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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein @atriabooks @hannahorens

Head Over Heels 
by Hannah Orenstein

Thank you to Atria for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

Publisher: Atria
Publish Date: June 23, 2020
336 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with MatchesLove at First Like, and Head Over Heels, and is a former competitive gymnast. She is the senior dating editor at Elite Daily and was previously a writer and editor at Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, and more. She lives in Brooklyn.

Twitter: @hannahorens
Instagram: @hannahorens

My Review:

"I h-h-hate that I'm the kind of person who gets so thrown off course by stupid, dumb feelings."  GIRL, SAME.

My second book by Orenstein and just what I needed right now!  I used to be fascinated with gymnastics when I was younger.  At one point I even thought, "hey, I can do this!", proceeded to try and do a back flip, with absolutely no training of course, and am lucky I didn't break my neck since I did land on my head.  The discipline these girls have at such a young age is quite impressive.  Orenstein brings us into the behind the scenes portion with Avery - an Olympic contender who lost her chance due to an injury and an asshole coach.  And stemming from the all too true case of Larry Nassar, touches also on the abuse these girls also had to endure.  PHEW!

Now, incorporated into all of this of course is the romance between Avery and Ryan.  Although, we expect the typical romance arc that we are used to in this genre, I absolutely appreciate that this wasn't an instalove type of romance but a budding between two people who actually knew each other way back when.

My favorite parts though were Avery's relationship with Hallie and watching that grow.  I don't know if it's the isolation that's gotten me more emotional or not, but I did find myself attached to Hallie and her growth. But.... I also need to know something else dangit! 😉 I'M INVESTED.  This contemporary romance was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what Orenstein has for us next.


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