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I Got This: To Gold and Beyond Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 65 user ratings
ISBN:0062677322
LANGUAGE:English

"Great bio from Laurie Hernandez about her journey to becoming part of "The Final Five" at the 2016 Rio Olympics (gold medalist). Hernandez has a warm, honest voice that middle grade readers will connect with instantly. Her message for young people - "You win whenever you commit to something, because you can't experience growth without even trying"- is a great life lesson to impart. Kids will love all the behind-the-scenes stories in this including Hernandez's visit with President Obama (who tried to do a split with the team!). Good companion read to Courage to Soar by Simone Biles." said.

"I LOVE Laurie Hernandez and LOVED watching her on Dancing With the Stars. This book was an absolutely warm, inspirational and amazing book. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Laurie is wise beyond her years. I felt like Laurie and I were chatting over a cup of coffee. Her humility, passion, and energetic spirit was definitely evident in this book. I loved how she included emojis before each chapter as a nod to her nickname as the Human Emoji. She provided the reader with so much love and inspiration. I absolutely adore her. This book is a must read! I cannot wait to witness what Laurie does in the future!" said.

"A bubbly, feel good account of an Olympic gymnast's path to gold, Laurie Hernandez is a role model for all young athletes, and uniquely Latina as well. A departure from my recent reading binge of negative accounts of the sport of women's gymnastics, "I Got This" is a mostly positive recap of Hernandez' athletic career and ultimate coronation as "Dancing With the Stars" champion.
A bit gushy, "I Got This" glosses over the negative publicity recently focused on the sport and the Karolyi Ranch, but hey, it's a Junior Biography!
In perspective, the Karolyis did achieve a high level of success and despite recent issues, gymnastics is an excellent whole body sport, providing that participants, coaches and parents are healthy, ethical and responsible.
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"I really liked the book. I used to practice gymnastics and even tho I didn't get in a high or elite level, I still love the sport and respect it. The way Laurie writes and tells you her story is wonderful and super entertaining. She reflects how it will never be easy to achieve your dreams and how there would be ups and downs but at the end it is going to be worth it. I have no complaints for the book and I put it 4 stars instead of 5 because it did not blew me away or achieve that level of awesomeness but I still really loved it and kind of gave me the inspiration I needed.

It was a really lovely read and the kind of book I needed at the time.It is super inspiring and if you like sports or specially gymnastics I do not know what you are waiting for to pick this one up!
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"I read the e-book and found the memoir to be delightful to read. The content reads like a middle grade or younger YA book. It's a great sports book for readers as well as a clean memoir for teenagers.

I enjoyed the inspirational aspect and the information about Ms. Hernandez's training, the camps, her wins, and her losses. Many readers will be able to identify with the long term aspect of training in a sport and its impact on the athlete's family.

The narrative is easy reading and especially interesting when we get to the part of the story about the trials for the Olympics and the teamwork required to get to the Olympics. I wasn't aware she was involved in Dancing With the Stars, but that too proved to be an athletic endeavor.

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"Two-sentence summary: very young gymnast tells her life story to date. There's a lot of success, a lot of energy, and exactly zero tension.

It's fine, really. Much like with Simone Biles' book, this seems like a good one for teens who are just looking for something upbeat. But I'm really truly not joking about the tension level: it's largely a litany of competitions and scores, mixed with upbeat comments about nerves and a dash of naïveté. Hernandez has had some concerning injuries, but even those don't seem to slow her down for more than a paragraph. There are some funny/cute moments, as when Hernandez talks about meeting President Obama and then follows up by describing 'the biggest OMG moment of all' (156)...meeting Beyonce.

Again, I think Hernandez and her cohort will have a lot more to write about in a decade or two, but at least it's light entertainment.
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"Once I started this book, it became clear that it was geared towards children, which I suppose makes sense when the author is 16. That said, after really liking Simone Biles' memoir earlier this year, comparatively, Laurie Hernandez' book was really bad. Like there were 15 pages at the end that were literally blank pages where she says to "write your story". Now, I understand that even an Olympian who is only a teenager may not be able to fill a whopping 240 pages with life story, but beyond that, there were sections that were barely about her life at all. And could this girl really live in so much of a bubble that she never thought about the fact that she was one of the first Latina gymnasts America has ever had representing the country? Yes, she lived there in that bubble. Someone had to instruct her to look it up. Sigh. I wanted to like this book. I live watching Laurie Hernandez perform and think she seems like a great kid, but this book is painful to read if you're older than 12. Just the one star." said.

"This book is about Laurie Hernandez, winner of gold at the Rio Olympics and Dancing with the Stars champion. She talks about her life growing up, her family, her goals, the work she put into gymnastics and dancing, and her life philosophy.

It's a good book and written at her age level, so appropriate for younger kids and middle school students. High school ages and adults might enjoy the book as well, but it is written for the younger audience. Good for school visits!


Book description:
Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez shares her story in her own words in this debut book for fans of all ages—with never-before-seen photos!

At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team. After winning gold in Rio as part of the Final Five, Laurie also earned an individual silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Nicknamed “the Human Emoji” for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continued to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars, where she was the youngest-ever winner of the Mirrorball Trophy.

Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America’s newest sweetheart all over again.
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