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Gold Medal Summer (Gold Medal)

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Just in time for the Olympics: A gymnastics novel to flip for!

Joey Jordan loves gymnastics: the thrill of performing a backflip on the beam, the cheers of the audience when she sticks a landing. But even with all her talent and style, she's never quite made it to that gold medal stand.

Now big changes shake up Joey's life in and out of the gym. Joey wants to break out some
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Princess Bookie
May 24, 2012 Princess Bookie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2012
My Thoughts: Do you like gymnastics? Watch Make It Or Break It on ABCFamily? This book reminds me so much of Make It Or Break It, which I love.

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
Ms. Yingling
Jan 14, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Joey Jordan spends the vast majority of her time practicing gymnastics, just like her older sister Julia did before she retired. Her best friend Trish has trained with her since they were tiny, but things are changing. Trish's ankle has been giving her trouble, and as the girls enter high school, Trish is more interested in boys than in practicing nonstop. Joey is interested in Tanner, with whom she had been friends and who has moved back to town. He is interested in her, but when he wants to ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Daniela rated it really liked it
This book is about a gymnast named Joey Jordan. Joey Jordan Loves gymnastics, but can't quite obtain her goal to winning a gold medal. She is very talented but when it comes to her beam routine she's not that good, she never sticks her backflip. Big changes occur: Her best friend is thinking about quitting gymnastics and a cute boy named Tanner moves into town. These changes allow her to keep improving and working on her backflip on beam. Joey gets very disappointed since nationals is almost up ...more
Alyssa Hanks
May 03, 2016 Alyssa Hanks rated it it was amazing
The book gold medal summer written by Donna Freitas is about a young gymnast named Joey Jordan. This book shares the daily struggles she goes through and choices she has to make. Joey Jordan is a elite gymnast, her goal is to do something she has never done before... win gold at a competition. In order to do this Joey has to focus on nothing but gymnastics. Focusing soon becomes hard when an old friend Tanner moves back into town. Also practice becomes a lot harder and Joey loses her closest ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Paige added it
I read this book a few years ago and loved it! As a gymnast, I was able to relate to many situations that the main character, Joey, went through, but not all of them. I enjoyed this book mainly because it was very unpredictable and that's what made me not want to put it down! I defiantly recommend this book to not only gymnasts, but athletes in general as it has a great plot and not a dull moment!
Alyssa Durkin
Oct 11, 2013 Alyssa Durkin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gymnastics
I think this was a amazing book so please read it to it is the first gymnastics book that I have ever read so please read it it is one of the best
Paige H
Nov 16, 2016 Paige H rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it kind of takes you through the life of a gymnast showing you the struggles you have to overcome and all the good things that come out of being a gymnast. It also was really is to follow along with what was happening with the character and what she did to help the story move along. I've read things book 2 different times because I do think it was that good.
Jillian Heise
Jul 20, 2012 Jillian Heise rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

I really enjoyed Donna Freitas' first book, THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD, and I expected a similar style of a fun, contemporary, romantic book with a teen girl coming into her own and finding her own strength in becoming confident in herself. GOLD MEDAL SUMMER met that expectation in a great middle grades story that is very timely with the summer Olympics coming up this summer. This book was a quick read because it is definitely written o
Kelly Hager
Jun 21, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
For pretty much her entire life, Joey Jordan has had one goal: win a gold medal in gymnastics. Her older sister, Julia, won the gold medal at Nationals a few years ago, and Joey is determined to follow in her footsteps and equally determined that this is her year. But there are problems: her best friend and squadmate, Alex, is thinking about leaving the sport and one of her childhood friends (Tanner) is now back in town and really, REALLY cute---and interested in her. And if there is one rule on ...more
Tammy Walquist
Aug 15, 2012 Tammy Walquist rated it really liked it
Having just finished watching the impressive gymnasts competing in the London Olympics, I was more than a little excited to get my hands on this book. I've always admired them, and this book gave me insight into the sacrifices these girls have to make to get to such a high level of competition.

Joey Jordan has been training as a gynmast for most of her 14-year-old life. Unable to avoid getting psyched by her rivals, she feels she's living in the shadow of her older sister, Julia, who won the Nati
Jun 22, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Joey Jordan has always known that gymnasts lead a different kind of life. If they are not totally committed to their sport, they will never be successful. This means endless hours of training both in the gym and outside of the gym; with the coach and without the coach. And it seems no social life - especially no dating. She and her best friend Alex, both about to turn 13, begin to question just how committed they want to be to the sport. Are all the injuries worth it? And all the yelling from ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I love to watch Gynnactics if you love Gynnactics you will love this book!
Jackie Miller
May 26, 2012 Jackie Miller rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any MG for awhile now. This is another one I'll mark down as 'must read' for my girls when they are old enough. It's such a sweetly moving story of one girl's summer and how she basically matures and gains confidence in herself.

I found the content to bring back so many nostalgic memories of my own summers around this time of my life. Maybe not so much the gymnastics part of it in my case :) Your first crush, the nervous anticipation of seeing that someone...your first kiss. It was
Sep 27, 2013 Liralen rated it liked it
It always surprises me that there aren’t more gymnastics novels, or at least not more that I’ve been able to find. Granted, there’s a pretty narrow window in terms of the best time to promote them (say, once every four summers...), but even so—doesn’t gymnastics garner enough interest to warrant more books about it? It’s also unique in that female competitors are typically in their teenage years (don’t get me started on the very different standards for male and female gymnastics)—so, as far as t ...more
Sarah Fehrnstrom
Oct 22, 2015 Sarah Fehrnstrom rated it it was amazing
When I read a book I mainly look for humor, romance, and resemblance to my own life experiences. Gold Medal Summer is the apitomy of those words. To call this book inspiring, powerful, and well written would be a complete understatement. I am a level 6 gymnast, and I have gone through many of the challenges Joey Jordan, (main character,) has learned to overcome. The author Donna Freitas focused on sending the message that living two lives with sports and boys is difficult, and we have to learn ...more
Joey loves to do gymnastics with her best friend Alex. But Alex feels like dropping out of gymnastics because of her broken ankle and Joey feels upset because Alex has always done gymnastics with Joey and the had dreams that they would be doing the beam together but Joey wouldn't let anybody crush her dreams of being a gymnastism and winning a gold medal. Joey is determined because she doesn't care what people say about her she really wants to win gold and and now that Alex isn't there to ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
I like to read the books my students and children are reading - just so I understand what they are interested in. I found this fascinating, as my daughter truly related to it. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of a character who is as dedicated to gymnastics as my daughter is - kind of like taking a peek into her mind. I think it will help prepare me for the emotions of the next few years as she continues onher quest for success at Nationals - we arenot there yet, but that is my daughters ...more
Nicole E
Jun 01, 2015 Nicole E rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book Gold Medal Summer. The story is about a girl named Joey who is really competitive in gymnastics. through out the book, Joey practices some new routines and hopes she can do them perfectly so she can win a gold medal. I really liked how the author uses description to describe each event, and finding out what happens in the next chapter. I recommend this book to people who like gymnastics or any kind of sport.

Updated June 1,2015

The main character Joey really loves gymnast
Jun 27, 2016 Eszter rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!! So much fun and had a very satisfying ending. This book was so much fun to read and was perfectly set in the summer. I didn't want it to end and I want a sequel! Joey was a perfect character, sassy but sweet and totally clueless about boys. I have to say, Donna Frietas did the best job of creating a perfect kiss scene. When you read it you think, why can't that happen to me? I also loved how it focused on gymnastic because I love the sport. I recommend this book to anybody ...more
This is such an amazing book! You really should read this! I am not going to spoil it but make sure you read it! She is a gymnast,and her best friend quit. If you want to know more, READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!READ IT I TELL U!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gold Medal Summer
Oct 09, 2012 Frasar565 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It gave me a huge view point from a gymnast's life, and I could not put the book down! (I even had to bring the book with me when I went out to dinner with my family!)It's a well paced book, with an adorable storyline, and I loved the diversity of each character. Each chapter had a sprinkle of laughs, a smile, and a little bit of romance. People who like genres that consist of romance, and sports (active and artistic like gymastics),I reccomend this wonderful book to ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Susie rated it liked it
Maybe a 3 1/2 (and the book uses the old scoring system for gymnastics). I liked the idea of reading this close to the time of the Olympics. It seemed a bit cliched, although I really wish my urban students would look at life more like Joey. It was little hard for me to believe that Joey's parents would never go to her meets until the end, and I wondered if opponents really can heckle you as Sarah and Jennifer do in the book. I appreciate that the author is a former gymnast, and I don't think ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 16, 2016 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
Here is a sports book I loooooved! Hand this to all the tweens who will be watching gymnastics during the Olympics this summer!!

Freitas knows her stuff and includes lots of gymnastics details that will appeal to kids who love performing or watching the sport. There's also friend drama, mean girls, and a dreamy boy (who might be too much of a distraction..) to round out the story. I admit to pausing in my reading to look up gymnastics routines on YouTube. I am so excited for the summer Olympics t
Anastasia Tuckness
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great depiction of a teen and her friends, sister, family, gymnastics, and a new boy (who's an old friend). As much as I can imagine what it would be like to be an excellent competitive gymnast balancing that with school and friends, I think this book is spot on.

(The author's books are a fascinating mix of realistic fiction, dystopia, and academic treatises about religion. Was surprised to see this.)
Sep 16, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A good read following up this summer's Olympics. Middle graders (and some older) will like the drama and the inside look at a competitive gymnast's life. Freitas glosses over some of the uglier realities that I imagine are also a factor in the sport--food is rarely mentioned and weight/body image is never brought up, neither is managing school within their intense training schedule. It makes for a cleaner story, but a less realistic, more glamorized portrayal of elite gymnastics.
Nov 29, 2012 Sadie rated it really liked it
I Really liked this book. I would reamend this book to someone who likes gymnastics. Its about a girl who named Joey Jordan who loves gymnastics. She loves to come to the gym and workout! Her dream is to stand up on that podiam. I am just like her, we are both thirteen and in gymnastics. We both have a dream to stand on the first place podiam. She is tring really hard at practice so she will do good at the meets. Some charictors are Joey Jordan, Alex, and Tanner.
Cameron Daniels
May 21, 2014 Cameron Daniels rated it it was amazing
This book ways a ticket into the life of a pre- teen girl, but not just any girl, this girl is a serious gymnast with a lot of decisions to make. I liked this book, because it felt very real, and I felt like I just jumped into the story and watched it all happen. It was like seeing a movie. I could feel the same emotions as the characters did, when I read about it. This is a great book for someone who likes to go beyond reading the book, someone who wants to be part of the book.
Jan 06, 2016 Anais rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this book because i can relate to the character and it motivates me to try and do a trick in gymnastics. As i read on the book ges more and more interesting and grabs my attention.This is really a good booki and i reccomend this book to every girl who loves gymnastics.Donna Freitas
Sep 01, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
Usually, I'm not a huge fan of gymnastics fiction and go more for biographies and nonfiction, but I actually enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the different characters all had some personality. I will admit I did find myself skimming parts that felt repetitive, which is why I couldn't give it more than 3 stars.

If you like gymnastics stories, you should try this book.
Nov 13, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it
The story, Gold Medal Summer, speaks honestly to female athletes of any discipline. The message of hard work mixed with the temptations of crushes and competition will be fascinating to young girls. This realistic story portrays the main character Joey so skillfully, you cheer for her through her failures and triumphs. Gold Medal Summer will not stay on your library shelf!
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