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This post first appeared at A Backwards Story on September 13, 2013.
The art of gymnastics has always enthralled me. It and ice skating were always the two sports I rushed to watch (and tape!) on TV growing up. I begged to take classes, but we couldn't afford it. When I heard that LETTERS TO NOWHERE revolved around the world of elite gymnastics, I immediately wanted to read it.
Karen has been training to be an elite gymnast for years, but has never been quite *good enough* to make that final leap. She's planning to put aside her dreams and complete on an (NCLA) scholarship in college rather than once again suffer the heartbreaks of her limitations. Then her parents die in a car accident and everything changes. Her coach becomes her legal guardian and takes her in. Karen is finally able to make her own decisions without her parents' influence. Does she do what her parents want and play it safe for college, or will she finally listen to her heart and go for gold?
When I finished reading LETTERS TO NOWHERE, I was immediately struck with the same emotions that came during the Make It or Break It TV series finale. I had sweated and bled with these girls. Cried with them. Cheered with them. Experienced their failures and triumphs. There was closure, and an answer to the direction life will go, but that's it. Neither show nor book is *real,* so I can't legitimately follow the careers of these girls. I want to know, though. Oh, how I want to know. Despite the closure, I sincerely hope Cross sets another book in Karen's world. I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. (Edited to add: She has! Books 2 and 3 are out now...and I NEED to read them. ASAP!)
LETTERS TO NOWHERE has a little bit of everything. We get to be in the gym and watch Karen grow (And I learned even more about gymnastics than I already knew; the practice pit really intrigued me). There is heartbreak as Karen deals with the ramifications of being an orphan at seventeen and learns to fit into her new life on her own. There is romance as Karen slowly falls for her coach's teenage son Jordan. They've both experienced horrific loss and fit well together. Jordan helps Karen deal and slowly move on. When I first saw the description and the cover, I thought the novel would be super romancey, but it's balanced well and realistically. All of the elements blend together for a well-rounded, full-developed novel that was a joy to read and over much too soon.
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