Blog Tour Review: It’s All in How You Fall by Sarah Henning

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Absolutely loved the healthy communication prevalent throughout this novel

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Sarah Henning for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Mystery Thriller
Publishing Date: July 12, 2022

A contemporary young adult romance about moving on, finding your place, and recovering after life falls apart.

Gymnast Caroline Kepler has three state balance beam titles, a new trick even most elites can’t do, and chronic, undeniable back pain. While she might never be an Olympian, she has dreams of leveling up to elite, making Nationals, and competing in college. But when one epic face-plant changes all that and Caroline’s back pain goes from chronic to career-ending, her dreams are shattered and her life is flipped upside down.

Enter Alex Zavala, a three-sport athlete who’s both incredibly cute and incredibly off-limits. He offers to give Caroline a crash course in all the sports she’s missed, and she has an offer for him in return: For every sport Alex teaches her, she’ll play matchmaker for him. Deal done, Caroline “dates” new sports with Alex for the rest of the summer, which is loads more fun than wallowing in despair. Just as Caroline starts to see herself as more than her past athletic successes, she picks up something she didn’t bargain for: a big fat crush on Alex. Turns out life was way easier when it was just layout-fulls and beam burns….

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach PostKansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. 

Sarah is the author of SEA WITCH, which was a 2018 Indies Introduce and Indie’s Next selection. Its follow up, SEA WITCH RISING, came out in 2019. THROW LIKE A GIRL, about a down-spiraling softball player who is recruited to play quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team, was her first YA contemporary novel and came out in January 2020. THE PRINCESS WILL SAVE YOU, the first book in her fantasy trilogy—a feminist tale inspired by The Princess Bride—came out in July 2020. Its sequel, THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU, came out on July 6, 2021.

Other upcoming projects include THE KING WILL KILL YOU, available August 2, 2022 and will be the conclusion to her Kingdoms of Sand & Sky Trilogy inspired by The Princess Bride. Also scheduled for summer 2022 is IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU FALL, available May 31, 2022, which takes place in the same fictional universe as THROW LIKE A GIRL. Slated for summer 2023 is OUT OF OUR LEAGUE, a YA anthology of contemporary short stories about girls in sports.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

I’m back again with another review! It’s All in How You Fall was such a lovely contemporary romance. Lately, I’ve found myself not enjoying reading as much as I used to, and as a result I’ve reluctantly trudged through a lot of books that I wasn’t really enjoying. I’m so thankful that this book came along in my rotation because it was the perfect cozy comfort read for summer.

The story follows a young 15 year-old girl named Caroline who, following a career-ending injury, is forced to rethink her personal identity. If she can no longer be a gymnast, who could she possibly be? With the help of her brother’s good friend, Alex, Caroline begins exploring other sports in an attempt to find one that is less-strenuous on her injured back, but just as enjoyable.

This book was full of so many glorious tropes. We have the classic I’m setting you up with other people even though I secretly am developing feelings for you trope mixed in with sport’s romance, sibling’s best friend, and friends-to-lovers. If you’re a fan of any of those tropes, definitely give this book a try.

My favorite thing about this book, by far, was the lack of serious conflict. All of the characters meshed so well with each other that any arguments or disagreements they found themselves in were quickly, and easily, resolved with open and honest communication. I am DESPERATE to read more books like this, so please give me recommendations if you have any!

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