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The Summer Games Out of Bounds
A young olympic gymnast and a coach come to together to train for the final weeks leading up to the Olympics. Brie is immature, indignant and lacks respect for the authority of her coach. Erik a hot playboy and is cold as ice.
The plot of this book is fairly disturbing, especially considering the recent events of Dr. Lassar of being found guilty of sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts.
IMO Erik crosses the line from alpha male to sexual abuser. He is clearly in a position of power with the immature student/gymnast and his actions are pretty creepy. He is constantly telling her he is trying to control her, messing with her head and treating her like garbage in front of other people. The creepiness begins early in the plot as the 30 year coach initiates a conversation about sex with his 20 year old athlete. Erik clearly sees her as a "girl", (as he constantly reminds her) and his other love interests as woman, yet he continues to engage in sexual activity with her. The most disturbing scene unfolds when Erik prescribes yoga as a means for Brie to gain better trust in her body. The yoga session ends with the coach leading his athlete into sex. Erik's rationalization that this session would help Brie become a better gymnast was way too reminiscent of how Dr. Lassar's justified his abuse to his gymnasts.
I think the author was intending to be sexy and edgy, but the product is just down right creepy. I hope none of the abused Olympic gymnasts ever stumble upon this book.