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Podium Finish

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  28 reviews
With six months until the Olympic Games, seventeen-year-old Harper's life is pretty much perfect. She's fighting for the starting spot on Team USA Women's Hockey, and for the first time ever, she has a crush on a guy who likes her back. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she runs a risky play at practice and breaks her knee, thereby sentencing herself to ...more
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Astraea Press
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the Olympics! And I think Olympians are amazing! When I saw this book come up for review so close to the Winter Olympics, I knew I had to read it. Harper and Alex have been roommates at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center for the past year. They've also become friends who support and rely on each other to get them through the tough days.

The book switches POV between Harper and Alex. Harper is working hard to gain a starting spot on the women's hockey team and the competition is f
Brigid ✩
I guess I'm a little biased because I am friends with the author (and I'm in the acknowledgments––woohoo!) but I did really enjoy Podium Finish. It's a very fun and addicting read and I read most of it in a single sitting. I think Ms. Pond just an excellent job realistically portraying the lives of her Olympic athlete characters, paying fine attention to adding believable details and distinguishing their two voices from each other. I found it a little hard to connect with at times because I am t ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. This book came to me right at the right time. I would have loved it anyway, but with the Winter Olympics coming up and being a HUGE Olympics fan, made this book even more exciting to me.

I often wonder what goes through the heads of Olympians as they struggle each day to make the team and this was a little glimpse into that life. Whether it was real or not, it was intense. I cannot even wrap my head around that kind of competition and stress.

I cannot imagine livi
Irene ~ Ice Cold Passion
I received a copy of this book as part of I am a Reader Not A Writer book tour. This in no way influences my honest opinion!
This book focusses on two characters, Harper and Alex. Both athletes training for a place on the American Olympic teams. This book gives an insight on how hard athletes have to train to even get to the Olympic games.

It also shows how athletes deal with injuries, this was a really interesting part because I didn't know much about it. Like how they treat sore muscles with a w
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Podium Finish is unlike any other book I have read, period. It is amazing that Ms. Pond could take two very different characters who are pursuing two completely different sports and tie them together as roommates at the Olympic Training Center. The perspective changes back and forth from Harper and Alex and as a reader it was so intriguing to read a book with two stories, two friends, two dreams for Olympic Gold. Pond flawlessly intertwined the two girls' stories and their friendship, goals, dre ...more
Nicely satisfying—twin stories of a hockey player and an ice dancer trying for the Olympics. I love that although there is a bit of romance, the characters in said romance know when to put training first (and, perhaps more to the point, that there's zero drama whatsoever about it) and that there isn't a romance in the place you'd necessarily expect. This is actually one where I'd happily have read two books instead of one—one book focussing on Harper and one on Alex.

The big question in both case
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
My Review: I love watching the Olympics. I don't know what it is; watching athletes become legends, the coming together of a country, the underdog stories, or a combination of these, but I love it. (Wow, that sounded cheesy.) Podium Finish was the perfect Olympic book, and I couldn't get enough of it.

The Multiple POV: was great. I loved both Harper and Alex, and I never was rushing ahead to get to my favorite POV because I loved their stories equally. Which almost never happens with me. I always
Katie W
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big sports fanatic. I watch a little here and there, especially if my kids are playing, but one thing that I absolutely love and spend hours and hours and hours watching, is the Olympics. I get into all of the sports and come to know the athletes. I watch sports that I would never watch otherwise, but this big event is heaven. Podium Finish was so much fun because not only did it tell one athletes road to the Olympics, but two.

Harper and Alex are roommates at the Olympic Training Cente
Karen Russell
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me just say.. Podium Finish was unlike any other book I have read. Pond touched on a subject most YA and teens love, the Olympics. I think every young girl out there has a dream or two of being the beautiful girl in the showy costumes, twirling on the ice. I know I did. Pond caught my interest immediately with the title and the cover!

Being a sports fan and having been on a sports team myself, I can relate a little to the competitiveness that comes with a sport like hockey. There were many
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great reading book. The female characters were strong and so wonderful to read about. If you want a book that has a small element of romance but really focuses on the female characters and their successes and struggles for success than this is one to read. Alex and Harper are two amazing characters. Although both seem strong on the outside they are scared on the inside especially when Harper has a injury that could ruin everything she ever wanted. Her boyfriend and Alex are there for ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Skating on ice...
Training hard...
And Going for the Gold...

Two girls...roommates at the Olympic Training Center...and their stories.

Harper is seeking a place on the Team USA Women's Hockey...when a knee injury sets her back on her goal. With the help of a boyfriend she wasn't planning on having she just might see her dreams come true.

Alex is seeking a medal with skating partner, Ace..but Ace is holding back secrets that leaves Alex feeling unsure about th
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, books-to-review
Clean romance book that had me on the edge of my seat since it was tied to the Olympics and wondering if Alex and Ace would do well in ice dancing. If Harper would make the women's hockey team. The author did a great job of making the reader feel the emotions of the characters.
Shelley Walker
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great, fun book! This story is really 2 stories in one - bonus! It is about 2 girls and their dreams about reaching the podium at the Olympics. It contains a little bit of everything and was truly enjoyable to read!
Soobie's scared
I kind of liked the story but I feel the author knew as much about Olympics than me about Russian ballet.

First, the idea of Reykjavík being the host city is simply ridicoulous. How can Iceland with 340.000 have enough money to host the Olympics? As much as I like Icelandic people, I'm pretty sure they don't have ice rinks (those for hockey, one for speed skating, one for short track and figure skating), a track for luge and bobsleigh, alpine skiing slopes, those for snowboard and freestyle skat
Roslyn K
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a decent story that followed two US Winter Olympics hopefuls in the run up to being chosen for their respective sports through to the Olympics themselves. There wasn't anything really objectionable about it, I just wasn't super into it either. Harper and Alex's stories felt weirdly disconnected, like they could have been two separate books that were spliced together to make up space. It was just kind of odd. I feel like I would have liked it more if more time was spent on their friendsh ...more
Mary H
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
Really, I'm going with 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up here. Full review posted here.

Reading Podium Finish so close to Being Sloane Jacobs made it impossible to not draw some comparisons between the two books, but I found that once you get past the ice skating and the hockey, both books stand by themselves, and I hope readers will give both a chance, not dismiss them merely for having so many surface similarities. Being Sloane Jacobs is more of a typical contemporary ya with sports allowing for t
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: skating
Definitely not what I was expecting. There was just too much going on in the story to get real character development
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alex and Harper are roommates at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, both aiming for the upcoming winter games. Harper is a hardcore hockey girl, while Alex recently switched from freestyle to dance in figure skating. Both of them are going to have to overcome some major obstacles if they want to live their Olympic dreams. Harper breaks her knee in a freak accident while Alex is dealing with a secretive partner and an overbearing father/manager. These two girls are determined to make their ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounding up
This book got me so excited for the Winter Olympic Games which are just around the corner! One of my favorite parts of any Olympics are the athlete spotlights that they do so you can get to know the athletes. The characters in this book felt like Olympian spotlights to me. Well, a more extended version and a bit more personal, but still.

Harper and Alex are both competing for a spot in the Olympics. They have both been training and working for this goal practically their whol
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Saw this in a giveaway on the author Jennifer Comeaux's site. I picked it up as I thought it might be something my daughter and I could read together. Plus, I have Olympic fever.

It is an enjoyable YA contemporary fiction. There is a very small romance side story but the center stage of this book is relationships in general (friendships, familial, between partners, between teammates etc) and also the drive of athletes. The book follows two 17 year old olympic contenders and the time proceeding up
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Podium Finish is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. This is a great novel that tells us the story of a group of teenagers training for the Olympic Games. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The author did a great job portraying the main characters, Harper and Alex. If you like reading stories about friendship, sports, Olympic Games, family, etc. this is the book for you. It has got everything, funny moments, romantic moments, etc. I can't wait to read more books ...more
Helena Pinder
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
as a figure skater myself I was dubious if the facts were going to be incorrect but all the minor details were correct. I was blown away by how gripping it was, I really enjoyed it. I would have actually liked more romance, that's the only thing that let this book down. in still convinced there should be something going on between Ace and Alex. Harper and Rye were the most adorable couple and I wanted more from them. I love both characters and their different points of view.
Kate Wagner
It's an enjoyable read but technically flawed. Did the author do any research into ice dance? It's unrealistic for a singles skater to make such a fast leap into ice dance. Ms. Pond seems to think it takes no time at all to accomplish and forgets about the fact that her heroine skips over the compulsories S if they don't apply to her. For this reason, I categorize this book as a Mary Sue.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read for anyone who enjoys skating and the olympics. The characters are likable and I enjoyed how the author switched points of view between the two main characters Alex, a figure skater, and Harper, a hockey player.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This book would have gotten a higher rating if there was another chapter finishing the story. I thought that the ending was too abrupt. It was a great book though and kept me interested throughout.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
wasn't totally angst driven which was nice - not the resolution I was expecting
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The mark of a good book is that it's a hazard to my bedtime, and this one definitely was last night! Can we get another installment of these characters' stories, please?!
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Harper and Alex are two athletes and Olympic hopefuls who dream of winning gold. I absolutely adored this book!
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