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Finding My Shine

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Nastia Liukin is an Olympic gymnastics all-around gold medalist, but the road to her success was not an easy one. In Finding My Shine, she shares not only her personal journey of success, but also her biggest challenges, including her career ending fall during the 2012 Olympic Trials that she now says was the defining moment of her life. Throughout this book, she delivers ...more
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Shine Publishing
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Kylie D
There's no doubt that Nastia Liukin is an dedicated and talented young woman, yet her autobiography is about everything but gymnastics. Yes we get that she has a loving family and she is whip smart, but we need the blood, sweat and tears. Instead of going through her learning the movements, choreographing routines and the atmosphere of nailbiting competitions, we get her school timetable and when and what she eats for lunch. Uninspiring.
Cristina Bencina
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Finding My Shine

I want to start off by saying I'm a big gymnastics fan. When I heard that Nastia Liukin, one of my favorite gymnasts, was coming out with a memoir, I absolutely had to have it and preordered it immediately.

To my dismay, when the book arrived I was already disappointed with the size of the book. (160 pages) Considering it's the tale of an Olympic AA Champion, I expected more substance.

Finding My Shine lacks a distinct vision, because as a reader I have no clue what this book
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gymnastics, memoir
"Finding My Shine" recounts Nastia's life story from being born in Russia, training for the Olympics, and finally some of her post-gymnastics endeavors. I was pleasantly surprised that the book doesn't engage in any tween speak or use hashtags or emojis to pander to adolescent girls, but the content is clearly aimed at this younger audience. Because of this, some of the details of her training or post-Olympic life are glossed over without the depth or anecdotes that a different memoir might have ...more
Liukin is a gymnast, and a successful oneshe medalled several times over at the 2008 Olympics. A writer, however, she is not.

I spent a good fifty pages trying to figure out what word best described the tone and finally came up with both 'sanctimonious' and 'holier-than-thou'. I don't think for a moment that that's what she was going for, of course, and I have no idea what she's like as a person, but the book feels super try-hard: trying to be a role model, trying to sell her product (which is to
2.5/5. Muy muy flojito. Le doy el 2.5 porque Nastia fue una de las primeras gimnastas que seguí, pero uf. Para empezar, el libro es muy corto (160 páginas. Chica, siendo campeona olímpica creo que puedes contar algo más). Y el tema es que se centra poco en lo que es la gimnasia; podía haber contado cómo fue en el campamento previo a los JJOO, cómo fue compartir habitación con Shawn, cómo fue la entrega de medallas, cómo se llevaba con sus compañeras... No sé, es que esto es un libro más a lo: ...more
Melody Vig
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I admire Nastia, she is pretty awesome, but this generic book did her NO JUSTICE. There was no personality to her watered down story, I learned nothing new about her! It was frustrating and disappointing. I have read books by other gymnasts like Dominique Moceanu, Shannon Miller, and Shawn Johnson East (one of her teammates at the 2008 Olympics). All those of those books gave me insight into their real lives, often behind the scenes of their sport (the ups, the sometimes terrifying downs, home ...more
Kayleigh Walsh
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one... I'm not sure what to think of it, honestly. Was it a memoir? A bio? A self help book for tweens? Truthfully, it was a little bit of everything, and really could've benefitted from some more specificity. There's some great advice in here for gymnasts and all young girls alike, but it's so scattered (up until the last chapter that was basically like "here's how to live life in three pages!") that it's hard to put it all together. Solid effort, bits and pieces of good stuff, but just a ...more
Ally German
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, by Nastia Liukin, is an autobiography about her life of becoming a gold medal Olympic gymnast. Nastia describes her journey, from moving to the United States from Russia and her family building a life to going to Beijing China for the Olympic games. Nastia shares many experiences that readers can relate to in our life scenarios. This is a very good book if you want to hear a true story about faith and dreams. I totally recommend reading this book.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
A quick read. While it was interesting to learn more about this gymnast I was disappointed in all the spelling and grammatical errors. Also a little bummed that its a memoir that doesnt include any pictures. ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected, but I really enjoyed the format and the story that was told. Nastia's world is so much more than just gymnastics so it was nice to see her personal story and share other hardships and challenges that she faced in her life.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting. It talks about Nastia Liukin's trials and triumphs as a gymnast, and it was nice to see a different side of her story than what the media says. She admits to facing difficulty like everyone else too and shows that even Olympians aren't perfect. I liked how she talks about her difficulty with training and balancing a regular life because as a competitive athlete, I know how hard that is to do. Overall, I really liked this book and the honesty of it.
Justine Kelly
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I think what Nastia did really well in this book is give some important life lessons. She's been through a lot - not just living an athlete's life, but also living a celebrity's life. Beyond that, she's also just a normal girl in some sense who has the same insecurities as many others. She identifies these really well (for instance, always feeling like the odd one out) and her advice is quite good, especially for young girls. It sometimes felt a bit preachy and bordered on self-help, but the ...more
Peppi Kent
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book by chance I was wondering one day if nastia luikin had wrote a book. When I found it I was really happy. In terms of the book itself it contains lots of inspirational messages and tips to be more positive and reach your goal while explaining how nastia used them in her.

I found it very interesting to read about how she overcome her disappointed of 2012 and moved onto become an embassador to young women and I think this book is worth a read. it is is not too long and isn't
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-bio, sports
While I liked the content of "Finding My Shine" a lot, it would really have benefited from a better editor. I saw several typos, some grammatical mistakes, and some sentences that were worded awkwardly. It's not that her writing is bad; it's perfectly fine. But it seems rough in places as anybody's writing would if not edited thoroughly. I imagine this is because Nastia released the book through her own company, not an established publishing house. It's a small complaint, but polish does ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! Nastia Liukin has been one of my favourite gymnasts forever. I wrote a full review over on my blog:
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This book was a little confusing. It seemed like it was self help (especially told the end), advertising her sponsors and how busy she is, but also a memoir. It could have done with more editing as there were several mistakes. Nastia doesn't really expand on her many adventures which is a shame. It is worth a read if you are a gymnastics fan but I didn't learn much about Nastia that I didn't already know before reading.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction, sports
So short. I was honestly expecting a lot more from her competitive days so I'm slightly disappointed. She actually names most of the people in DWTS but doesn't mention anyone other than Shawn from her Beijing days. The structure is a bit odd also, at least chronologically the last three chapters seem out of place. That said I think she's targeting the girls that attend her Shine tour so in that regard I think the book does it's job.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable book about gymnast Nastia Liukin's journey to the top and what she has been doing with her life since winning the Olympics in 2008. Beautiful front and back cover photos compensate for the lack of photos inside and Nastia writes well. Her positivity and motivational words will inspire many young women readers.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
Felt like this was written for teenagers... If that's the case, then it deserves maybe 3 stars. Lacked a lot of behind the scenes stuff that I wanted to read, plus she said the same things over and over.
Kelli Stuart
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great read for younger teens/older children. It's motivational and encouraging, while also engaging. It's a quick and uplifting read by a very inspirational young woman. My only criticism would be for the editor, who missed a few obvious grammatical mistakes.
Sean Talbot
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
a very quick read that deals with the life of Nastia liukin one of the best American gymnasts to come out in the 2000s.

I really enjoyed this book and how it was written.
Kaitlin Anne
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Nastia's parents moved herewith virtually nothing and made a life for them and their daughter. I also loved that she talked about her life post olympics and her "lost" period.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Encouraging information for younger readers about goal setting and dealing with disappointment.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not a terrible book but definitely geared towards young kids. Was hoping to find out more details of her life and gymnastics career but this book did not really get deep.
Joanna Z
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is great! If you like gymnastic sportsbooks, then you should definitely read this.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is good but I think that it is a little bit rushed. I also think that it is an amazing story especially if you love gymnastics as much as I do!
Heidi Mcjunkin
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
An inspirational story. Interesting for adults but it is definitely meant for teen-preteen set.
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