Took me a while to settle into the telling (not showing) style, but when I did I found I couldn’t put the book down. Expected a few less cliches from a poet, but on the whole I liked the writing. As the ending approached I did start dreading a coming-of-age-hollywood-movie-style victory for Martin and his team, but the actual result of the gymnastics comp fitted the story well. Not sure why it’s a ‘ground-breaking’ novel, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
4/5 – I really liked it
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