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At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team. After winning gold in Rio as part of the Final Five, Laurie also earned an individual silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Nicknamed “the Human Emoji” for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continues to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars.
Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America’s newest sweetheart all over again.
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By S.R.E. on 09-28-17
Gymfans, don't waste your time
I am a big fan of gymnastics and of sports memoirs - Dominique Moceanu's book was amazing. Simone Biles was obviously more guarded, but even that book gave a glimpse beneath the surface. If you're looking for a book like that, look elsewhere.
This book was obviously not penned by Laurie, and it shows. It reads like someone's idea of how a sixteen year old girl would write. Someone who does not know any sixteen year old girls. Lots of "IT WAS SOOO FUN!" and "I WAS SOOOO DISAPPOINTED!" It contains a few tiny tidbits about her personal life but almost no detail. I feel like I could have written this book based solely on her interviews before and after Rio. Her life before 2016 is glossed over in the first 30 minutes. Although there's lots of talk about making the Olympic team, the competitions themselves and the details of her routines are barely discussed.
Even if you feel compelled to read this book, please buy the physical edition and steer clear of the audiobook. The book is read the way it's written - like an overly dramatic idea of what a teenage girl would sound like. Whoever directed the production must have told the narrator to try and "act" and take dramatic pauses. The effect is almost unlistenable. Not to mention typical mispronunciations which show that there was zero research put in by the producers. The narration is slightly more tolerable if you speed it up to 1.25x normal speed.
I want my four hours and my credit back.