Review

Letters to Nowhere

Letters to Nowhere

Letters to Nowhere

by Julie Cross

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Published: August 1st, 2013
by Self-Published

four-stars

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Summary:

Set in the tough world of elite gymnastics

I've gotten used to the dead parents face. I've gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I've even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that's made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it.

And something about Jordan--being around him, talking to him, thinking about him--makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That's something I haven't been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it's like to wonder--what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this.

In the gym, if you're struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be...maybe...probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can't happen, can it? But kissing him...well, let's just say it's not an easy activity to forget.

Review:

I won’t hesitate to admit that I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of Mrs. Cross’s Tempest. I think that’s probably why I was so hesitant to buy Letters to Nowhere – even though it sounded like the kind of story I’d love. Nonetheless, I did end up getting a copy, and it was evident there was no need for me to worry because from page one onwards I was hooked.

“Of course it’s hard,” I tell her. “If it wasn’t hard, then the success wouldn’t feel nearly as great.”

17-year-old elite gymnast Karen Campbell’s parents have just died in a car crash. When her gymnastics coach offers to take her in, Karen doesn’t argue. But there she meets her coach’s son – Jordan, who lost his mother and sister years before. As Karen begins to realize how much she and Jordan have in common, the more she begins to fall for him…and the more she begins to wonder about her parent’s death…

Being a competitive gymnast myself, I thought the gymnastics element of the story was a definite plus and was portrayed with utmost accuracy. Letters to Nowhere is centered along Karen’s journey as an elite gymnast, and I was quite interested in seeing how Mrs. Cross portrayed the sport.

There’s lots of technical gymnastics terms, skills, and slang in the book (“stick,” multiple skill names, etc), but Cross takes the time to explain each skill perfectly, so that even people without knowledge of elite gymnastics would be able to easily picture the skills in their heads as they read the story.

Gymnastics was a tough sport – mentally and physically – especially at the elite level, and I couldn’t have made it without the support of my teammates.

Regarding our main character, I loved Karen as a character – and as a person – throughout the story. She was so inspirational and brave, and she felt so realistic. But, despite this, she wasn’t perfect, and that’s what I loved about her. She made mistakes, she did bad things, but, to me, that made her all the more realistic.

Gymnastics has taught me to face fears head-on or they blow up so big you’ll never be able to conquer them.

Letters to Nowhere is a beautifully written book that I’d recommend to all fans of gymnastics, realistic fiction and / or romance. It’s definitely emotionally heart-wrenching at times, yet completely humorous at times as well. Jordan Bentley and Karen Campbell are two characters you’ll never forget.

Even though it was more Coach Cordes’s style to give giant bear hugs, I got one from Coach Bentley. And then he said, right into my ear, so no one else could hear, “This is just the beginning, Karen.”
Just the beginning. I like that.

four-stars

4 thoughts on “Letters to Nowhere

  1. Best. Review. Ever.

    Omg, the video clips and moving pictures…so much fun!

    And would I ruin all the lovely praise on my hard work and research if I admitted to doing no research for this book? I made use of years of stores up knowledge and experience 🙂

    Thanks so much for this review its just lovely x20

    1. Aww…thank you! That just made my day! ❤

      Thank YOU for taking the time to read and comment on this review – it means a lot to me I’m looking forward to reading the sequel! 🙂

      1. You’re very welcome! I’m glad this one was more enjoyable to you than Tempest. One of things I love about writing contemporary vs sci-fi/paranormal is that I get to focus on the characters way more and that’s my favorite aspect of writing by a mile.

        And I got distracted from writing because I was caught up in reading several of your other reviews. They are so intelligent and well thought out. The negative and the positives. This is why I stand behind the fact that all reviews, regardless of the star rating can be deemed valuable tools. What you disliked about a couple books intrigued me and I felt very well informed about the information. You’re an awesome example for the book reviewing community! 🙂

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