Head Over Heels

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One time Olympic hopeful Avery Abrams has drifted aimlessly for the past several years since her international competition dreams were shattered. She landed smoothly, if a little boozily, in an easy, unfulfilling life with a football quarterback boyfriend she didn’t really love until the night he broke up with her. Then, confronted with a life she can’t seem to get started, she retreats home to her parents’ house in Hannah Orenstein’s latest novel Head Over Heels.

Once Avery returns home she reconnects with an old friend and potential fling, Ryan, who asks her to coach Olympic up and comer Hallie. Reluctantly and then with conviction, Avery happily pursues the coaching opportunity, and the chance to spend time with Ryan. Their relationship and Hallie’s performances move forward until a scandal involving a sports doctor threatens to destroy the happiness of many involved. And when Ryan is offered the chance to work with world-renowned coach Dimitri Federov—Avery’s old coach and the current husband of one of her former best friends—the balance shifts even further.

For fans of competitive gymnastics, Head Over Heels may be an absolutely enjoyable read. The sheer number of scandals, though, and the rather predictable outcome, make it a passable book at best if you’re not interested in the sport.

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Author Hannah Orenstein
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 326 pages
Publisher Atria Books
Publish Date 2020-06-23
ISBN 9781982121471
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Issue October 2020
Category Popular Fiction


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