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Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  948 ratings  ·  165 reviews
In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabby Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabby tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 19th 2012 by Zonderkidz (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lauren Hopkins
Oh boy...where do I begin? It's hard to be objective as a gymnastics writer who worked closely with these athletes over the last quad and who was there for a lot of what's being written about here by someone who has clearly never seen a competition. I went in with very low expectations, knowing that there was a push to get this book out before the holidays. Its biggest problem is that it reads like a wikipedia entry, embellished by an overuse of "teen slang" (it's like if a Chinese farmer in 871 ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Gabby Douglas is awesome; her "memoirs" (read: juvenile summary of her life including some awkwardly candid opinions of her absent father) not so much. I'm sure young people (teens or younger) will enjoy this, but I found myself cringing at the language and bored stiff. A shame because Athlete Gabby is Gold.

Very glad I only paid $1.99 for the Ebook.
Andrea
I think Gabby is a neat girl who did amazing things with winning two gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics. I remember watching the Olympics on tv and I'm a fan.
I think this book would've been way better if she waited 5 years or so to tell her story. It's very teenager-ish with lol slang, etc, and not great writing. There are also some perspectives about her father that feel like she's trying to get back at him - he's not great and has not been supportive, but the way she says it feels weird.
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Emily
I read the e-book on a whim one Friday night, despite not at all being in the target audience. While the tween-speak comes with the territory, I found the relaying of Gabby's rise to the top of the podium disappointing and even disturbing. Unfortunately, the book shies away from any details about the actual training and competitive experience involved in making it to the Olympics and instead focuses on Gabby's home life and personal struggles in managing the demands of elite gymnastics.

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Todd Cannon
When I discovered that this book had been written I was eager to read it. I loved watching Gabrielle Douglas in the Olympics. I appeared that many people were eager to read it because I had to put a hold on it at the Library and wait my turn.

My turn finally came and I brought it home. After reading the first few chapters I was really unimpressed. The language in the book is too much like a teenager talking. I have no problem with teenagers and I love talking to them but I expect a book to be di
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Cheryl
Sixteen year old Gabrielle Douglas recounts her journey to becoming an Olympic champion gymnast and the first American gymnast to win both an individual and team gold medal in one Olympics. Gabrielle faced some very difficult challenges along the way. When she was just a baby, Gabrielle's family lived in a van while her parents sought work. Then, after her parents divorced, Gabrielle's mother worked multiple jobs just to keep her children fed and clothed. As it became apparent that Gabrielle had ...more
Sara Bennett
After seeing Gabby Douglas perform in the 2012 Olympics I had become a fan of her happy smile and nickname, the flying squirrel. So when I saw this book at the library I was super happy and picked it up without a second thought. I had read a similarly styled book by Shawn Johnson about her life and the Olympics. And after the Olympics too. So I was hoping for something about the same.

While this book is mostly about Gabby's life leading up to the Olympics it does have a chapter or more on the Oly
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Selena
Jun 14, 2013 Selena added it
It was an okay book. It was an interesting read to see how she went from sleeping in her family's van to Gold medal winner. Whoever edited the book did so horribly. Misspellings and at one point in the book she is talking about her host dad Travis and then a couple sentences later his name was Trevor. I had to realize that she was a teenager writing so of course it had a lot of teenage talk in it. But all in all, a neat book. I read it in a day. Easy read. I'm not going to do cartwheels over it, ...more
NCPL Teenzone
If you watched the 2012 London Olympic Games, you've heard of Gabrielle Douglas. She was a member of the Fierce Five, who won team gold for the USA and she became the first woman of color from any nationality to win the all around gold. But there is a lot more to know about this sixteen year old phenom. Learn about her siblings, her family struggles, and what she sacrificed in order to fulfill her Olympic dreams.

Why I picked up this book: I love reading current "celebrity" biographies and this l
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Emma
Feb 13, 2013 Emma rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This book was a book club choice and so perhaps not the first I would choose. I liked it, but with many reservations... I do not feel that the Ghost writer (a regular contributor Oprah Winfrey's O magazine) gave Gabby sufficient room to explore the themes she sets up in the book. Broadly speaking, her estranged father's abandonment, her faith and her training and preparation regimen were all touched upon but never really examined satisfactorily.

The 2012 Olympics experience in particular was rush
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caitysreadviews
This review is courtesy of Caity's Readviews.

Along with millions of other Americans, I was faithfully watching and supporting young Gabby Douglas during the 2012 Summer Olympics last year, from the time she was selected for the only guaranteed spot on Team USA, ’til the moment she made Olympic history as the first woman of color and African American gymnast to win the individual all-around gold. Her tiny but fiercely strong frame, her unabashed expression of love and gratitude towards God, and h
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Eileen
You have to take into consideration that it is written by a 16 year old. There are a lot of "(lol)" throughout, but it's a mature account of how her dream unfolded--bumps, bruises, highs and lows. It is a great testament to "It Takes a Village" to raise our kids and from "rags to riches." She is an incredibly insightful young lady who truly appreciates the sacrifices her family made, the generosity of strangers, and her faith to help her get to her ultimate destination. She is candid about her e ...more
Emma D
This book is AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!



This book is very inspiring to people like me because she's a gymnast, I'm a gymnast. It makes me strive for my goal in gymnastics..... to be the best gymnast I can be. This gymnast in particular really inspires me because she didn't have a very good life at the start. She lived in the back of a van for almost a year. She had almost nothing a now she is an Olympic champion. In fact she is the first African-American and first woman of color from any nation to win a
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pianogal
I came across this one at the library and thought why not? It was pretty good, but it kinda feels like your reading a 3rd grade book report. I don't know if the ghost writer needed to do a better job or what, but I thought a lot of this was superficial. It was interesting, having watched the events happen on TV to see a little bit behind the scenes, but every thing was just barely touched on.

Also I kinda can't believe I saw several lols in the actual printed text. Really???????????? Give your s
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Laura
After I read Shawn Johnson's book, I decided to read Gabby's, but overall was a little disappointed. Some of the writing seemed to be all over the place and there were stories put in that were come rely irrelevant. It would have been better if she had talked more about her experiences at the Olympics, as far as friends she had made along the way and things like that. I guess I was hoping it was going to be more like Johnson's book and it really wasn't. Still interesting to read about the challen ...more
Zoe
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Gabrielle Douglas is one of my favorite gymnasts. She has just the right balance of power and grace that makes her really shine - especially in the all-around competition.

However, I did not particularly like her autobiography Grace, Gold, and Glory - especially after reading fellow Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson's Winning Balance.

Now, while Douglas may be an Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, unfortunately, Grace, Gold, and Glory was not quite a gold-medal winning book in my eyes. The flaws an
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Lindsey Silvestrini
I just love healthy role models for my little girl growing up in this world where it seems that unhealthy people dominate the media. My four year old Paige loves gymnastics and I showed her this book by Gabrielle Douglas: Grace, Gold & Glory and talked to her about her amazing life!

Since the whole book is wonderfully illustrated with pictures from Gabrielle's life, I was able to go through it with Paige even though she's just four. There is a picture of Gabrielle close to Paige's age when sh
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Brook
Apr 07, 2014 Brook added it
After reading this book, you begin to understand that you should never give up and you can do anything if you really want it. In this story, Gabby Douglas lives with her mother and siblings. Her mother does not have a lot of money but Gabrielle really wants to do gymnastics with the most famous teacher. When he sees her skills, he wants her to move to come to his classes. Gabrielle's mo can not do that so she sends her with a host family. While she stayed there. she had injuries, competing in co ...more
Paige
As a former gymnast, I absolutely love Gabby Douglas. I didn't expect much from this book in terms of it being great literature, but I'm still giving it one star. It was definitely a good read in that I enjoyed learning about Gabby's road to the Olympics, but my enjoyment of the book ended there, which is fine since I didn't go into reading it hoping to get more than that out of it. I would say it's a good read for young athletes and for anyone who watched her rock the Olympics.
Gabrielle
I really like this auto biography of Gabrielle Douglas, im a fan of hers and the sport so it was interesting to read about her journey to becoming an olympic medal gymnast and also to learn more about her life and get to understand her at a personal level. I liked that the chapters were varied so like one chapter would be about her family and her life and then the other would talk about her life as a gymnast and her experiences in gymnastics.
NewFranklin School
I love this book! Not only is this book well written but it inspires me and I think every body should read it because she has an amazing story! It will grab your attention the whole way through!
-Maddy Z.
Izzy
This was a really good book. Yeah it was written for kids, it was a quick and fun read. As a gymnast, it's easy to connect to what she writes about. She writes about her challenges and how she overcame what was in front of her in a totally different way. Its inspiring and makes you think. It shows that determination can bring you anywhere.
Sharice
great book. what an Olympic Journey. Its motivational, a little spiritual, its well put together. what an awesome life shes lived and shes still young! great person & wonderful role model. beautiful person inside and out. I also found a new respect for gymnasts!
Josie S.
The book I read was Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas. I believe the central idea of this book was to never loose faith in yourself, even if you do not think you can do it, do not give up on it. In the book Gabrielle is a young girl who falls in love with gymnastics, and soon finds that she is very talented at it. She tells the readers her experience and thoughts on her life. She spends hours on end working in the gym, preparing for all her competitions. Through her j ...more
Christine Lussier
Easy short read about Gabby's gymnastics life. I was surprised to learn how "unavailable" her father was-certainly not what came across on tv! Also, I'm amazed at what a strong set of beliefs she has-reminded me of Shawn Johnson.
Emma H
I never finished this book but it is a very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,veryvery,very,very,very,very,very,very,very,and 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000x good book!
Charli Brown
What can I say? It was quite good and fun to read. I really like Gabby, but I could tell that she is an athlete, not a writer. I found her story very uplifting and surprising, but I thought she cut out some parts that I would like to have heard about. She covered her life thoroughly up until the Olympics. She sufficiently the all around final as well, but what annoyed me was that she didn't even mention that she made the beam and bars final. I was actually specifically looking forward to reading ...more
Josie M.
The story totally over rules he fact that Gabby is not a writer, What a inspiring and amazing book! A must read for anyone who has ever doubted their goals.
Tish Elliott
I liked it. She is very religious. Interesting world.
Fran
You don't say "lol" in a book, EVER.
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Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she made history, becoming the first US gymnast to take home a team and an individual gold medal in the same Olympics. Gabrielle began her training at age six, and became the Virginia State Champion only two years later. When she was fourteen, she left her family in Virginia Beach to train with coach Liang Chow in ...more
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“So many times in life we're faced with a choice: when a task becomes super difficult, will we flip out and quit, or will we stay focused and keep fighting?". "With strong faith in God and some serious determination, every dream is possible - especially if your mama refuses to let you fly home, fry chicken, and give up” 6 likes
“Grace, Gold, Glory. Those three little words now have the biggest meaning for me. Grace - That's all about how my father's love, mercy and forgiveness will never (ever) run out. Gold - yes, that describes the pair of medals I will always feel so privileged to wear, but it's also the standard we can use in how kindly we treat one another. Glory - when God shares it with us, there's only one thing we can do: give it right back to Him” 5 likes
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