Head Over Heels


rating: ★★★★☆
title: Head Over Heels
author: Hannah Orenstein
release date: June 23, 2020
publisher: Atria Books
genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for my DRC in exchange for my honest review.

Avery is a former Olympic level gymnast trying to find her way in the world. It is years later and after a whirlwind relationship with her football star boyfriend ends due to her own complacency, she decides to move back home to rebuild her life.

While wallowing at home for a while leads to making her feel even worse about herself and the path she finds herself going down, she finds an opportunity to work as a routine coach for another up and coming gymnast. Working alongside her teenage crush, Ryan, she finds that this is something she still feels very passionate about.

Ultimately, she teams up with an old friend to help make the world of gymnast training and coaching less toxic than she had to deal with as a young woman. She discovers that the way she was coached and treated left her with lifelong scars and a less than perfect body image.

This was such a great book if you are looking for something empowering. Watching Avery maneuver through her life after Olympic status, while she watches people from her past make names for themselves… Watching her overcome the complacency and realizing that she deserves to be happy… and ultimately watching her find that happiness.


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.

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