Break the Fall
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?

Break the Fall Details

TitleBreak the Fall
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherRazorbill
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Sports

Break the Fall Review

  • Jennifer Iacopelli
    January 1, 1970
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  • Rec-It Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • Kaelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Jennifer has written a book about girls in sports that is about SO MUCH MORE. I was lucky enough to read an early version of Break the Fall and it will not disappoint. These girls are amazing, Leo is adorable, and the story is heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring. I always hesitate to leave reviews because I don’t think I articulate what I love about them well enough, but trust me when I tell you this book is amazing. I can’t wait to order this for the teens at my library, they’re Once again, Jennifer has written a book about girls in sports that is about SO MUCH MORE. I was lucky enough to read an early version of Break the Fall and it will not disappoint. These girls are amazing, Leo is adorable, and the story is heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring. I always hesitate to leave reviews because I don’t think I articulate what I love about them well enough, but trust me when I tell you this book is amazing. I can’t wait to order this for the teens at my library, they’re going to devour it.
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  • Scarlet
    January 1, 1970
    So good! The sports aspects felt SO real and I really enjoyed all of the characters. I liked that it surprised me several times with the plot and it really kept me reading way past my bedtime because I just had to know what was going to happen.
  • Alicia Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    THE YA GYMNASTICS NOVEL I’VE DREAMED OF SINCE 1996
  • Diana Urban
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t usually read sports fiction, but I thought this book was amazing! I was blown away by the descriptions of the gymnastics routines and competitions; I could see them play out like a video in my mind. Sometimes I found myself tempted to look ahead and see the scores; I was so invested in these characters and what they’d accomplish. While anyone who loves gymnastics should check this out, it’s also a story about female friendships and overcoming adversity in the face of a trusted adult’s I don’t usually read sports fiction, but I thought this book was amazing! I was blown away by the descriptions of the gymnastics routines and competitions; I could see them play out like a video in my mind. Sometimes I found myself tempted to look ahead and see the scores; I was so invested in these characters and what they’d accomplish. While anyone who loves gymnastics should check this out, it’s also a story about female friendships and overcoming adversity in the face of a trusted adult’s epic betrayal. This is a 2020 must-read!
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  • Sarah Henning
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of BREAK THE FALL. As a former competitive gymnast and current-and-always lover of sports fiction, this book had it all: drama, suspense, heartbreak, redemption, friendship, and jealousy, all set against the backdrop of the Olympic stage and the shock of a major scandal. I loved every second of it!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter is a competitive gymnast, so I speak from experience when I say that finding books - good books - about this subject that aren't just meant for the preschool set is...impossible. Really. A good fiction book about gymnasts just doesn't exist - until now.The gymnastics in this book are so realistic that I could picture it in my head. Which is ironic, because my daughter rolls her eyes at me regularly when I ask her to remind me what in the world she's talking about as she mentions new My daughter is a competitive gymnast, so I speak from experience when I say that finding books - good books - about this subject that aren't just meant for the preschool set is...impossible. Really. A good fiction book about gymnasts just doesn't exist - until now.The gymnastics in this book are so realistic that I could picture it in my head. Which is ironic, because my daughter rolls her eyes at me regularly when I ask her to remind me what in the world she's talking about as she mentions new skills. It's edge-of-your-seat athletics (which, to be honest, gymnastics often is), and I could feel myself getting more and more tense during the rotations. Gymnastics is one of THE most underrated sports, in terms of the time and training it requires, and the absolute strength and skill the girls possess. I've actually been sitting at a college meet and heard the guy behind me tell his girlfriend that their child wouldn't do gymnastics because it wasn't really a sport. This book makes it clear that this is NOT the case - that gymnasts are strong, fierce, and have an endurance beyond what many would ever believe. Particularly to get to this level. But here's the kicker. This isn't just a book about gymnasts competing for a gold. That in itself has enough details to sideline many authors, but it's also about so much more. Iacopelli not only writes about the current elephant in the room (sexual assault in elite gymnastics), but she wrestles said elephant into submission. It's a realistic portrait of the coulds and woulds and should-haves that go through people's minds when someone they've known for years, someone they've trusted with their health, their career, THEIR DREAMS, becomes someone they find they didn't really know. When the people they thought they knew best have secrets, and how those secrets can come tumbling down like a string of dominoes. While this could be a trigger for some, Iacopelli has handled the situation gracefully - no big flashbacks, no horrific graphic imagery. Simply a group of girls, getting ready to compete on the biggest stage in the world, trying to process the truth. I'm also VERY appreciative of the resources listed in the back of the book for RAINN, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Flip the Switch - there for those who may stumble upon them and realize that help is available.Speaking of the group of girls in the story - they echoed what I have seen over and over again, even at my daughter's level of gymnastics. Girls on a team, even if they aren't "friends" outside the gym, are absolutely teammates inside of it. They will cheer each other on, high five, and encourage - and hug when needed. They will cheer on girls from *other* gyms when they feel it's warranted. As the parent of a gymnast, it was excellent to see this teamwork and camaraderie brought to light in this book. Gymnasts - or even just women athletes - often seem to be considered bitchy or haughty or aloof, in part because of how hard they've had to work to get to an elite level. But for the most part, while this does exist, it is not in the majority. Again, Iacopelli was able to show the teamwork and empathy that most exhibit, and that really helped to make the characters shine. Overall, I could not be more thrilled to have a book that my daughter might be interested in reading. One with true characters, some suspense, and even a little romance. I'm not usually a contemporary YA reader, but the gymnastics twist drew me in - and I'm so glad it did. #[email protected]
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    When I was in Primary School, I devoured Teddy Slater’s Junior Gymnasts series. I wasn’t a gymnast myself, ballet/dancing was my after school activity, but I had this serious fascination with gymnastics and I adored the Junior Gymnasts books (still have them in a cupboard with my childhood favourite books). Break the Fall took me back to that time of fascination with gymnastic and ramped it up a notch! This book was emotional and thrilling and I couldn’t put it down! I loved how real that When I was in Primary School, I devoured Teddy Slater’s Junior Gymnasts series. I wasn’t a gymnast myself, ballet/dancing was my after school activity, but I had this serious fascination with gymnastics and I adored the Junior Gymnasts books (still have them in a cupboard with my childhood favourite books). Break the Fall took me back to that time of fascination with gymnastic and ramped it up a notch! This book was emotional and thrilling and I couldn’t put it down! I loved how real that characters felt, I love that it tackled a hard topic, while still having so much hope and excitement. I can’t wait for everyone else to get their hands on this one. Also, bring on the 2020 Olympics!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Based on the uncorrected bound manuscript I was fortunate enough to receive.The best gymnastics book I've read, Break the Fall combines everything you want in a YA contemporary: success despite adversity, failure with grace and of course an adorable romance. Iacopelli brilliantly crafts a story that is not only a gym nerd's dream but one that will cater to even those not well-versed in the minutiae of the sport. Audrey Lee, despite being the main character, is described more as a supporting cast Based on the uncorrected bound manuscript I was fortunate enough to receive.The best gymnastics book I've read, Break the Fall combines everything you want in a YA contemporary: success despite adversity, failure with grace and of course an adorable romance. Iacopelli brilliantly crafts a story that is not only a gym nerd's dream but one that will cater to even those not well-versed in the minutiae of the sport. Audrey Lee, despite being the main character, is described more as a supporting cast member—not even reaching true underdog status—to start, but quietly works her way up to being an admirable leader everyone will want to aspire to be.Iacopelli manages to bring in elements of real current and past events while still making the story completely her own and utterly unique. I never knew what would happen next and couldn't stop turning page after page until I found out. She also writes about hot topics with ease, making consent feel as natural as breathing and her character's responses to the media about difficult topics firm yet not rude.Break the Fall is a story filled with heartbreak but even more hope, something we all need not just in gymnastics these days but all over the world.
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Not only is this book about gymnastics, it is about the Olympics! I can’t wait to read about the competition and a determined main character. This is definitely a debut to watch for.
  • Cindy Otis
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping from start to finish. I can't wait for the world to experience BREAK THE FALL!
  • Andrea Tome
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5Gymnastics is one of my favourite sports that I 100% believe should receive more love, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I just hit the request button SO DAMN FAST. I will begin by saying that Jennifer clearly knows her gymnastics. I can't say for sure how this novel will read to a YA reader who is not familiar with the sport, but I think Jennifer did a pretty good job at depicting competitive gymnastics faithfully and clearly, explaining the concepts and the judging in a way that's easy 2.5/5Gymnastics is one of my favourite sports that I 100% believe should receive more love, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I just hit the request button SO DAMN FAST. I will begin by saying that Jennifer clearly knows her gymnastics. I can't say for sure how this novel will read to a YA reader who is not familiar with the sport, but I think Jennifer did a pretty good job at depicting competitive gymnastics faithfully and clearly, explaining the concepts and the judging in a way that's easy to understand without negatively affecting the narration. That being said, this novel as *a novel* was a bit of a disappointment.Although the portrayal of gymnastics was very good, and the larger themes of sexual abuse and grooming were treated in a very sensitive way, I just couldn't get into the author's writing style. Jennifer's prose struck me as flat, in many occasions telling rather than showing. Moreover, the characters were pretty unidimensional and it was ultimately hard to get into Audrey's head. The love plot was mostly undeveloped and I just couldn't bring myself to root for Audrey and Leo, nor I understood why they liked each other in the first place or why there should be a romantic subplot at all.The pace was a bit underwhelming as well. Although the chapters set in the Olympics were pretty good, the chapters leading up to them (aka most of the novel) struggled a bit with the pacing and the placement of conflict, so much so that at times the only thing that kept me hooked was my interest in gymnastics rather than my love of the actual plot.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Ahhhhhh. I was so excited for this as I’m a huge gymnastics nerd, and I was right to be - I loved it! It has exactly the right balance of gymnastics and personal - plus the interplay of the accusation hanging over both it incredibly well done. I did find a couple of bits a little unrealistic from a gymnastics point of view - but very minor niggles. Aside from that, as someone who does watch a fair amount it I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Ahhhhhh. I was so excited for this as I’m a huge gymnastics nerd, and I was right to be - I loved it! It has exactly the right balance of gymnastics and personal - plus the interplay of the accusation hanging over both it incredibly well done. I did find a couple of bits a little unrealistic from a gymnastics point of view - but very minor niggles. Aside from that, as someone who does watch a fair amount it definitely felt like one of the major events- with fantastic routines and small to major errors affecting everything!And I really liked Rey, she’s a great lead with a good heart. Highly recommend this book. My only sad point is that I have so long to wait until the Olympics but I’m ready now! 😂😂
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  • Jess Crafts
    January 1, 1970
    I'm one of those people, and I'm sure many others are the same, that gets completely swept up in Olympic fever every four years. But, more specifically, I get completely obsessed with gymnastics at the Olympics. I google scoring and historical competitions, I YouTube relays and compilation videos. I watch films and TV show like stick it and make it or break it. And of course I watch the events religiously. So when I heard about this book I wanted it SO BAD. And let me tell you this book is I'm one of those people, and I'm sure many others are the same, that gets completely swept up in Olympic fever every four years. But, more specifically, I get completely obsessed with gymnastics at the Olympics. I google scoring and historical competitions, I YouTube relays and compilation videos. I watch films and TV show like stick it and make it or break it. And of course I watch the events religiously. So when I heard about this book I wanted it SO BAD. And let me tell you this book is everything my little Olympic Gymnastics obsessed heart could ever want distilled and sharpened down to a few hundred pages of excitement and tension.It's set around the USA women's gymnastics team on the way to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo when their head coach gets arrested for sexual abuse. It centres on 17 year old Audrey who, because of injury, is hoping to win her spot at trials for what will be her only chance at the Olympics before the news breaks. It has all of the tension and heartbreak of what a decade of training comes down to for all the girls involved, knowing that some of them won't make it. And with the added confusion and conflicting feelings about what is happening around them and what has happened to their teammates.I absolutely loved the dynamics and the relationships between all the girls. The competitive nature of the situation made it complicated and bittersweet but ultimately supportive as the girls learn to stick together and take on the world as a team. Audrey is a great main character, she's Korean American (though this isn't Ownvoices rep which would have been great), and trying to fight for her dream and support those who have come forward about the abuse which often conflicts. Its an important look at the power imbalance of the situation that can - and did - lead to so much abuse but it's also an exciting page turner that focuses on an intense competition with female friendship at the heart.TW: aftermath of sexual abuse and grooming
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  • Mackenzie Lauka
    January 1, 1970
    A great gymnastics story! With a focus on sexual abuse in the gymnastics world it was certainly a little hard to read with everything that has come to light in the past few years but it was a great story about overcoming it and coming out strong. The competition portions dragged on a little as it went through nearly every girl's routine and got a little repetitive, but still a really fun and quick read especially if you enjoy gymnastics.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/4*Review to follow
  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    Really immersive. RTC.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    THE GYMNASTICS BOOK OF MY DREAMS!
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