Break the Fall

Jennifer Iacopelli

The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory on the uneven bars. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the agony in her back that forced her out of the gym for a year and will bring her career to an end after the Games. Every spasm and ache will be worth it once she has that gold medal around her neck.

 But none of her training prepares her for her coach being led away in handcuffs, accused by a fellow gymnast of the unthinkable. No one knows what to believe and Audrey’s teammates, including her best friend, are at each other’s throats. With a new coach, Olympic officials and the media circling like vultures, only one person seems to understand – her new coach’s son, Leo, with his sparkling green eyes, cocky smile and Olympic dreams of his own.

 As the Olympic torch closes in on Tokyo  – and the end of her career along with it – Audrey has no idea who to trust, let alone what life holds after her final dismount. The only thing she can do is hope that in the end, belief in herself and what’s left of her team, will be enough for gold.


Break The Fall has already won my heart by focusing on a fictional American women’s gymnastics team en route to the Olympics. The sheer joy of their activity leaps from the page, even as the huge commitment and dedication required is acknowledged. The deft balancing of female solidarity and ambition is one of the many pleasing things about this book; another is how vividly the gymnastics routines come to life, playing out as though on a screen and inspiring the same level of breath-holding, wincing and cheering as the real Olympics might.

The Irish Times
The Irish Times

This book truly had no shortcomings, and I adored it with all my heart. Break the Fall was poignant, raw, and fiercely important, and I hope everyone will pick it up.

The Nerd Daily
The Nerd Daily

Dramatic, heart-wrenching and emotion story of friendship, high stakes competition and growth. I was rooting for the whole team!

Amy McCulloc, author of Jinxed
Amy McCulloc , author of Jinxed

You will feel every tense bead of sweat, every nagging injury, every surge of adrenaline in Jennifer Iacopelli's superb gymnastics novel BREAK THE FALL. You will also feel the tingle of first love, the heartbreak of innocence lost, and the overwhelming joy that comes from diving into your dream, head first, and giving it all you have got.

Holly Sorensen, creator of Make It Or Break It
Holly Sorensen , creator of Make It Or Break It

Break the Fall is the YA gymnastics novel of my dreams, and the very human drama at the center grabbed me as Audrey Lee learns what it means to be a friend and how to stand up for what's right. I couldn't put it down!

Alicia Thompson, author of The Go For Gold series
Alicia Thompson , author of The Go For Gold series

I flew through this book. I was rooting for Audrey and the rest of Team USA the whole time—for their health, for their friendship, and of course for their gymnastics. Reading BREAK THE FALL is the closest I’ve ever come to the thrill of competing at the Olympics—and I didn’t even have to do a single push-up to get here.

Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
Leila Sales , author of This Song Will Save Your Life


Young Adult

UK Publication

Hachette Children's Group / Hodder Children's Books, Spring 2020

US Publication

Razorbill PRH, Spring 2020

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Hodder Children's Books
US: Penguin Random House / Razorbill
Catalan: La Galera
German: HarperCollins Germany
Spanish La Galera