|Gymnasts, Maroney and Ross (BFFs) lying in the Olympic|
Rings. I LOVE THIS PICTURE!
I think my cures may be egging on my olympic obsession even more. Anyway, for gymnastics here are the books.
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas- I'm surprised more people don't know about this book even though it is relatively new and just came out earlier this summer.
Leverage by Joshua Cohen- This is sort of a half football, half gymnastics book (it will make sense if you read the summary!) and is told from two boys' points of view.
Spotting for Nellie by Pamela Lowell- I hardly know anything about this book, but I've seen some good reviews for it and it sounds good! :)
Swimming is definitely my favorite sport! I love love love swimming! I love partaking in swimming and also love watching swimming in the Olympics. Side note: my all time favorite swimmer, Dana Vollmer, won 3 gold medals this Olympics! So exciting!
|There's Dana Vollmer getting out of the pool after winning!|
The List by SiobhanVivian- One of the eight main characters in this novel, Danielle is a swimmer and on an intense swim team. If you're longing for more olympic swimming, read the List.
Swim the Fly by Don Calame- I read this book a couple years ago and I just recall that I could not stop laughing the entire book. Three teenage boys join the swim team... it' just a really funny book that I highly recommend whether you're into swimming to not.
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs- The premise of this one may be mermaids, but there is definitely also some swimming and swim team action throughout the novel. A fun lighthearted summery and swimmy read that I highly recommend!
|4x400, USA Women take the gold!|
One of my favorite elements of track is the diversity. I love how there can be someone in each lane from a different country and I guess I really just love how the Olympics manages to draw so many countries together.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen- The Running Dream is by the same author as Flipped, and while Flipped is certainly more well known, I think that The Running Dream might be just as good. The Running Dream tells the story of a girl who loses her leg in an accident but wants to keep running anyway. Highly recommend this one!
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs- Another TLC novel! Moving to greece, being on the Cross Country/ Track team, this is another vivacious, lighthearted novel by young adult author extraordinaire, Tera Lynn Childs.
|USA's lovely soccer game winning the gold medal.|
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin- I cannot contain my emotions for this book!! I love Kelsey so much! Soccer, theatre, prom, new york city, this is the perfect year that turns into the perfect disaster. (side note: Kelsey's experience with soccer had me laughing out loud!)
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger- This book is some soccer and some football, but I thought I'd still include it since I love it so much! Probably my favorite of Kody Keplingers fabulous novels (although A Midsummer's Nightmare was pretty amazing), Shut Out is about a sports team rivalry and is a modern retelling of the greek play, lysistrata.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares- Oh, what a good book. I've always admired Bridget (one of the main characters) for her carefree existence although I know that I could NEVER EVER be at all like her because I'm way too OCD and stressed about every little thing. But I love Bridget and her soccer, lovely long blond hair, and her live-in-the-moment way of life.
That's it for cures to your Olympic Fever! I'm sad to see the Olympics go and cannot believe that we have to wait 4 more years for the next summer olympics! I'll be in college by then! And feel free to leave any of your thoughts on the Olympics in the comments! :)