Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

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July 10, 2017 by Zoë

Tumbling by Caela Carter follows four gymnasts through the US Olympic trials. Each of them has a different history with the sport and a different strategy, but all are vying for a spot on that plane to Rome.

The Good
So I loved Make It or Break It. I still love it and re-watch the whole thing every once in a while. I think the reason I like the TV show much is because, as I’ve mentioned once or twice before, I love ballet drama. Obviously gymnastics isn’t ballet, and I actually don’t really know anything about gymnastics, but it’s easy to equate the two.

This book was just full of drama, so I really enjoyed it. Despite the drama, the problems that the individual girls had seemed very realistic. For some, gymnastics was their whole life, while others had more balance, or wanted more balance.

I also appreciated the portrayal of an eating disorder. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but I appreciated that it was included and how the author dealt with it. It wasn’t everything in the girl’s life, but it was a a big part of it.

The Bad
Obviously this is not some deep exploration of the gymnastics world. It’s an account of a drama-filled two days with the girls pitted against one old, Russian lady who is somehow in charge of the US woman’s gymnastics team. So don’t go into this looking for depth and meaning.

The Verdict
Do you like drama? Do you like gymnastics? Did you like Make It or Break It? Then this is the book for you!

“Camille didn’t want to be a weapon or a key. She wanted to be a person. A gymnast, yes. But a person even more.”

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