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Break the Fall

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She's made the United States' gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She's on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Razorbill
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C.G. Drews
Oh this was an incredible read! I feel like my emotions just went through three flips on the bars here (because I MUST make some sort of terrible gymnastic pun) and there was one bit where I honestly teared up. I never never tear up in books. But it was a moment I'd seen coming, raw pain revealed for both the reader and the protagonist to feel gut-punched by, and both Audrey and I nearly broke down. I have such deepest respect for authors that make you feel.

[tackling dark topics]
I wanted to put
Jennifer Iacopelli
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks everyone for their incredible support in the lead up to this release and last night at my launch!

The Pre-Order/Library Request Campaign is live and will continue throughout the first week of publication, so please submit your receipts!

Also, if you've read BTF, please consider crossposting your review on a retailer site! I'd VERY MUCH appreciate it!!

Kate (GirlReading)

I can't count the number of times I caught myself thinking about this book randomly throughout the day, I also can't remember the last time a book made me think about it randomly throughout the day as much as this did. It was brilliantly written, powerful in its message and execution, empowering and totally and utterly addictive. I had heart palpitations numerous times throughout the girls' routines, which were vivid and expertly described.

I have truly never regretted my
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hachette
Rating: 4.5 stars

A truly powerful book, but with an overarching tone of hope, empowerment, loyalty and strength.

Trigger warning: discussions about sexual assault (nothing graphic on the page)
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Listened to this entire audiobook during a bad bout of insomnia, and I enjoyed every minute. YA about womens sports is one of my favorite things, and this was so well-done! I know next to nothing about gymnastics, so I cant speak to the accuracy of all the gym stuff, but at its heart, this is a story about friendship and the bonds between women. Definitely the thing I needed to soothe the pain of the 2020 Olympics (rightfully) being postponed. ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My daughter is a competitive gymnast, so I speak from experience when I say that finding books - good books - about this subject that aren't just meant for the preschool set is...impossible. Really. A good fiction book about gymnasts just doesn't exist - until now.

The gymnastics in this book are so realistic that I could picture it in my head. Which is ironic, because my daughter rolls her eyes at me regularly when I ask her to remind me what in the world she's talking about as she mentions new
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Jennifer has written a book about girls in sports that is about SO MUCH MORE. I was lucky enough to read an early version of Break the Fall and it will not disappoint. These girls are amazing, Leo is adorable, and the story is heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring.

I always hesitate to leave reviews because I dont think I articulate what I love about them well enough, but trust me when I tell you this book is amazing. I cant wait to order this for the teens at my library, theyre
Sarah Henning
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of BREAK THE FALL. As a former competitive gymnast and current-and-always lover of sports fiction, this book had it all: drama, suspense, heartbreak, redemption, friendship, and jealousy, all set against the backdrop of the Olympic stage and the shock of a major scandal. I loved every second of it!
Brooklyn Tayla
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
RTC to come on Feb 28th, my posting date for the AusYABloggers review tour showcasing Break the Fall :)
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good! The sports aspects felt SO real and I really enjoyed all of the characters. I liked that it surprised me several times with the plot and it really kept me reading way past my bedtime because I just had to know what was going to happen.
Alicia Thompson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Neville Longbottom
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Its kinda weird reading a book about the 2020 Olympics where there isnt the threat of COVID-19 potentially cancelling or postponing the games. The US womens gymnastics team has been named and theyre ready to train and take off for Tokyo to win gold medals. However, their lives get turned upside down when its revealed that the national team coach has been sexually abusing one of their teammates. Their personal coaches are taken away, they have to be interviewed by the FBI, and continue to train ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Thank you to my Mum for typing this for me).
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this eARC.
This book follows the main character Audrey, who is training for the gymnastics Olympic team, despite having a back injury which causes chronic pain. The world of gymnastics is rocked when a team mate, Dani, comes forward to accuse their manager of grooming and sexual assault. Audrey is determined to keep the team together but between changing coaches, uncertain placing at the Olympics and facing
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
4.5 stars.

Look, this was totally my catnip. Break the Fall is a YA gymnastics book by an author I love who does great romance, fierce girl characters, and deals with an issue that was ripped from the headlines but close to my heart. It doesn't hurt that Jenn Iacopelli is a gymnastics coach and knows everything about the sport. So yeah, probably I'm artificially inflating the score, but for reals, guys, I ripped through the bulk of this book in two days with no sleep because it just keeps the
Lauren Hopkins
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I have been friends with the author for the past eight years after I sold her my Olympic Trials tickets for gymnastics in 2012. We've since traveled the country for the sport, and knowing Jen was a writer, it wasn't a surprise when she began talking about working on a gymnastics-themed book sometime around 2015.

Over the years I knew her #AngstyGymBook took many turns, but what she ultimately crafted was beyond what I could have imagined in its early days. Gymnastics aside, YA
Diana Urban
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I dont usually read sports fiction, but I thought this book was amazing! I was blown away by the descriptions of the gymnastics routines and competitions; I could see them play out like a video in my mind. Sometimes I found myself tempted to look ahead and see the scores; I was so invested in these characters and what theyd accomplish. While anyone who loves gymnastics should check this out, its also a story about female friendships and overcoming adversity in the face of a trusted adults epic ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Audrey hopes to make the Olympics before her body gives out. Her best friend, world champion Emma is a shoo in. Then a doping/abuse arrest rocks the US gymnastics team. Loyalties will be tested. Friends will turn on each other. A victim will be bullied. If they dont pull together, the team expected to take the gold wont have a shot.

BREAK THE FALL is a book for gymnastics fans first and foremost. Routines on floor, vault, bars and beam are described in detail, which interested me as a
Trigger warning: sexual assault (off-age), grooming, victim-blaming

This book captivated me completely. I buddy read it with Sasha, otherwise I would've sped through it in one sitting.

I have always been fascinated with gymnastics and these superhumans that compete within it. The sheer limits they push their body to, with artistry and flair to boot, is stunning to watch. Here, we're given a look behind the scenes, looking at the immense physical work and politics that go into this incredible
When I was in Primary School, I devoured Teddy Slaters Junior Gymnasts series. I wasnt a gymnast myself, ballet/dancing was my after school activity, but I had this serious fascination with gymnastics and I adored the Junior Gymnasts books (still have them in a cupboard with my childhood favourite books). Break the Fall took me back to that time of fascination with gymnastic and ramped it up a notch!

This book was emotional and thrilling and I couldnt put it down! I loved how real that
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
This book was amazing! I've been wanting to read it since I heard about it, as I am a big fan of gymnastics. This book deals with a fictional version of the sex abuse scandal that hit US Gymnastics a couple years ago. I think it dealt with the topic of sexual assault in a caring manner. The reactions of characters were realistic, and covered a wide range of possibilities. I cried multiple times while reading the book, mostly once the characters reached the Olympics. The scene on the bus with the ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to be posted on February 28th on the AusYABlogger blog for the #Breakthefall tour.
Trigger warnings: grooming, sexual assault, slut shaming, bullying.

4.5 stars.

I've been intrigued by this book since I first heard about it at the State Library of Victoria's YA Showcase last December. Because how could you NOT be intrigued by a book that's described as a gymnast pushing for the Tokyo Olympics with a #metoo subplot??

Anyway, I was a little hesitant going in about what content would be on the page as far as the #metoo stuff went. For those of you who are also hesitant, allow me
Samantha Newnham
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
You can find my mini review over here on Instagram as part of the Aus YA bloggers tour. :)

Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book. As a former gymnast, this book was just so perfect. It brought me back to my competing days (high school, not Olympic!) and made me miss the best part of school. Every single page played like a movie in my head and some of the themes mirrored some things that actually happened in my gymnastics "career." It is so obvious the author either did her research (extremely well), or was a gymnast herself (or someone close to her). There were tiny details that just made my ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was young, I adored gymnastics, I had absolutely no skills for this sport but that didnt stop me from twirling around with a ribbon in a sports shop. Im sure the staff were pleased. Break The Fall portrays gymnastics well. As a reader you have a very visual description of the skills portrayed, the process and judging.

The timeline in the book isnt very long and that helps in keeping your interest. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into the story and admittedly at times my interest
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Thanks to the publisher for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

Sports books are usually not my thing but man this book was amazing. It covers a lot of timely topics we've seen in the news the last few years -- especially with the US gymnastics team.

Audrey is struggling through a back injury and holding out hopes of making the US Olympic Team for the 2020 Olympics when we meet her. Having been sidelined by her injury for a year she thought her dreams were dashed but
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
*Thanks to Penguin Teen for the review copy! Review can also be found at The Reader and the Chef!*

Break the Fall is a YA Contemporary about gymnastics, sexual assault survivorship and friendship. It stars a young Korean American who, after suffering a spine injury, is competing to represent the USA in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. But when she makes it into the team, she learns about a horrifying truth: that their USA Olympics Coach has been sexually abusing a fellow team member.

This book touched
Rosie Amber
Break The Fall is a young adult contemporary sports-themed story based around a fictional American womens Olympic gymnastics team.

Audrey Lee has just been chosen as one of Americas team for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The next few weeks will be full of more hard training and intense pressure to fulfil her dream of becoming one of the best gymnasts in the world.

Just as the team arrive at their training camp, though their chief coach is arrested and all their plans start to collapse. Now the team are
Amy Rush Da Silva
I was really looking forward to reading this book after hearing some early hype surrounding it. It seemed totally different to other YA I had read and having never read a sports themed YA novel I was looking forward to discovering it. However, the book really did fall slightly short for me.

As someone who doesn't know much about gymnastics I found that it was very hard to understand some of the references and I ended up getting a tad bit confused at times. Also, I found the writing style to be a
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I love gymnastics, but this book was pretty difficult to read with the never ending descriptions of every single mount and dismount and layout and on and on and on. And the background plot that kinda just disappeared. This is just okay.
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Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave, ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett, both of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-butt. As a high school librarian, she frolics all day with her students, books and computers and writes at ...more

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