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The Flip Side

The Flip SideThe Flip Side By A.L. Sonnichsen, Shawn Johnson

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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 7, 2016

Rating: three-half-stars

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

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.

I loved gymnastics as a kid. I was flexible and a little fearless the way kids are, and although I was never very good, I liked the world of gymnastics a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m less flexible and pretty much afraid of everything, but still love gymnastics. So when I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore, I immediately had to purchase it.

This was a really fun, quick read, and I liked the view it gave me into the world of elite gymnastics. Truthfully though, I wish there had been more about gymnastics in the book. Although I really liked reading about Charlie’s home life and school life, and the struggle to balance those worlds with her gymnastics side of life, I guess what really drew me to the book was a desire to read about gymnastics.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fun summer read with a really cute romance, you can’t go wrong with this book! Recommended!


One Response

  1. You were a great little gymnast!!! I loved watching you do flips and walkovers – front and back – and generally bend like a pretzel at will!!!!

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