, for she feels her program has gotten too routine and she needs to kick it up a notch. Also, Avery is working at moving out of her parents’ home which she does and after many times of her new roommate asking her to go to yoga she finally gives in and goes.
This story shows growth in Avery’s character especially after an injury for most people don’t know what it is like coming back after knee operations and other injuries. After two knee surgeries plus an ankle surgery I can attest to it is difficult. I liked that they talked about what these young athletes go through, gymnasts start at a young age and can be over while we're still in your teens as well. I started swimming competitively when I was five and by my teens, I was practicing in the morning before school and in the afternoon after school, a lot of people don’t know what it takes and that was decades ago now, I am sure it is just as tough. The author also brings in the doctor scandal that effected the sport as well which added to the story.
When Avery feels like Ryan is not listening to her about her former coach and how he coaches which is abusive she has known problem walking away from Ryan and it will be up to him to make his own choice on what to do. Overall, I really liked the book even though I felt it started out slow it really picked up once it got going. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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