Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein
Publisher: Atria Books • Publication Date: June 23, 2020
I’ve read all of Hannah Orenstein’s books so far, and Head Over Heels, which is being released tomorrow, June 23, is hands down my favorite book she has written! Women’s gymnastics is always my favorite thing to watch during the Summer Olympics, so I was eager to read this book.
Avery missed making the 2012 Olympic team when she was injured and now seven years later is looking to start her life over back home in Massachusetts after a break up with her boyfriend in California. Unsure what she wants to do with her life, she reluctantly agrees to help Ryan, a 2012 men’s gymnastic champion and her teenage crush, coach Hallie, an up and coming gymnast on her floor routine. As scandals in the women’s gymnastics world start becoming breaking news, Avery learns to deal with her past and figures out how she can help current and future gymnasts get the help they need.
This book sucked me in right from the start and I think it had to do with how Orenstein made Avery’s story so honest and wasn’t afraid to back away from her talking about being depressed, not knowing what her purpose in life should be and having her really grow throughout the story. Was I rooting for Avery and Ryan, of course, but I think the best relationships in the book were the ones that Avery had with Hallie, Jasmine, and Sara and that is what made this book so enjoyable to read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.