AusYABloggers Blog Tour Stop: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

A huge thank you to the amazing ladies at AusYABloggers for having me on the tour for Break the Fall, hosted in partnership with Hachette Australia & Date a Book – thank you for sending me a copy of Break the Fall to read and review as part of the tour! Don’t miss the other participants’ posts too:

Add Break the Fall to your Goodreads TBR:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44432299-break-the-fall

Published in Australia on the 11th February, 2020 by Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette.

Purchase Links:

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/break-the-fall-jennifer-iacopelli/book/9781444953244.html

Dymocks:

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/break-the-fall-by-jennifer-iacopelli-9781444953244

Angus & Robertson:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/break-the-fall-jennifer-iacopelli/p/9781444953244

Australian RRP: $16.99

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Page Count: 322

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Hachette Australia:

A fiercely told survivorship novel about one girl’s determination to push her body to win gold at the Olympics, and the power of uniting as women to speak out.

The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the agony in her back. Every spasm and ache will be worth it once she has that gold medal around her neck.

But none of her training prepares her for her coach being led away in handcuffs, accused by a fellow gymnast of the unthinkable. No one knows what, or who to believe and Audrey’s teammates go into meltdown.

As the Olympic torch closes in, Audrey has no idea who to trust, let alone what life holds after her final dismount. The only thing she can do is hope that in the end, belief in herself and what’s left of her team, will be enough for gold.

My Review:

Break the Fall was honestly such an exciting and empowering read! I loved everything about this book and I feel like there’s so much to celebrate about it!!

I instantly was fixated with Audrey Lee’s character and completely drawn in to her life! She’s instantly a likeable character and I couldn’t wait for her to be amazing and I absolutely had my fingers crossed that she’d get through to the Olympics to showcase everything that the amazing US Gymnastics team had to offer!

And what a team they were! At the helm of this brilliant team is of course Audrey Lee, honestly! There were so many moments where I was just honestly so proud of her!! When one of her team mates is accused of lying about allegations in regards to their Coach’s malicious actions towards her, Audrey Lee is not having an inch of it! I’ll never not sing Audrey Lee’s praises for standing up for her team mate and bringing the team together even more! Although this book details the journey that the whole of the US Gymnastic team goes through, Audrey Lee is the narrator of it and to me it is absolutely her story! So whilst I was definitely cheering on for the team as a whole, I just could not get enough of Audrey’s sheer determination and her passion for gymnastics and honestly I just feel like it oozed so perfectly through the pages.

I must admit, I’m truly one of the least sporty people in existence, but I could not help but get caught up in all this excitement and energy! In equal measures, when allegations are announced and come to light, I felt so so horrified and heartbroken for these girls! I mean, who did he think he was to do this?! But honestly, these girls are all worth celebrating, especially Audrey Lee! The pressure that she feels throughout, not only to be selected to showcase her talents, being part of the US Gymnastics team, but also having to deal with recurring muscle pain! I just loved her fighting spirit throughout this book, for herself and for her team! The moments when she’d perform her solo routine to the beautiful song that is Moon River, I got so emotional every time! Not only did I get emotional though, I couldn’t help but just be in awe of her performance and I could see it play out in my mind as she went through it!

I loved the mostly united front and friendship between all these amazing girls! I say mostly because of course there is often a few exceptions where not everyone will agree with one another, but honestly the bumps that Emma and Audrey go through just hurt my heart! Best friends since childhood, they find themselves on opposing ends briefly during this book, but honestly Emma when she had her moments of realization and her true thoughts and experiences were revealed, I felt for her so much! It was great character development for Emma’s part too, someone who had always been so at ease and such a flawless natural gymnast, always the best of the best, but it was certainly fascinating when she was battling with her inner thoughts about what had happened to her team mate at the hand of their coach, her reactions throughout – from disbelief to sheer ignorance and then to guilt – just seeing how it affected her performance was really interesting in terms of how it was all playing out! I absolutely loved these aspects of Emma’s development, as she was initially a character I loved, especially as I mentioned, her friendship with Audrey! So reading about what she thought initially and what she had to say throughout as reveals were happening was brilliant!

The pacing of this book was so addictive, I was wholly invested right from the get go and did not want to put it down! I felt every emotion that these characters felt too, especially the wonderful Audrey Lee! This book is definitely one that I’ll be recommending and I feel like it should completely be celebrated, Audrey Lee and her team mates! Such a triumph, after so much heart ache and terrifying experiences! I’ll be smiling about Audrey Lee’s triumphs and this teams’ friendship, their sisterhood and unity for plenty of time to come!!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

About Jennifer Iacopelli:

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave, ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favourite authors were L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett, both of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-butt. Jennifer writes authentically about sports; she covered the Rio Olympic games in 2016 and has made several featured appearances on the famous gymnastics podcast, GymCastic.

2 comments

  1. I’m about to start this one next Brooklyn and super excited now after reading your review. I love books with empowered females that inspire and it’s such an important read in the #metoo era. I love that Audrey Lee defended her teammates against those who didn’t believe them, we need more books with sisterhood. Brilliant review Brooklyn, super stoked that you enjoyed it!

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