ARC REVIEW: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Hi everyone!! Hope you’re a having a great day πŸ˜‰ I finished Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli and well…read further below to know what I thought of this book ✨

First of all, I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Pansing for graciously providing me an ARC copy of this book and this book will soon be available in all good bookstores VERY soon!✨

Release Date:Β February 20,2020

Author: Jennifer Iacopelli
Pages: 336
Blurb from Goodreads: 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?

My thoughts on this book:

My head still can’t wrap around how AMAZING this book was! It was light yet full of emotion, heartfelt and IMPACTFUL.

As an older sister to two non-competitive gymnasts, this book was a pretty cool insight into the competitive side of gymnastics. My sisters practice gymnastics and we love watching our fave gymnasts on YouTube and in the Olympics but I’ve never had a close behind the scenes look before so this book definitely touched on some backstage details that I didn’t know about. It definitely is hyping me up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year!!

Audrey is the main character of this book and is now one of my top fictional role models. Throughout the book, she struggles with doing the right and the wrong thing. There’s a lot a competitive gymnast has to go through in order to achieve Olympic status and this book shone a light upon the darker truths of gymnastics. Even though she has a slight disadvantage with a back injury of hers, her headstrong and positive attitude are some of the traits that makes her such an incredible character. The way Audrey lifts others up and her determination to fight through the hardships instilled many values in this book and I love her for that. The other characters in this book were also amazing (save for a few πŸ‘€), they were the epitome of strong and badass females looking out and caring for one another.

One of the main themes of this book is sexual assault. It’s definitely a theme that has been represented recently in books and I’m so glad there continues to be more because there will never be enough! Although it isn’t told from the victim’s point of view (there isn’t any graphic imagery of it in the book), it highlights another VERY important theme, believing the victim. In fact, I think this is the first book I’ve ever read that focuses on believing the survivor. I feel so empowered and inspired by how these amazing gymnast girls stood up for each other and I can’t help but think that these things happen EVERY SINGLE DAY and we need to stop pitting women against each other and stand up for them instead. ❀️

Even though there was a sprinkle of sweet romance in this book (and by sweet and mean super cute and swoony 😍), I’m glad it wasn’t the main focus of the story. When I read the synopsis of this book I was worried that the romantic aspect would overpower the important message of supporting and standing up for the survivors, but I’m glad that it was something on the sidelines (literally) and not one of the main themes of the book. 😊

The writing overall was simple and straight to the point. The message of the book was clearly conveyed throughout the book and I’m so glad that I was able to read this empowering story. The flow throughout was smooth and easy to understand.

I absolutely loved this book and I hope you guys will get to love it as much as I do when it hits bookstores this February 20th! 😍

Rating:

I rated it a 5/5 ⭐!

Would I recommend this book?
Heck yes 😍 I definitely recommend it to all whoa looking for an empowering and heartfelt read ✨ and if you’re looking to get into the Olympic spirit as well πŸ˜‰

Wishing all of you have an awesome day! ✨

Until the next blog post,
– the Joyful Reader❀️

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