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Shawn Johnson, 1992-

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An elite teenaged gymnast with Olympic dreams finds it hard to train when a irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw her whole world off balance.

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Published
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
308 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781481460217
1481460218
Main Author
Shawn Johnson, 1992- (author)
Other Authors
A. L Sonnichsen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

For one girl, life is a balancing act, literally. By day she's Charlotte Ryland, bespectacled normal kid, struggling with her government class. The rest of the time, she's Charlie Ryland, Olympic-hopeful gymnast. All is well until her best friend Zoe arranges a surprise blind date at the movies, and even though Charlie wants no distractions, she finds herself attracted to star wrestler Bobby—surely he would understand her discipline. When she decides to secretly go to prom with Bobby, everything implodes: a freak accident results in Charlie reinjuring the ankle she broke at age 8. Her Olympic dreams may be over, and her double life is revealed, fracturing her relationships with both Zoe and Bobby, perhaps irreparably. Readers interested in gymnastics and what it takes to succeed should find this illuminating, while gymnast Johnson's experiences as an Olympic gold medalist add additional insight. Give to readers who enjoyed Paul Volponi's The Final Four (2012) or Wendelin Van Draanen's The Running Dream (2011) Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Johnson, an Olympic gold-medalist gymnast and memoirist (Winning Balance), segues into fiction with this YA debut. Sophomore Charlie Ryland, who's contending for a spot on the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, is keeping her athletic life a secret from her classmates: "In order to maintain some semblance of normality in my life, I perform a balancing act." That balance topples when she severely sprains her ankle while attending prom with her crush, against the wishes of her protective parents. The accident is doubly devastating, as it jeopardizes Charlie's Olympic dreams and makes public her status as an elite gymnast. Writing with Sonnichsen (Red Butterfly), Johnson offers crisp accounts of Charlie's grueling gymnastic training and physical and mental fortitude, while also credibly conveying her anguish at maintaining dual identities and her remorse at the hurt that her deceptions cause. Though there's little doubt that Charlie will stick the landing, so to speak, in the novel's exhilarating finale, readers will be drawn into her passionate devotion to both spheres of her life. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Keene, Octagon. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Olympic medalist Johnson makes her YA debut with a romance novel about a young gymnast trying to balance her dream of obtaining an Olympic gold medal with her burning desire to be a "normal" teenager. Charlie Ryland lives a double life—as Charlie, she's a serious contender, just one trial away from making the Olympic team. As Charlotte, she attends classes at a high school where no one knows who she is. She's been doing this for four years, but things come to a head right before her final Olympic qualifier, when she winds up serving as temporary secretary in the student government alongside champion wrestler and all-around good guy Bobby Singh. Johnson gives readers a sweet, conventional romance—one predictably heavy on high school drama and surprisingly light on the gymnastics. Details about training, moves, and the basic routines of an elite gymnast are frequently skimmed over, robbing the story of what could have been something special. Charlotte is a likable narrator, though, and her strong desire for privacy and normalcy in a far from normal existence makes her sympathetic. This work, despite its occasional lapses into some noticeably wooden prose and dialogue, moves well, and romance fans seeking a quick fix will speed right through. VERDICT A good addition to any library looking to expand its romance section.—Bobbi Parry, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, LA [Page 102]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An elite teenaged gymnast with Olympic dreams finds it hard to train when a irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw her whole world off balance.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Olympic gold medalist and reality television star presents a debut novel inspired by her own experiences, presenting the story of elite teen gymnast Charlie, who hides her training activities and questions her goals when she falls in love. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.