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Break the Fall

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  73 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!!

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)
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
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 don’t think I articulate what I love about them well enough, but trust me when I tell you this book is amazing. I can’t wait to order this for the teens at my library, they’re
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 :)
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!
Alicia Thompson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Diana Urban
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t 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 they’d accomplish. While anyone who loves gymnastics should check this out, it’s also a story about female friendships and overcoming adversity in the face of a trusted adult’s ...more
When I was in Primary School, I devoured Teddy Slater’s Junior Gymnasts series. I wasn’t 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 couldn’t put it down! I loved how real that
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
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 don’t pull together, the team expected to take the gold won’t 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
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
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
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, sports
Based on the uncorrected bound manuscript I was fortunate enough to receive.

The best gymnastics book I've read, Break the Fall combines everything you want in a YA contemporary: success despite adversity, failure with grace and of course an adorable romance. Iacopelli brilliantly crafts a story that is not only a gym nerd's dream but one that will cater to even those not well-versed in the minutiae of the sport. Audrey Lee, despite being the main character, is described more as a supporting cast
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Not only is this book about gymnastics, it is about the Olympics! I can’t wait to read about the competition and a determined main character. This is definitely a debut to watch for.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this book so much.
Cindy Otis
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping from start to finish. I can't wait for the world to experience BREAK THE FALL!
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 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book other than it was to do with gymnastics.
I was actually really pleasantly surprised by it and found myself completely drawn into the story.

The beginning didn’t grab me straight away but as we got deeper into the story it really held my attention.

Yes, this is a book about gymnasts, going to the Olympics, the ‘will I/won’t I’ win a medal but it’s also a book about surviving abuse, support, friendship and even a kind of sisterhood between teammates.

Andrea Tome
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it

Gymnastics is one of my favourite sports that I 100% believe should receive more love, so when I saw this book on NetGalley I just hit the request button SO DAMN FAST.

I will begin by saying that Jennifer clearly knows her gymnastics. I can't say for sure how this novel will read to a YA reader who is not familiar with the sport, but I think Jennifer did a pretty good job at depicting competitive gymnastics faithfully and clearly, explaining the concepts and the judging in a way that's easy
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
Emma Ferrier
Thank you to Hodder for sending me a copy of this book.

I adored this. This was powerful, emotional and full of incredible friendship and sportsmanship. I love gymnastics and love watching it at the Olympics so reading this has me so excited for the coming months.

Iacopelli handled the issue of sexual assault delicately but also truthfully. I really appreciated that we also saw different perspectives of how people dealt with it and also how just being close to it can affect you.

Jan 08, 2020 added it
It's an Olympic year so it makes sense that I started the year off with a book about the Olympics. It's about the USA team and how they cope when their coach is arrested for sexual assault. This book is all about going for your dream and learning how to pick yourself back up again when the worst happens. If you're a fan of teen gymnastic/dance films on Netflix then this book is definitely for you.
It's not out till February so thank you to my bookseller sister who was able to get me an ARC
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Review to come, but if you love gymnastics, this is a must. This is also a FANTASTIC read during this year's Olympic season, especially since it "takes place" at the Tokyo Olympics!
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I genuinely do not know where to start with reviewing this book. Break the Fall was an uplifting, powerful story of abuse, sisterhood and solidarity, mixed with exhilarating sports that lifted the plot and romance that made me smile. This book truly had no shortcomings, and I adored it with all my heart.
Audrey was a fierce, loving and relatable protagonist whom I adored. Her story was one of resilience and claiming her own future. She was fighting injury to take part in the olympics, but
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
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Ahhhhhh. I was so excited for this as I’m a huge gymnastics nerd, and I was right to be - I loved it! It has exactly the right balance of gymnastics and personal - plus the interplay of the accusation hanging over both it incredibly well done.

I did find a couple of bits a little unrealistic from a gymnastics point of view - but very minor niggles. Aside from that, as someone who does watch a fair amount it
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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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