January 26, 2018

#BookReview: The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

About the Book: 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.

Reviewed By: Caity G.
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Recommended Age: Teens
Genre: Contemporary
How I Acquired this book: Bought it
Overall rating: ★★★
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About the Author: Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in 2007 and 2011, as well as titles in the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam in 2007.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Nothing

Check out author's other books? Sure, but I'm not in any rush to do so
Recommend this book? If you're into fun and fluff, definitely

Notes and Opinions: If nothing else, this book was very cute. The plot was simplistic, but fairly evenly paced and the characters were just complex enough to be interesting. I also felt like they were relatively believable, especially the ones who weren't elite athletes competing at the highest levels in the world.

This is the kind of book that you can pick up randomly and read in a night or two. While I'd qualify it as a guilty pleasure, in a way, it was enjoyable learning more about how a gymnast competing at that level struggles to balance school and life as an athlete. 

Go Into This One Knowing: It's kind of silly and it's hard to relate to an elite, world-class gymnast on some levels

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