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Break the Fall por Jennifer Iacopelli
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Break the Fall (edição 2020)

por Jennifer Iacopelli (Autor)

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Título:Break the Fall
Autores:Jennifer Iacopelli (Autor)
Informação:Razorbill (2020), 336 pages
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Literary merit: Good
Characterization: good
Recommend: Maybe
Level: High School

This was an enjoyable sports book. I don't read a lot of sports novels with such detailed play by plays but this one did a good job of helping me visualize the athletes and be invested in their success. I enjoyed reading about gymnastics and the competitions. However, the darker topics ripped from the headlines and put on these characters felt disingenuous to me. I don't want the sexual assault hundreds of real gymnasts went through to now be a popular plot point for gymnastics stories (this is the second I've read this year that features it). there was a lot of real hurt and those real women are admirable for sharing their stories publically. Their voices should be the ones heard, not authors outside of the world of gymnastics hoping to sell books. That being said, it was handled well and I appreciate the resource guide in the end. But I think other issues could have been discussed that would have avoided trending on real trauma women's gymnastics is still dealing with. ( )
  SWONroyal | Oct 21, 2020 |
"Break the Fall" was a fabulous read. It was extremely well-written with a powerful message and I found I found it difficult to put down. I loved the girls on the US gymnastics Olympic team, especially Audrey and Dani. Not only were the girls diverse, they were so supportive of each other, especially when their chief coach was arrested for sexual abuse.

I admired the way Audrey stepped into a leadership role and showed what it really means to be a captain of a team. I loved the solidarity they showed, not only to each other but to the other gymnasts competing for an Olympic gold medal. On more than one occasion I had tears in my eyes, especially in the last quarter of the novel.

I also liked the romance between Leo and Audrey. It was sweet but it didn't take away from the rest of the story. Leo's mother, Janet, was an inspiring character and I appreciated how she cared for the girls' wellbeing and not their success. It's a pity there are not more coaches like this in sport.

The routines at the Olympics were nail-biting and my heart was in my throat every time Emma, Audrey, Dani and Chelsea were competing. The detailed descriptions of the routines were compelling. So much was at stake and the slightest mistake could destroy the girls' dreams. The tension was palpable and I was as nervous as the girls were when their scores were announced.

"Break the Fall" was a thought-provoking novel which celebrated female friendships and sisterhood. A great read! ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jun 4, 2020 |
3.5 Stars

I tend to really enjoy books around gymnastics! I was excited for this one, but I was not expecting the story to take the turns that it did. It was a little like a spin off on what is going on in the real world of US Gymnastics today. This does have triggers for sexual abuse. It did not have any graphic scenes and is more about believing what happened to a fellow gymnast. It is a story about teammates and the world coming together around a bigger issue than just competition. It also covers the subject with perpetrators and how they can try to groom a victim before the abuse starts. This was an important part that you do not normally see within a story and I like that it could be a good talking point when reading this one.

I was expecting to learn more around Audrey and her injury. The story references her injury and the pain she is suffering throughout, but I would have liked to start the story with a little around her injury/recovery.

One thing that really irritated me was how the story continuously noted how horrible Audrey was doing during her competitions and practice. She would constantly say how she knew she was the worst on the team or messing up. She made the Olympic team! She cannot be that horrible! I also hate that she was only winning at first during due to her teammates messing up.

I absolutely loved how all of the girls from the different counties come together for the American team. I actually teared up during this moment! Again, this is very real to what is going on so it just hit harder than it normally would.

This does have a ton of actual gymnastics in it as well. There was almost a little too much for me which is something I never thought I would say. It dragged on a little too much for me as the competitions were very detailed. I know others will love this though.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. ( )
  SimplyKelina | Mar 20, 2020 |
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