Simone Biles' entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a day-care field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the 19 medals - 14 of them gold - and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Along the way Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story - one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her - and can lead you - to even the most unlikely of dreams.
©2016 Simone Biles (P)2016 Zondervan
While you can tell the enthusiasm put into his book by the author was incredible, the story at felt thin at times. Significant life events did impact the author and her story is interesting but the book lacks alot of substance and at times, the writing Seems like a space filler. Example: So then my neighbor made a fort and I said", I like your fort". And she said, "OK". There are numerous paragraphs similar to this throughout the book which I tried to be forgiving about, but eventually I just couldn't let them go. Maybe there wasn't really a full book to be made from the story. Overall not bad but i was left waiting to finish so i could move on to my next book.
The narrators depictions of characters, other than Simone, all sounded the same. There was a strange accent of some sort being used which was rather annoying.
The overall story was very nice. Interesting to see her journey. Since gymnastics was her life and she is rather young I found the story missing live experiences relatable to an older audience. This book is great for younger audience trying to find themselves through adolescent into going adulthood. Overall I find it an easy listen.
Looking for inspiration look no further. If you want to understand what makes a champion ,this is a perfect book. I cried , I laughed, I understood what it meant when (Momma Biles) said "It takes a village" . This is not only for those looking to hear Simone's story first hand but also if you are stuck in life and just looking for a little encouragement this is for you, for those little gymnast this is perfect for you and for Moms and Dads alike who gave up doing cartwheels long ago this is definitely for you lol. Thank you Simone and Company.
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