Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

Head Over Heels

Hannah Orenstein

fiction Contemporary Romance
emotional lighthearted fast-paced
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.

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Body shaming (1 reviewer), Eating disorder (1 reviewer), Emotional abuse (1 reviewer), Fatphobia (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), Sexual assault (1 reviewer), and Toxic relationship (1 reviewer)


Sexual assault (1 reviewer)


emotional 70%
lighthearted 50%
hopeful 41%
inspiring 33%
reflective 20%
informative 12%
funny 8%
relaxing 8%
adventurous 4%
challenging 4%
dark 4%
sad 4%
tense 4%


medium 54%
fast 41%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 59% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 14% | N/A: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 86% | Yes: 9% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 76% | No: 14% | It's complicated: 9%

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