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Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
For anyone addicted to Cheer! on Netflix, Head Over Heels is the high-stakes, electrifying rom-com you've been waiting for! If you love Jo Watson, Zara Stoneley and Sophie Ranald, you'll LOVE Hannah Orenstein! The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams. After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri. Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she's surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine. What does it take to fake the perfect love like? Don't miss Hannah's rom-com of love in the digital ages, Love at First Like, out now! It's the perfect rom-com for anyone who's ever looked for love online! 'Such a perfect book for this digital age' 5* reader review 'The perfect vacation read!' 5* reader review 'I inhaled this book' 5* reader review
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Pigpen_Reads
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I got this book box from Blind Dates Bookshop. This is their Mother's Day box 🥰 I know it's early for Mother's Day, but I couldn't resist. The book I got sounds really good. I also just ordered their fantasy box. I don't know what book I will get! 😊

WJCintron All the goodies look great!! 😃 2mo
Pigpen_Reads @WJCintron I love the Blind Dates Bookshop 😊 2mo
WJCintron @Pigpen_Reads I need to check them out!! 😊 You see! I have no self control. LOL 😂 🙃 2mo
Pigpen_Reads @WJCintron I don't either when it comes to this shop 😂 I've tried different themed boxes from them. 2mo
Nute I wouldn‘t have been able to resist this book box either. Nice!🙂 1mo
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KathyWheeler
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This was a weird romance in that the romance could have been left out entirely, and I still would have liked the book. The mc, Avery, had better chemistry with her friends, Jasmine and Sara, and the athlete she‘s training, Haley, than she did with the love interest, Ryan. The author also dealt with abuse in gymnastics and with how hard training can be on young girls. That was a more interesting story than the romance. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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This was my night time book, but I transferred it to my walking book since I hadn‘t picked a new one. Every year my azaleas get tricked into blooming in February, then it freezes and they die. They‘re pretty while they last though. #audiowalk

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Julsmarshall
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Set in the gymnastics world in 2020, this romance had a lot going on and didn‘t turn away from difficult subjects like body dysmorphia, abuse, and eating disorders. Bit it managed to walk that fine line and not get too dark with layered characters that kept the story going. This is a light pick for me but I suspect it will stay with me for awhile. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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marleed
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Is it weird to say I like a romance best when I forget it‘s a romance because I‘m all caught up in the story allowing for the the meet cute? That‘s what happened here! The fictional story published in 2020 to coincide with the upcoming Summer 2020 Olympics (woops) was even more interesting now considering Simone Biles decision in summer ‘21 and her positive impact of mental health across all sports.

Laughterhp Nope! I know what you mean. There has to be a story too, not just them falling in love. 4mo
marleed @Laughterhp The cover art and title is all about a HEA romance, so okay. But when I finished I had to go back to my botm app to see how this was categorized - and yep, romance. It‘s my kind of romance! 4mo
Megabooks Loved this too despite generally not liking romance 4mo
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kspenmoll This sounds interesting as I live watching the Olympics! 4mo
marleed @kspenmoll You might enjoy this one! 4mo
marleed @Megabooks Thank tend to be hard on romances and I don‘t know why because I know the format going in. After this one, I realize I may have a new grading scheme for romance and set the bar at how well the book stands up aside from the emerging romance. 4mo
Lizthewiz I really liked this one too! 4mo
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Katie.happens
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I LOVED this one. I read it in 2 or 3 sittings while my husband watched the Olympics. It‘s such an engaging look at the dark sides of being an Olympic gymnast, and how current gymnasts and their coaches are trying to change bad behavior that was once accepted.

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Megabooks
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I‘m a gym nerd. I never competed, but I watch gymnastics videos on Instagram while I listen to audiobooks. Gymnasts have such a combination of grace and power.

This book follows Avery, who just missed the 2012 team, and felt lost after, partly due to years of abusive coaching. When Ryan, a hunky former Olympian, brings Avery in to help coach an Olympic hopeful, she begins to find her footing. While this is a romance book, that plot line takes ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ a backseat to some real problems in the sport, like abusive coaching. The last-minute addition of a sexually abusive doctor based on Larry Nasser could‘ve felt hugely forced, but Orenstein uses it to bring together characters and balance the narrative. I never thought I‘d recommend a romance novel, but here we are. It was great! Thanks @Jemgirl2014 for encouraging me to read this from #botm! (edited) 13mo
Scochrane26 I was in gymnastics until about 6th grade, so I‘m always interested in books about it. Mary Lou‘s book about her Olympics was my favorite for awhile as a kid. 13mo
Cinfhen This sounds fun/ I‘ll look for it when I want something light 13mo
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Megabooks @Scochrane26 i think you‘ll really enjoy this! Trip down memory lane. The author was a young gymnast too. I was not allowed to think about gymnastics, ask whether I could take gymnastics, but I did read The Gymnasts series, but I had to sneak the books. My mom could not have been more worried about me having a tragic fall! Maybe that‘s why I love it as an adult...🤔 I did watch the Olympics from 1992 on. I was almost a teen and looking to rebel! (edited) 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it is a nice, light book. 13mo
Reggie USA gymnastics has been crazy for a hot minute......the guy who just committed suicide. And then Riley McCusker‘s coach was just banned like a year ago from coaching cause of the way she treated her athletes. 13mo
Megabooks @Reggie it has been!! And I think I remember something coming out about the coach of the Netherlands national team then, I think it was Beth Tweddle coming out about a British coach. I‘m glad things are changing. International Gym posted this video of Kim Zymeskal from 1991 when she was world champion and the commentators then were talking about how she gained and lost 5 pounds. I‘m glad it‘s at least taboo for announcers to say that now. 13mo
Megabooks @Reggie and that most of the athletes look more like athletes and not prepubescent girls. Anyway, nice to meet a fellow gym nerd here! 13mo
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Megabooks
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
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Well, I really did it. These are my last two boxes. I canceled #botm - both accounts. It‘s is sad day in Mudville.

But I am enjoying this last minute addition of Head Over Heels while I wait for basketball to start!

ValerieAndBooks Were you on hold on the phone for long, or did they get to you right away? Did they ask why? I plan to call tomorrow to cancel. Got my box today. 13mo
Megabooks @ValerieAndBooks I had the BFF number. Mid-afternoon I only waited about 90 seconds. I gave them my opinion on why I left, but they weren‘t pushy about it. Dialing to getting off the phone was less than 5 minutes. 13mo
Cinfhen Wow! I thought I spotted a flying cow 🐮 xx 13mo
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Cinfhen Who you rooting for??? We‘re all for Baylor in my house 🐻 13mo
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for mentioning the BFF number, I‘ll use that tomorrow 👍 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen lol! I‘m rooting for Baylor too. I thought it was going to be the Zags year, but they‘re not looking too good. 13mo
Cinfhen No, they definitely aren‘t but it‘s March Madness so who knows?!!?! 13mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m out, too. I wonder if they‘ll be seeing quite a few of us leaving and wondering why. They didn‘t give me any trouble about quitting, either. I actually thought they might try a little harder since I was a member so long, but honestly they were almost apathetic about it. 13mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books they asked my opinion but not aggressively, so I shared what I didn‘t like about their picks. Otherwise they didn‘t seem to care. 13mo
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Megabooks
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
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I‘ve been going through a gymnastics phase the past couple of years...I watch some of the college meets, national team, even men‘s, but I had passed on this book because I‘m super hit-or-miss with romance. But it was a member fave, and I‘m looking to shut down my account. Plus I lost my copy of Hunger, which is a favorite book, so there we go. My last #botm box for awhile!

Reviewsbylola I‘m skipping on my second account for the second month in a row. I‘m already looking ahead to May and praying their selections are better. 😂 14mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! You‘re finally letting go...as much as I know I need to let go too, I just can‘t #FoMo (edited) 14mo
BarbaraBB You‘re shutting down your BOTM membership, wow. I wouldn‘t have thought. Are their selections no longer good? 14mo
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola yeah, February and March were one new book months for me. They‘re just not picking books I enjoy right now. 14mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen hey, do your thing! It‘s fun. I just need to cut back somewhere and it sure ain‘t going to be with audiobooks! 😂😂 14mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB generally the new picks I love I can get on Amazon for not much more. Plus several I‘d rather listen to on audio, and I can do that more cheaply and taking up less space!! So really it‘s kind of not enjoying their picks enough to be worth physical room on my shelves. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
BarbaraBB I just read in your other post about your preference for NF and bring selective in your fiction choices and completely understand 14mo
BarbaraBB By the way I am a bit annoyed by the childish book covers lately. So many infantil illustrations which don‘t do the content right. But maybe that‘s just me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes! Who decided that? I am totally in agreement that covers, especially US covers, even in literary fiction and NF, just look like a teenager got mid 00 Adobe and designed something for their blog. I don‘t like it at all! It‘s hard to even tell if I‘m going to enjoy something from the cover now! You know, I just thought, these young people in publishing are the teens who had blogs in the mid 00s. There‘s our problem! (edited) 14mo
Jemgirl2014 You'll really enjoy"Head Over Heel"! The romance kind of takes a back seat to the gymnastics theme. ? 14mo
BarbaraBB You‘re so good with words and you nailed it again!!! 😃😂😘 (edited) 14mo
Megabooks @Jemgirl2014 oh fantastic!! That‘s what I‘d want! 14mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks friend!! 😘😘 14mo
Jemgirl2014 @Megabooks Great! Hope you enjoy it! I really did myself. 😊 14mo
Cinfhen I skipped this month but I totally agree with your assessment.. between Audible & Scribd I don‘t need BoTM either 14mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen just saw this when adding that I‘m reading this book. My boxes come in the mail today. I‘m going to make the call to cancel both accounts once I know the boxes are correct. So weird, but I‘ve done it once before for a year. 13mo
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TheLucindaLife
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein

Came for the romance, stayed for the gymnastics!

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Annie1215
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This one has been on my #bookspinbingo board for months.

I liked it more than I expected. I was concerned the gymnastics aspect to the story would be too much, but it wasn‘t.

A good mix of social commentary, light character development and some romance. An easy read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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“The funny thing about your dream coming true is that it never quite happens the way you think it will. There‘s always a twist.” #quotes

AmyG Good quote. 1y
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Kimberlone
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This is kind of a hard one for me to review. While I did like a lot of it and finished it in one day, I also felt like it was too slight given the hard issues it was also trying to address. The romance was fine, though I found the resolution at the end to be way too tidy and easy to get to for the two characters. This book was trying to do too many things at once for it to be fully effective, but it wasn‘t bad. 3 ⭐️

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Kimberlone
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Valentines plans 💜💗🌸🌺🌷🌹💐

Sharpeipup I‘m starting that book next! 1y
candority Gorgeous flowers! 1y
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alisonrose
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
Mehso-so

I promise this isn‘t a gymnastics pun, but this largely missed the mark for me. The gymnastics stuff was the best part—gave me some nostalgia from childhood, & neat to see creation of an Olympic routine. But the author tried to do too much & thus nothing was done well. Romance was bland & predictable, dude was the most boring cis het white man, the abuse scandal was relegated to a tangential side plot, which didn‘t sit well w/me. Mediocre. 2/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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“It‘s 2020,” she pants as she cruises past me. “No time to waste.”

[LOLOLOLOLOLOL FUUUUUUUUUUCK remember when we thought it would be a good normal year 😖😖😖]

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alisonrose
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein

There was a time in my life when going out before midnight seemed lame. Now, the prospect of even making it to midnight seems questionable.

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alisonrose
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This feels similar to Beach Read in that the cover looks way more cutesy than the story inside may be, based on the synopsis. #NowReading

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howjessicareads
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Some #votedearlyreadathon reading before bed!

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Litsi
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A romance that does its best to be inclusive and carry out a female empowerment theme, but is just not interesting. Not even sexy. The romance is just a shrink wrapper for the gymnastics sex abuse story in the news.

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Maya.McClan
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I liked this book more than I thought I would. I thought by the title I didn‘t have high expectations but I finished it in 3 sittings. I learned a lot about gymnastics. I describe this book as ambitions, comebacks, trials and tribulations in life and in gymnastics, with a little romance on the side. #BOTM

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Romance novel about gymnastics and that world. Shockingly in depth look at how it effects mental heath and self esteem and how the world has been changing.

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Theressadoriott
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Starting this Book of the Month selection. These are a big hit or miss for me, hoping for a hit.

georgia2112 Excited to hear about this one! 2y
Theressadoriott This book overall was a good read, but it didn‘t engage me enough to sit down and read it all in one day. 2y
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Jemgirl2014
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I was able to get my 2020 Summer Olympics in! Whenever that time of year comes around, I always gravitate towards the gymnastics category. "Head Over Heels" is definitely a love story to the sport. My only wish is that Orenstein had given a little bit more love towards the romantic relationship between Avery and Ryan. Other than that, the book is pretty solid. ??

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MeganKlein
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This is the third book I‘ve read from Hannah Orenstein, and I must say that this one is a lot different from her last two that she wrote. Head Over Heels focuses more on the sport of gymnastics and how ex-gymnast Avery Abrams helps train a young and hopeful gymnast earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I enjoyed the story and I loved all of the characters (except Dimitri, of course). Would‘ve loved more romance, but still a good read!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Ash.on.the.line
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think this is bad but it‘s definitely more fiction with a side of romance, which wasn‘t what I was expecting. Averys life after her gymnastics career ended, how she coped at first then takes on coaching. sadly I‘m not too interested in gymnastics &reading about the moves just doesn‘t do anything for me.😅
#bookspinbingo
Possible trigger warning: it touches on sexual abuse by a doctor, it‘s more of a side story but just wanted to say.

TheAromaofBooks Fantastic progress!! 2y
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Bookish_B
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Mehso-so

As a romance this did not do it for me. It seemed secondary to the gymnastics story and the chemistry of these two characters was lacking. There were a couple of storylines I felt were resolved too quickly and could have been more fleshed out. Overall it was fine, I enjoyed it, but if it hadn‘t been sold to me as a romance I may have liked it more? Expectations 🤷🏻‍♀️ The drink, however, was delicious! DIY Dole Whip!

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Arvena
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Mehso-so

Engaging read for gymnastic lovers.
It was OK, but it was not really for me.

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Michelle505
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Just read this new one by Hannah orenstejn and it didn‘t disappoint but was definitely not as good as her other two. I enjoyed reading about the Olympic gymnastics process and the love story thrown in was nice. It seemed like the plot could have been developed more in certain areas but overall was enjoyable.

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EmG
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Shockingly, I‘m still on the same page. #BookBlocking

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EmG
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I‘m really liking but Wiley isn‘t cooperating. #BookBlocking #Bengals

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Cassiekrauss
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This book was awesome. I had so much fun reading it and looking up the gymnastics moves. I was also pleasantly surprised by the political conflict. Started this book at 8pm and finished at 2am.

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bookishkai
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First up for the #JubilantJuly readathon!

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Bookish_B
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New BOTM books just in time for the weekend! What to read next...? 🤔📚

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Purrfectpages
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
Mehso-so

I‘ve read 3 of Orenstein‘s books and I am seeing a trend. They all have easily digestible premises- like a sweet treat you don‘t need, but want anyway. After, you feel a mix of guilt and gratification. The same holds true here. This is the story of a retired gymnast who is trying to bounce back, in more ways than one. There‘s nothing wrong with the writing. The story is pleasant. It just lacks something special to make it truly memorable.

Purrfectpages @AkashaVampie here‘s my take on the book! 2y
AkashaVampie @Purrfectpages thanks for tagging me. 2y
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alessandrafn
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The romance part in this one was a bit weak, but it was a good book overall.

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Romancegirl
Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
Mehso-so

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. However, as a romance novel, the chemistry between Ryan and Avery totally missed the mark. I enjoyed the gymnastics topic and I liked reading about Hallie's evolution over the course of the novel. As a romance it wasn't my cup of tea. I like more steam and chemistry between the two people falling in love, and this was too much of a rebound/instalove story for my liking.

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Purrfectpages
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Let‘s hear it for light reads!

AkashaVampie Is it good??? I have the audio of it. 2y
Purrfectpages @AkashaVampie haven‘t started it yet. Hope to tonight! 2y
AkashaVampie @Purrfectpages if u remember, let me know what u think of it. 2y
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Purrfectpages @AkashaVampie I will tag you when I review it. 😉 2y
AkashaVampie @Purrfectpages thanks sweetie 2y
Melancholy2243 I finished this some days ago. Absolutely loved it. 2y
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Carolhreads
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#bookofthemonth yay my box came #mexicangothic#withthefireonhigh#headoverheels

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Melancholy2243
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This book, with the cover and the name of it misled me to think it's just romance. But this is so much more. It deals with serious topics like depression, sexual assault, body issues with perfect balance of humour, romance and cathartic endings. It was a wonderful read, and I never felt bored while reading this. Avery is relatable to a great extent, I felt all she's been through, I too have experienced at some point in my life. A perfect romcom.

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Lovesbooks87
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I have read a book from this author before and really didn‘t care about it but wanted to give her another try and I am so glad that I did. I read this book in a couple hours and couldn‘t put it down. While this book is a romance it also gives you a look inside the world of gymnastics which as we all know had a dark past. I think the author dealt with some hard topics in a really good way. I loved Avery and Ryan and was pulling for them!

Lovesbooks87 This is also supposed to be a July #BOTM pick! 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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This book by all accounts appears to be a romance, from the title, to the cover and even the description. However, while the element of romance is very much there, you get a very thoughtful novel that takes on the reality of what women‘s gymnastics really looks like.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2020/06/20/head-over-heels-book-review/

Susanita I have that song stuck in my head now. 🤣 2y
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BookishClaire
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Spent a very happy weekend immersed in this book. If you love gymnastics, you‘ll especially get a kick out of it — the author is a former gymnast, so all the terminology and inside our knowledge of that world is in point! It‘s a good story and a great read — better, in my opinion, than LOVE AT FIRST LIKE!