Unstoppable!: My Journey from World Champion to Athlete A to 8-Time NCAA National Gymnastics Champion and Beyond

Roaring Brook. Jan. 2024. 192p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250860224.
Gr 7 Up–Part autobiography, part memoir, this book both recounts Nichols’s stellar elite and collegiate gymnastic career and serves as a tell-all about the abuse and trauma she experienced as a USA gymnast. Though the root of the abuse was at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar, Nichols tastefully unearths a lot of systematic issues that plagued USA Gymnastics at various levels. The story reads fast overall, but some information, such as character descriptions of many coaches as well as daily schedules information, slows the narrative. Each chapter focuses on a character trait and begins with a positive quote which Nichols is well known for via her social media platforms. Nichols concludes the book with a call to action to be vulnerable, open, and aware of everyone because often people aren’t alone in what they’re experiencing. The book has a lot of technical gymnastic information, from how scoring works to what different levels of performance might include. There is a glossary of terms at the end of the work as well as Nichols’s career highlights, and sexual abuse warning signs and other resources. Contains an introduction by Simone Biles.
VERDICT A worthwhile purchase only if other gymnastic memoirs tend to circulate often. The writing style is very causal and tends to read like a young person’s journal at times yet obviously touches on topics of sexual abuse, eating disorders, and associated legal matters.

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