Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (186)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

It's been a little while, but Waiting on Wednesday is back! We've got a contemporary party going on, as this week, I'm excited for Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli and The Upside of Falling by Alex Light.

Break the Fall features one of my favorite things, Olympic-level women's gymnastics! Along with having gymnastics at the highest level, the book also tackles a fictionalized version of the sexual abuse scandal that US Gymnastics has been dealing with for the past few years. I don't know if I've seen many, if any, YA gymnastics books before, so this is extra special. I've been super excited for this book since I first heard of it, and I really can't wait to get my hands on it!!!!


Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She's made the United States' gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She's on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most--but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.

With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach's ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn't date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn't need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she's not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey's determination be enough?

Release: February 18, 2020

The Upside of Falling features on of my favorite contemporary tropes, fake dating. Main characters Becca and Brett start 'dating' to get friends and classmates to stop asking if they're dating anyone. And of course, what starts as fake dating becomes real attraction. From the looks of it, The Upside of Falling will be a light and funny read, which is something that can be a nice distraction from all the crazy outside. Also, along with fake dating, the book has the football player and the nerd trope, which is so much fun!


It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

Release: February 18, 2020

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