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Head Over Heels: A Novel Paperback – June 23, 2020
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An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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That being said, this book would probably not have held my interest if I were not interested in gymnastics. It's a good book, but it's pretty straightforward. There's no intricate plot here or major twists to be found. The characters themselves are not overly complex, either, but it's such a light read does it really matter? The book does deal with some current issues such as abuse of young female athletes and the #MeToo movement, but it neither adds much to the plot or contributes anything new to the real-life conversation.
Still, I enjoyed this book for what it was. It's light and fluffy and exactly what I needed right now in a book. It only took me a couple of days to read it and I don't regret the time spent! If, like me, you enjoy gymnastics and/or watching the summer Olympics, you will probably enjoy Head Over Heels.
Excellent character development, Avery felt so real and believable in her struggles and how she grew.
I’d say the author was well researched, but no need to research as it’s clear her passion for the sport shone through. The level of subject matter expertise for the sport was present, though it was written in a way that I could still understand the technical terms so I can paint a picture of the gymnastics in my mind.
Overall, such a fun book that allowed me to escape our reality of 2020 and go to a more fun place.