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Gold Medal Summer Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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"Gold Medal Summer more successfully reflects the competitive gymnast's spunk, thanks to Donna Freitas's flashier style and relatable protagonist, 13-year-old Joey Jordan." —The New York Times Book Review
"A sports story that handsprings away from romance and toward a commendable joy in accomplishment." —Kirkus
"Freitas is a former competitive gymnast, and her descriptions of routines are taut and eye-opening. Although the hardships of the sport are not underplayed, this is a largely positive novel about hard work and self-confidence." —School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the realism of the whole story. There was no unnecessary drama, it all just felt true to what these young girls would have been going through. There's also a great guy character as the romantic interest who is just a sweetheart. The insiders view of competitive gymnastics was intriguing, and made all the more interesting by knowing that the author was a competitive gymnast herself when she was younger. I completely bought into the family dynamics in this story as well. Joey is struggling with her relationships with her older sister and both of her parents, but she is able to come to terms and deal with them in a mature way.
When I met the author at NCTE, she said that she wrote the book she would have wanted to read when she was 12. I can see how that's true and think many other girls will feel the same way. Overall this was an enjoyable book that I will definitely be handing off to my students in the fall. I imagine the girls will be reading and passing this one on to each other.
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends.
We are introduced to Joey who is into gymnastics. She wants to follow in her older sister Julia's footsteps. She wants to be as great as her, but not retire like her.
Joey wants to win the Gold. Not the Silver or the Bronze, but the Gold.
Joey spends all of her time training, she doesn't have time for anything else. As she watches her friend Alex give up the dream of gymnastics, it just encourages Joey to spend more time focusing on herself than other things such as boys.
But as a boy comes back to town named Tanner, Joey has a lot of decisions to make and fast! A gymnast must focus. She must not let boy drama stand in her way.
Joey knows she can be better, do better; if only she had a better routine to fit her needs and talents so she goes behind her coach's back and starts practicing with someone else. It's just what she needs to win Nationals. With the support of her family (finally) and friends she believes this will be the chance she has been wanting for.
Gold Metal Summer was a fun read. I actually knew all the lingo for bends and tumbles because I have watched a few shows and read a few books about gymnastics. I wasn't completely in the dark, I knew what Joey was talking about!!! I could see her doing the moves in my mind.
This novel was a bittersweet read. It made me so happy. I felt giddy for most of it wanting to succeed in this dream with her.
Overall: What can I say? This book actually had depth to it, but it was also quirky and fun. I liked experiencing Joey's life with her.Read more ›
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
This book is so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry about the exclamation marks there. I can't believe that Coach Angelo goes mad at Joey because she didn't land properly. Some coaches will say make sure to tighten your body when you do any moves and before you land. I wouldn't like to have a Coach that just SCREAMS at you, I would just like a calm one you know or maybe alittle bit strict one and also calm.
When Joey was at the beach doing flips and practicing her handstand, she couldn't believe a boy started to talk to her. "Hi, do you remember me or not?"
"No I don't remember you actually," when she was walking on hands alittle bit away from him. She couldn't believe that the boy was so cute. After she came up she could see even more how cute the boy was.
"Do you remember me?" He continued. "I'm T.J. remember?"
"Oh hi T.J. Ididn't relize it was you because I was upside down doing a handstand."
"Acutally I don't go by T.J. anymore I go by Tanner."
"Well I better go because I got gymnastics training," she said putting on her flipflops on and getting her gymnastics bag.
Her assisant Coach taught Joey her new routines for Beam and Floor. The floor music made Joey smile and she LOVED the music every Friday night she could wi in the All-Arounds.
When the big day came she did her Floor Routine and after she had stick the landing she posed for a minute and she couldn't believe that the audience cheered wild for her!
Did her beam routine and after she had landed everyone in the audience cheer was wild again…
Find out what happeneds after the big All-Around competition!!!!
READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very well written and very entertaining. This book was everything I had hoped it to be, and more. I loved it!Published 17 days ago by Madison Hall
interesting age-appropriate book that shows how hard work and dedication can push a child ahead of the pack to achieve greatness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roseann1to3
Gold Medal Summer, by Donna Freitas is an intriguing realistic fiction story. It's about 200 pages long and is a fabulous book for 10-15 year olds! Read morePublished on November 5, 2013
i love how Joey rises above the challenges in and outside the gym sbe reallied showed that she deserved that gold medalPublished on August 26, 2013 by jhgbjjlvb bahsh
I'm a gymnast and I can relate this book is the best if you like gymnastics or care for it this the book for uPublished on April 20, 2013 by k grant
A great story on how stressful gymnastics can be but sticking to it can be so much fun!!!!! I would totally read this book againPublished on April 13, 2013 by Jason McElrath
it is a thrilling story with real life situations and challenges on the way I recommend you reading this bookPublished on March 6, 2013 by Caroline
I give this book five stars it was the inspiration for me doing gymnastics and I got the gold medal for all around tooPublished on February 10, 2013 by Summer Paris
I loved the book! I LOVE books like this!
I would recommend it to gymnasts who would know what the moves are, I relate because I am a junior Olympian.