HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE: Head Over Heels Review

Summary (from the publisher): 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.

I devoured Head Over Heels in less than a day! It was the perfect amount of contemporary-ness with serious discussions and topics (more on that below), with such a unique setting. The book does light-heartedly call out fans like me, but gymnastics is one of my favorite sports to watch during the Olympics, so it was so fascinating to get an inside look at the sport. I admit that I didn’t really understand some of the moves or gymnastics, but it didn’t really distract me from the plot (and it actually led me to discover gymnastics Tik Tok). I loved Avery as a protagonist, especially since we really get to see her character transform from start to end. I thought the romance was well balanced between everything involving Hallie and getting ready for the Olympic Trials, as well as Avery’s own journey dealing with her past and figuring out her next steps. Read More »

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.

 

 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

My Thoughts:

After absolutely loving Playing with Matches this summer and enjoying Love at First Like last year, I was so excited to read her 2020 release, Head Over Heels. I can’t believe I held off until reading this one until October, but I’m so glad I saved it! I was craving a contemporary read last weekend, and thankfully had this one waiting for me on my shelf. All the puns intended, I am head over heels in love with this book! 

If you were a fan of the Netflix documentary, Athlete A, and enjoy contemporary books as much as I do, Head Over Heels is an absolute must read. The book follows Avery Adams, an elite gymnast whose career ended seven years ago after an injury at the Olympic Trials. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Avery decides to leave California and move back home to Massachusetts, aka the home of her crushed childhood and teenage dreams. When Avery is asked to coach an Olympic hopeful, she finds herself falling for the fellow coach and more importantly, discovering her purpose and how maybe gymnastics can be part of her life once again. 

I devoured Head Over Heels in less than a day! It was the perfect amount of contemporary-ness with serious discussions and topics (more on that below), with such a unique setting. The book does light-heartedly call out fans like me, but gymnastics is one of my favorite sports to watch during the Olympics, so it was so fascinating to get an inside look at the sport. I admit that I didn’t really understand some of the moves or gymnastics, but it didn’t really distract me from the plot (and it actually led me to discover gymnastics Tik Tok). I loved Avery as a protagonist, especially since we really get to see her character transform from start to end. I thought the romance was well balanced between everything involving Hallie and getting ready for the Olympic Trials, as well as Avery’s own journey dealing with her past and figuring out her next steps. Read More »

LOVE & MATCHMAKING:Playing with Matches Review 

Summary (from the publisher): Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent 51HNhvj2d4Ljournalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss. 

Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match.

 Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, like she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control—and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He’s strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off.

 

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Contemporary romance or adult contemporary has been the name of my reading game over the past few weeks, so I’ve been on the hunt for any fun & flirty books in those genres. Between enjoying Hannah Orenstein’s Love at First Like last summer (it wasn’t my all-time favoriteeee read, but I thought the premise was executed well!) and my excitement to pick up her recent release, Head Over Heels, I decided to read her debut, Playing with Matches. While I do still have to read and have high expectations for Head Over Heels, I can say for now that Playing with Matches is my favorite book by Hannah Orenstein because I am absolutely obsessed with it!!If you were just as obsessed as I was with Indian Matchmaking on Netflix this weekend, this book is a must-read! 

I also just want to take a little moment to say that Hannah Orenstein has some of the BEST covers for her books! She recently did a Q&A on her Instagram story talking about how her publishing team makes sure that her book covers, colors & illustrations included, all compliment each other and really match the feel of each story.

Playing with Matches follows aspiring writer and recent NYU grad, Sasha, who finds herself working as a matchmaker in her first full-time, post-college job. I know that there are a few books out there with characters as matchmakers, and I have read a few books where the characters are set up, but this was my first time reading a book with a main character as a matchmaker. Playing with Matches felt like such a current take on this job role, as Sasha uses all kinds of real dating apps to help her clients find potential partners. The book also takes place in NYC, so it was really fun to experience Sasha hoping all over the city to help her clients and made for the perfect setting for this kind of story. It added to the book’s sense of charm and adventures in dating. 

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