Review: Head Over Heels by Hanna Orenstein


Release date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Atria

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. 


You know how some authors can write a romance with the perfect blend of lightness and depth? It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s THE best and the author knocked it out of the park here. Avery is a former competitive gymnast who lost everything when she was severely injured and several years later she’s back in her hometown, living with her parents after a breakup. Poor girl, right?! The one bright spot is her new coaching job at her old gym alongside Ryan, a fellow gymnast who she’s always had a crush on. I loved Avery and Ryan was alright too 😉 he was a little wishy washy for me but redeemed himself in the end. Avery was fantastic enough to carry the whole story, she’s fierce and endearing and I was rooting for her so hard. This was a keen look into the cutthroat and demanding world of gymnastics and there were some serious issues explored (abuse, #metoo movement etc).

I’ve read all three of the authors books and I’m such a fan, she writes fresh, modern romances full of wit and heart and I agree with my friend Kailey, this is her best yet! And if you’re like so many of us who are bummed about no Olympics this summer this is the perfect antidote, especially if you’re a competitive gymnastics fan.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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