I received a gifted copy of THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD by Alena Dillon! Thank you to William Morrow Books!
Rating: 4 / 5
THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD takes a look at the world of gymnastics. Sera Wheeler is an Olympic hopeful, devoting nearly her whole life to training even if it means sacrificing health and wellness. Her mother fully supports her daughter’s pursuit and the family makes every sacrifice it can to support her dream.
Sera’s best friend has been on the same trajectory as her, but she’s been singled out by the doctor at their gymnastics camp for special treatment. This is the beginning of the fractures in their relationship, sparking jealousy in Sera, even after her friend reports the doctor to the authorities.
My friend Katie @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf told me I needed to read this book so I made it one of my friend pick prompt selections in my bookish advent calendar and I was really glad to finally have an extra excuse to pick up this book. It is not at all an easy read much of the time, but it was very well done and kept me hooked throughout.
I have long been a fan of watching the gymnastics in the Olympics (and even got to see them live in Atlanta which was awesome!), but I also know the heartache and sacrifice and trauma that the athletes put their bodies through. Knowing some of the scandals that have come out of the world of Olympics, I wasn’t surprised by what this book talked about, but it still made me infuriated. Sera doesn’t really understand what she is witnessing and it is also easy to see how her ambition clouds her judgement. Still, I felt for the breaking of her closest friendship!
There is so much to this book from family and friend relationships to real world issues and dangers. This is a book definitely worth a place on your TBR!