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From the author of the Love at First Like and Playing with Matches, an electrifying rom-com set in the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics, full of Hannah Orensteins signature charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension (BuzzFeed).

The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous
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Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2020 by Atria Books
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
I'm already obsessed with this book because not only is it about the Olympics, it seems like it's also one of those chick-lit books about finding yourself and I love that empowerment.
Tina
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Free from Netgalley and Atria Books | Oh my goodness, I loved this. Perfect blend of smart and sweet. Avery makes an excellent protagonist and I loved that it all took place in the world of competitive gymnastics. I like that the author chose to make the sex abuse scandal a part of the narrative. Theres a bit of romance, but it definitely takes a backseat to the coaching and competition. It takes place during the ramp up to the 2020 Olympics- its heartbreaking to think of all of the Olympians ...more
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wouldnt have labeled this a RomCom as it didnt have much laugh out loud humor and the romance aspect was more on the back burner.
The main theme was based around Avery Adams, an Olympic gymnastics hopeful, now 7yrs later struggling to make it in the world. She replays her life with an emotionally abusive coach, then boyfriend for years following a tragic injury in the Olympic trials.
Avery finds her way to her old gym, an old crush and a new dream of gymnastics coaching.
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Hitha
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I tore through Head Over Heels in a single sitting. Give me gymnastics, ambitious women, and overcoming obstacles and I am here for it - as well as for Hannah Orensteins engaging writing. Head Over Heels is my favorite book of hers to date. For my fellow former gymnasts, youll especially love it. ...more
Kendall Berdinsky
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Note: I was given an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I'm a big fan of Hannah Orenstein's; I follow her on social media and have loved both of her previous books. It's no surprise that I finished Head Over Heels in 24 hours, but I am astounded that it quickly became my favorite of the author's. I felt like I was in both the world of elite gymnastics and the television show Make It Or Break It. Each description of the technical gymnastics was perfect for a reader
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Brenda Daun
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


This was a fun and surprisingly intense read. The authors knowledge of the gymnastics world was evident in her story of a once almost Olympic athlete. Despite the sports niche, this was such a relatable read. Averys journey to find a new place where she belongs was inspiring and interesting. Shes an easy character to root for.

The only thing I didnt like is how the abuse allegations from the Olympic doctor were handled. Its
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Shanna
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love Hannah Orenstein, and her latest, Head Over Heels, is my most favorite to date. Fun, but also intense and really dives into the world of gymnastics. Highly recommend!

Thank you to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Donna
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun rom-com story with a strong female character and a gymnastic theme. Avery was headed to the Olympics when an injury sidelined her. After a failed marriage and a few "going nowhere " jobs she ends up back in her hometown living with her parents. While there she gets a coaching job with an old flame, learns to like herself, and finds a life connecting with old friends and creating an organization to help others who are in the situation she was in years ago.
DRC from Edelweiss and Simon &
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Alexia LaFata
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Hannah Orenstein's best book yet. Former gymnast Avery Abrams journey was so moving and real and heartbreaking. I really felt the pain of her athletic career coming to an end, and I rooted for her growth and success until the last page. Also Hallie was so cute! Absolutely loved this one. ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Mar 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020, adult, arc, ebook
Looooved this.
Megan Collins
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Orenstein has done it again! With her third novel, shes delivered another rich, riveting story with so much heartand this time, she may have just turned me into a gymnastics stan! Avery, the heroine of HEAD OVER HEELS, saw her entire world collapse when she suffered a devastating injury at the Olympic Trials at nineteen years old. Seven years later, shes just been dumped and is moving back home to live with her parents, completely bewildered as to what her next steps will be. But when ...more
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Hannah Orenstein is a writer and editor in New York. She's the dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer at Seventeen.com. At twenty-one, she became the youngest matchmaker at a top dating service. She was born and raised in Boston, studied journalism and history at NYU, and lives in Manhattan with her fat cat, Eloise.

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