Read Chapter 1 here.
4 of 5 Stars
As I was reading this book, I was surprised to realize that as big of a fan of the Olympics as I am, I’ve never read a story about Olympic athletes. I really enjoyed this one – it is a cute, pretty quick read.
While there is a bit of romance in the story, I really felt like this was more of a coming of age story about Alex. Alex is still young – 20 – and very immature. He’s a great skater but not so great at all the other stuff that goes along with it. He’s learning, albeit the hard way, how to navigate being in the international eye. He’s a bit of a jerk at first but as we see more of the real Alex we see that he’s just has some maturing to do. Matt is good at helping him see that not only does he need to relax a little bit when it comes to competing and life in general, he helps him focus on some of the things he needs to work on and makes him a better kid overall. Matt has a couple of his own issues to overcome and together, they seem to make each other better. I would have loved for them to skate together but alas, I guess we are not there yet.
I will say there was a LOT of skating info in the story – a couple of times I skimmed through some of the technical stuff; but overall, this is a unique and unpredictable story with a sweet romance that I definitely recommend.