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Gold Medal Summer

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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 daring new beam and floor routines--but she'll have to defy he
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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I've loved and been a fan of gymnastics my entire life, and I especially love the summer Olympics and watch everything I can of each gymnastics event, so I loved this book.

Joey Jordan follows in her older, retired (from the sport) gold medalist sister Julia's footsteps and Joey pretty much eats, breaths, and sleeps gymnastics. She hits some bumps in the road when her best friend, trainer and gold medalist, Trish, deals with some physical issues with her body and Joey starts getting more interest
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Have you ever dreamed that one day you could be a gold medal gymnast? That I'd what Joey Jordan wishes every day. This book wasn't very long, only 231 pages. I would say this book is geared towards 8-12 year olds. This is the story of Joey Jordan, a gymnast that dreamed of one day becoming a gold medal gymnast. She wants to change her routine, but she has to go behind her coaches back to do it. And her best friend is quitting gymnastics. Then on top of that, Tanner has moved back into town, and ...more
Princess Bookie
Oct 28, 2011 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
Aug 19, 2012 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 wa ...more
Nov 09, 2015 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 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 tea ...more
Feb 08, 2016 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 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
Jordyn H
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book teaches you to stand up for yourself and to never ever lose confidence in yourself.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spoilers Ahead!!!
Gold Medal Summer
By:Shayla Hardee

Gold Medal Summer is a story written by Donna Freitas about a gymnast who has a bumpy road to become a gold medalist like her older sister and best friend. Everything was going as usual until boys started to get into the picture and changed all that Joey Jordan and her friends ever knew. Joeys world is turned upside down but changes for the better even if she didn’t expect it to end the way it did. This bo
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars. Pretty good book, to be honest. I really like reading books about gymnasts, and this one was pretty good. The plot was great, good characters, witty dialogue. My only complaint: The ending. In the end, right before Joey wins her All-Around gold, her sister Julia tells Joey there might, just might be room for boys in gymnastics life. If this were true, the author should have had Joey talk to Tanner, (the boy) and work something out. Instead, Joey wins and the book is over. A bit too mu ...more
Kim Bakos
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet story for middle-grade girls. What I like is that the only "romance" is a couple of kisses, so it is a book I would feel comfortable letting a younger girl read if they were a more advanced reader. As someone who was reading books that were totally inappropriate for my age, I am always aware of who might read a story and if it is OK for them.
Maddie Birk
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot! Since i'm in gymnastics this book was really easy to understand. One of the things I didn't like was some parts it was really slow and it didn't catch my attention. Joey is the main character and now shes having hard decisions her best friend Alex is quiting gymnastics for good. She wants to learn new skills but her coach keeps saying no.
Paige H
Nov 15, 2016 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.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please make more!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was a cute gymnastics book similar to some of the teen/tween gymnastics movies on Netflix.
Pamela Israel
This book was too cliche and predictable for me. And I really didn't like her coach.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Jillian Heise
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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 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 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
Feb 16, 2017 added it
I loved this book because I used to do gymnastics, so I relate to her life with gymnastics somewhat.
Apr 10, 2013 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 he ...more
Jackie Miller
May 26, 2012 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
Jul 11, 2012 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 20, 2015 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 h ...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 suppor ...more
Jun 23, 2012 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
Mar 05, 2015 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 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 wh ...more
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