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When It Counts (2016, #2)

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A year ago, 15-year-old Amalia Blanchard failed to qualify to nationals, but now with less than two months until the 2016 Olympic Games, shes the United States beam champion on her way to fight for a spot on the Olympic team. Gymnastics is Amalias life and shes sacrificed everything to get this far, but she still has to prove she has what it takes to stand out in Rio. The ...more
Published December 13th 2016 by Gymternet Productions
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A few copy editing issues and a few predictable twists and turns if you're familiar with gymnastics but overall really enjoyable. A book for gymnerds and non-gymnerds alike. Plus two books in and I'm super invested in Amalia, every time she competes my heart starts racing and I read more quickly!
Lauren Hopkins
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book continues the story I wrote in "Finding Our Balance" and after at least six months of distribution and editing issues, it's FINALLY coming out this week! It might be up on Amazon as early as tomorrow, but the 13th is the official date. Anyway, apologies for the annoyingly long wait, but I think you'll really enjoy what happens in this book even if you'll hate me for where it leaves you hanging. :)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gym-nerds
Shelves: kindle-read
This book is everything gym-nerds wanted Make It or Break It to be. It realistically follows a group of girls from training to the Rio Olympics, including a certain amount of significant setbacks along the way. The personal drama isn't too much, which is refreshing considering outside personal drama isn't as important to these women as their gymnastics careers are. After this series is over, Hopkins should consider a career in young adult writing. The writing is fast paced and exiting, and I ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just had a blast reading this. Yeah, the teenage voice was kind of annoying at times (I'm not a big YA reader), but I mean, that kind of proves that it was authentic. And the plot twists in here are INSANE. Most of all, I appreciated hearing about the nitty-gritty aspects of gymnastics (the training, the politics, and even the physics) from someone like Hopkins, who has genuinely encyclopedic knowledge when it comes to this sport. I can't wait for the third book, I'm actually freaking out from ...more
Lauren Hopkins did it again! From the storyline to the personalities of the characters to the exciting cliffhanger ending, When It Counts is a perfect second installment in the 2016 season. I really enjoyed how, generally, Hopkins kept real-life 2016 events the same, such as Russian doping, the U.S. men's qualification results and even the subdivision the U.S. was in at the Games, the starting event and the other full team with it. She makes you think you know what's going to happen because you ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing well done. It left me on the edge of my seat and so heartbroken at times. Quick paced and had so many plot twists that I didn't see coming. I'm mad at where it ended but it left we wanting more-something a true good book should do. So when's book 3 hahaha
Mary Flynn
This continued the story fabulously! I was completely caught up in the gymnasts' careers again, and going through all the twists and turns was so exciting, even though it was sort of one of those "you know the hero isn't going to die" situations. And the Harry Potter references were beautiful!

Amalia is a great narrator, and she fabulously offsets her over-the-top teammates. She's one of the most bearable YA female leads I've found recently. Ruby is still absolute perfection, obnoxious but
Erica Johnson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm obsessed with this series! There were some minor typos and continuity errors, especially towards the end, but nothing to make the book unreadable. I love the characters and how well gymnastics is portrayed. Looking forward to the next one!
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining for fans of the sport. Better pacing than the first one, but also felt like some plot points were drama for the sake of drama.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Me encanta la forma que tiene Lauren de relatar el detrás de escena de estos Trials y de todo el camino hacia los Juegos Olímpicos. Sé que es un libro que nos interesa solo a los fanáticos de la gimnasia, pero a mi me gusta mucho el vocabulario y la construcción de cada personaje.
Estoy esperando la novela final!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gymnastics
Just finished this in an afternoon instead of going to class. whoops. This was a wild ride from start to finish and I loved the way Lauren managed to convey they excitement of trials. I also really enjoyed "meeting" Zara and I need a spin off about her life because she seems awesome. Oh, and I need the third book, stat. Thanks for making the gymternet happy lauren!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it has been a while since I read the first book in the series, I pretty confident in saying this book is a vast improvement over that one in terms of writing. It was a great, quick read that is perfect for fans of the sport and those that want to know more about the sport to learn more in an accurate, readable way. There were a few things that someone not familiar with US gymnastics might be confused about in the very beginning, however after that one or two incidences Hopkins was great ...more
Hailey Hudson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I finally got to read this!! Lauren knows so much about gymnastics, not to mention that she's a great writer, and I really enjoyed the continuation of Amalia's story. Amalia is plucky and hardworking and sarcastic and I love her. Also, all the Harry Potter references were fun! A must-read for any gymnastics fan or anyone at all, honestly.
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
If youre looking for a well written, dynamic novel about Olympic level gymnasts then When It Counts is for you. Its a continuation of the author's first novel, Finding Our Balance. We follow the stories of Amalia, Ruby, and Emerson as theyre trying to make the U.S. Olympic team for gymnastics. Halfway through the team is announced, and the girls who are selected then travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympics. Despite being a book for gymnasts and gym fans, When It Counts will appeal to so many ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Este segundo ha sido posiblemente más entretenido que el anterior. Me ha tenido enganchada en todo momento y se leía sólo.
Me ha gustado mucho ver por todo lo que pasa la prota a lo largo de este libro, aunque los pequeños giros son algo que al final ves venir no quitan que sean malas opciones, al contrario, creo que es algo que realmente quieres que pase en cierto modo.
El final queda un poco en el aire y hasta el tercer libro no sabremos las consecuencias y reacciones de lo sucedido en las
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This was just as good as the first book in the series, I really enjoy the accuracy of it from a gym fan point of view. I'm definitely outside the target range of readers for these books, but I still enjoyed it. There's quite a few typos that need to be fixed in the next editions, but content-wise it was pretty fun and fast read.
Patricia Franco rodriguez
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Que bien me lo paso leyendo estos libros es como ver una competición de gimnasia, genial!!
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Lauren Hopkins got her start covering sports for blogs and newspapers as a college freshman. She began her own multimedia coverage website The Gymternet in 2014 and as Editor-in-Chief, she has traveled the world, aiming to bring the very best coverage, interviews, features, and opinion pieces from the people who really get gymnastics other gym fans.

In 2016, Lauren worked as a writer and producer

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