Review: Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels
52765013By Hannah Orenstein
336 pages
Published June 23, 2020
Atria Books
 Source: purchased for myself via Book of the Month 

About the Book:
he past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.

Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.

 What a FUN read!! Contemporary romance is my favorite genre, especially lately with everything going on with the pandemic. I'm super sad the Olympics were canceled--I have a slight obsession with both the winter and summer games. I would watch it 24/7 for the entire 16 days if I could--so the irony that I'm home all the time now and would have time to watch had they not been canceled is just crazy. Anyway, enter Head Over Heels--about the world of Olympic gymnastics (my favorite summer games sport). This book was a PERFECT binge read during what should've been the Olympic Games--I read the entire thing in one day because it was just that good.

I loved all the characters in this book, especially Avery.  I loved her chemistry with Ryan. I loved how she mentored Hallie. I loved that the author clearly knew about gymnastics (she was a former gymnast). That authenticity made the book that much better. I also loved that yoga was incorporated into the book--the whole section where she describes Avery's first yoga class is almost exactly how I felt during my first yoga class.

If you're looking for a perfect, binge worthy romance--and if you're missing the Olympics this year--this is the perfect read for you!  I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful book!