Jennifer Iacopelli

Jennifer Iacopelli was born in new York and has no plans to leave, ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett, both of whom wrote about kick-butt girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-butt. As a librarian, she frolics all day with her students, books and computers and writes at night while cheering on her beloved Yankees.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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