Monday, June 22, 2020

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

From the author of the Love at First Like and Playing with Matches, an electrifying rom-com set in the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics, full of Hannah Orenstein’s signature “charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension” (BuzzFeed).

The 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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Seven years after injuring herself and missing the Olympic team, former gymnast Avery returns to her hometown. She has broken up with her football star boyfriend, has no job and no direction. She is offered a job by former gymnast turned coach Ryan to help coach young Olympic hopeful Hallie.

I'm sure Head Over Heels is going to be marketed as a sports romance but it is so much more than a romance. This story is about Avery finding a path in the world when the path she expected to take disappeared. She trained her whole life for something that never happened, and it left her without a purpose. As a sports fan, I found this quite thought provoking.

There was so much I loved about this story, but Avery's personal growth was definitely center stage for me. Avery is so strong and I loved seeing her pull herself up by her bootstraps so to speak. But I also loved the romance with Ryan, who is a good guy but not perfect, seeing her work with and mentor Hallie, and getting to see life behind the scenes for a gymnastic coach.

I was completely sucked into Head Over Heels and I devoured the book in less than 48 hours. I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to see how her romance was going to turn out, if she was going to rekindle her friendship with former bestie Jasmine, and if Hallie was going to make the Olympic trials. This story was exciting to read and totally fabulous!

Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, and is the senior dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer and editor at She lives in Brooklyn.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein to read and review.

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