Author – Sara Fujimura
Genre – YA/Romance/Contemporary/Sports
Publisher – Tor Teen
Year – 2020
Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐/5
Olivia Kennedy’s dream of being an Olympian is crushed. But she is trying to be a normal teen as much as possible. But its not that easy being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashima. Enters Jonah Choi who is training at the Ice Dreams which belongs to Olivia’s parents. Olivia connects with him instantly and he understands him in a way no one else does. But is that enough? What about Olivia’s dream of achieving Olympic gold? Will Jonah choose Olivia before his own dreams?
The writing and the premise of book is really interesting. It keeps you hooked from the start. Characters are well thought and you can see them developed throughout the book. The title does not go with the book at all.
I like the side character Mack way more better than the protagonists. She is badass, caring, mature, fun, quirky and super intelligent.
Sometimes you really feel sad for Olivia because her family is not caring at all, they don’t even have any idea what is going on in her life. But at times she is obnoxious and feels she is extra just because she is in sports and won a gold medal. The way Olivia and Jonah thinks normal teens do drama all the time is really wrong in so many ways and on the other side those teens were always kind and supporting.
Author is trying to discuss too many issues at one time but she has more miss than hits. Food habits of Olivia and Jonah is not normal and any sensitive person going through body issues can be triggered by it. Lockdown situation in school was deal with very casually. Like the next day no one is even talking about it. Even Olivia’s own mother doesn’t realize about it until next day and all she says is sorry and nothing else.
There are too many sports terms used in the book. I wish author could have simplified it or added any notes explaining them. Because of this the ending is just too confusing for me. I couldn’t understand it and there were so many subplots that remain open. Ending was too rushed and felt author just want to wrap it up everything very quickly.
The premise of the book has so much potential because it deals with a lot of issues in teen life which can be relateable but author couldn’t executed it properly. And in turn felt like Olivia and Jonah were actually very extra which was not needed at all.
What about kissing someone you actually thinks like a brother? Egg Olivia’s rink partner was really negative in my opinion. Using a kiss to add drama to your performance and except that it has no purpose or affect in the overall story at all. Abandoning a minor in the other state and everything is just fine at the end I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Plus he was being total mean in that scene.
Even with all this issue the book is really good and has some really cute moments and I would recommend this book only for Mack. She is superstar of the book and she deserves all the praise. And I would really like a sequel based on the life of Mack.
Thank you so much theffbc for including me in your blog tour.