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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Jessture.com (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978748263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978748265
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,026,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By msimps on November 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jesse's new novel comes just in time for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and tells the story of a young gymnast whose dreams of making the national team are dashed when her parents can no longer afford to keep her training at her gym. Bitter and disillusioned, she grudgingly accepts her new life as a common citizen only to have the chance of a lifetime fall right in her lap: an invitation to serve as team captain of the United States' new girls' gymnastics team.

Without giving anything away, let me just say that I found the book to be highly entertaining, not as a fast-paced sports novel, but as a more introspective character study which just happens to take place in the sports world. I would compare it to White Palms---an EXCELLENT gymnastics film---in that the focus is on the characters and not just the gymnastics. Even so, Jesse comes across as knowing his sport. There are also plenty of interesting societal ideas tossed around. For example, people competing in any capacity---whether it be sports or academics---are called "elites" and enjoy various benefits over "common" citizens, such as discounted food prices, free housing, and free public transportation. There's also an underlying theme of the need for secrecy in a world where surveillance is the rule, and EVERYONE is chipped (or "tagged").

I liked Monica's character a lot, mostly because she felt real, she had genuine, raw emotions and she made mistakes. She learned her lessons the hard way. There's a lot here that middle school readers could relate to. Outside a handful of swear words and an in insinuated rape scene, I don't understand why this is being marketed as an adult novel.
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I thought the book was great to read for young teenagers and older. Not only did it promote the healthy body image for young girls, it made good use of vocabulary and multi level concepts. It encourages family support and close friendships as well as personal relationships and thinking beyond the "moment". Highly recommend! Cheryl Lee, Orange County, CA
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Great futuristic look at the Olympics. if u like gymnastics this a great book to read. really liked how it turned out
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By Jack on April 3, 2013
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It was a good book it had action and imagination It always had me wondering and trying to figure out what was going to happen next
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By abbeynormal on November 6, 2008
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If you're looking for a great character study, this is the novel for you. I loved every aspect of the book from front to back. It was an amazingly good read. Kudos again to Jesse Gordon.
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