So things have changed a little since the last time I posted. I hope to get back to some of my normal posting soon (like updating my 1980 challenge, which is a lot easier to complete these days than say my 40-for-40 challenge), but I finished my first book in nearly two months, so I thought I should post while I’m still feeling it. I hope you and yours are well and you’re making it through this crazy quarantine time. Some days are better than others, which is probably always true, but these days there’s not much else to think about (except for…*gestures wildly at everything*).
I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Iacopelli’s writing for nearly a decade as she was one of my favorite fanfic writers for one of my early 2010s guilty pleasure shows that doesn’t really hold up in the later half of the decade for a lot of reasons. She’s written novels before, but when I heard that she was finally writing a gymnastics novel, I was SO IN. I immediately requested it on Libby.
I was all set to read it on the plane either to Paris or from Paris. However, on the way to Paris, I spent more time trying to sleep without touching things and on the way home, I was just really anxious to land back in the US with the world falling apart around me. I started it once I got home and began my quarantine a few days before everyone else in the City, but the library loan ran out before I could finish it. That’s not a knock on Iacopelli’s writing; I couldn’t really concentrate on anything in the early days of our stay-at-home order. Immediately, I put in back on hold and six weeks later, it became available this weekend. In the last couple of days, I finished devouring this novel, and I’m kinda mad it’s over.
Breaking the Fall follows one elite gymnast on the cusp of the 2020 Olympics, when scandal rocks the national team (shades of 2016). Audrey Lee is kind of an Aly Raisman type, who is the anchor of the team and the captain without trying, who shocks everyone who isn’t paying attention with her success. Nothing is easy when everything you know has been taken from you and yet, you’re still expected to go out there and achieve your dream. Plus, there’s a cute boy who likes you. I flew through the second half of this book after dinner, and even though you’re pretty sure how it’s all going to go down, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
It was the perfect balm for a world gone topsy-turvy, giving just enough gymnastics to keep me happy, while really delving into what sports, friendship, and positivity can do for you, in a non-cheesy way. I loved it.