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Break the Fall

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  301 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 horri
Hardcover, 304 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)  ·  review of another edition
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 heig
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Joce (squibblesreads)
See more of my thoughts in detail in my review HERE!

Break the Fall was phenomenal. It comes at such a needed time, when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed. We all need a little more gymnastics in our lives. Luckily, Audrey, or Rey's story exceeded all my expectations.

She narrates her journey towards hopefully qualifying for the USA women's gymnastics team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. One of Audrey's teammates accuses her coach of sexual assault, and there are various responses from the
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Listened to this entire audiobook during a bad bout of insomnia, and I enjoyed every minute. YA about women’s sports is one of my favorite things, and this was so well-done! I know next to nothing about gymnastics, so I can’t 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.
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.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Henning
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lauren Hopkins
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 r
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It’s kinda weird reading a book about the 2020 Olympics where there isn’t the threat of COVID-19 potentially cancelling or postponing the games. The US women’s gymnastics team has been named and they’re ready to train and take off for Tokyo to win gold medals. However, their lives get turned upside down when it’s 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 tr ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RTC to come on Feb 28th, my posting date for the AusYABloggers review tour showcasing Break the Fall :)
Diana Urban
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ep ...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 te
⊱færies in space
This book made me feel like I was watching the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and I loved it ❤️
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book incarnates female empowerment and strength. And I absolutely loved it. It was just like being at the olympics in real life. You could feel all the excitement and the pressure. Furthermore I really liked Audrey, a smart,determined and ambitious girl and I could partly identify myself with her. 5/5⭐️
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read! Audrey is a great protagonist, she's fierce and determined and you are rooting for her from the very beginning. Her friendships were heartwarming, and the way their team broke down and rebuilt themselves was powerful and emotional. It was wonderful to see these girls supporting one another while also being incredibly ambitious. I hope that other girls reading this see that they can also work just as hard and want to push themselves to be the best, and that you can do that at the sa ...more
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 sport
Andrea Tomé

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
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
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 charac
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gymnast
Omg omg omg omg!!!! You have no idea how much I loved this book! It was a perfect YA Gymnastics Romance, and I think I am in LOVE with this book! Thank you to Epub for giving me this book for free over the quarantine. It is sooo hard to find a good gymnastics book, that ain’t nonfiction or totally childish. This was awesome. I’d give it a 15.9 in gymnastics and that is saying something. Also, thanks to Addison for recommending this book to me!
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
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
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.
Samantha - She Writes About Books
You can find my mini review over here on Instagram as part of the Aus YA bloggers tour. :)

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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 nigh ...more

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