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Tumbling: a Novel

TumblingTitle: Tumbling: a novel

Author: Caela Carter

Series: N/A

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Pages: 424 pages

Synopsis: After sacrificing their childhoods, Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever.

This book follows five gymnasts at the trials for the Olympic Team.  I really enjoyed how this looked at each girl’s story.  Each girl had different struggles to get to the trials and each  one wants to make the team at all costs.  I enjoyed the story line and it was a fast paced book.  She does use a lot of gymnastics terms, that might put off someone  who has not been in gymnastics.  There is one things that I didn’t care for, the mean girl personality of Grace.  She is highly competitive, and her father has taught her that there are no friends in the gym. Plus, her father is highly critical of her, instead of giving her praise he is always telling her the little mistakes.  This doesn’t excuse the teasing of one of the gymnasts and making her feel second rate.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Realistic, Teen

 

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The Flip Side

27206534Title: The Flip Side
Author: Shawn Johnson
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 6th grade and up
Pages: 320
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Johnson, S.

Synopsis: Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

Review:  Okay, I think this book is going to be hot with the Olympics coming up, especially since it’s written by a gymnast. It was kind of fun that the book wasn’t just about gymnastics though. Honestly, the book was more about how Charlie was trying to have her dream, but still be normal. Yes, it mean she gave up things, but what happens when she really wanted it all? Public School, Olympic Dream, and a cute boyfriend? Okay, so it seems like a lot, but when you’re a teenager the crazy seems possible. And I think even though teens haven’t dealt with going after a dream as big as the Olympics, they’ll relate to not be able to do it all/being focused story line.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Realistic, Teen

 

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