Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.
Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete… until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?
Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.
SARA FUJIMURA is an award-winning young adult author and creative writing teacher. She is the American half of her Japanese-American family, and has written about Japanese culture and raising bicultural children for such magazines as Appleseeds, Learning Through History, East West, and Mothering, as well as travel-related articles for To Japan With Love. Her self-published young adult novels include Tanabata Wish and Breathe. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and children.
My household is all about sports. My kids all play a different sport. My husband is a sports writer. When we wake up in the morning, we turn on SportsCenter instead of the news. Most of my favorite movies have sports in them too. So when books come out with a sports angle, I know they are going to be something I want to read. This was true for Every Reason We Shouldn’t. But I was a little bit concerned when I read the book description. Was this just going to be a teen angle on the movie The Cutting Edge? Thankfully, it was not. In fact, The Cutting Edge is mentioned a few times in the book, but this story has no parallels to the movie.
Instead, Every Reason We Shouldn’t gives an interesting look into the lives of young elite athletes. Their level of training and lifestyle that comes with it is very different than that of a typical teenager. From what they eat to how they spend their time, young athletes have to put their training first. So what happens when two elite athletes fall in love? That is the adventure that you are on in Every Reason We Shouldn’t.
When reading this book, I was reminded of Zach and Julie Ertz. For those that don’t know who they are: Zach is the Tight End for the Philadelphia Eagles (Go Birds!) and Julie Ertz is a professional women’s soccer player, most notably of the US Women’s National Soccer Team. These two elite athletes met in college, married and both continue to play their respective sports while maintaining a solid marriage. They may not always be together, but they still love and care for each other. (I love this video from when the Eagle made the Super Bowl in 2017.)
In Every Reason We Shouldn’t, Olivia and Jonah are star athletes on ice. Olivia is a figure skater and Jonah is a speed skater. While they train on the same surface, their worlds are very different. How can they make them work together so that both can succeed and be happy?
Every Reason We Shouldn’t isn’t just for sports fans, though. This book is sweet and full of humor that anyone can enjoy. I can’t wait to share this book with my kids! If you are looking for a fun, quick, feel good read, make sure you check out this book too!
Some people are born with talent and fly to the top. Others have to claw their way to the top, rung by rung.
Nothing like being #2 in a world of people who only look out for #1.