Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher First Published: November 14th, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Gymnastics, Coming of Age
Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a “mommy & me” gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she’d be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams. Aly’s road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she’d never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games–through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Edelweiss Publication Date: June 7th 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 10+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, High School, Gymnastics, Romance, Friendship, Contemporary
From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast—just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games.
Charlie Ryland has a secret.
She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.
Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.
Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real. Continue reading →