Lessons in Falling
Diana Gallagher (Author)
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DescriptionONE TUMBLE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING
LESSON ONE: Playing it safe beats taking chances. After an injury ends Savannah's dream of a college gymnastics scholarship, she quits. Despite her parents' protests, she won't risk breaking her body--and heart--again. LESSON TWO: Catch your best friend when she falls--or regret it forever. Rules are meant to be broken, according to Savannah's best friend, Cassie--and it's more fun to break them together. But when Cassie attempts suicide, Savannah's left wondering how well she really knows her. LESSON THREE: Learning to leap forward, not knowing where you'll land is the hardest lesson of all. Falling for Marcos wasn't part of the plan. Not only did he save Cassie's life, he also believes Savannah can still achieve her dreams. Except Cassie thinks Marcos and gymnastics will only break Savannah's heart. As Savannah tumbles and twists through toxic friendships and crushing parental expectations, she realizes you never know who will be there when you fall.
Spencer Hill Press
February 07, 2017
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Though Diana Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She's also a gymnastics coach and judge, former collegiate gymnast, and writing professor. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook University and her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast, and on a candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. To learn more, visit her website at dianagallagher.blogspot.com.
Debut author Gallagher's background as a gymnastics instructor comes through in a story that captures the guilt and insecurity that can plague unhealthy relationships, set against a backdrop of racism and anti-immigrant sentiments in Savannah's community. Although Cassie's suicide attempt is swept by with surprising speed, it's satisfying to follow Savannah as she finds her way.--Publishers Weekly