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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Michelle Burford. In this personal autobiography, Gabby tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published December 19th by Zondervan first published January 1st More Details Street Literature Book Award. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Grace, Gold, and Glory , please sign up.
Halee What do you mean? See all 4 questions about Grace, Gold, and Glory…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 26, Lauren Hopkins rated it it was ok. Oh boy It's hard to be objective as a gymnastics writer who worked closely with these athletes over the last quad and who was there for a lot of what's being written about here by someone who has clearly never seen a competition.
I went in with very low expectations, knowing that there was a push to get this book out before the holidays.
Its biggest problem is that it reads like a wikipedia entry, embellished by an overuse of "teen slang" it's like if a Chinese farmer in Oh boy Its biggest problem is that it reads like a wikipedia entry, embellished by an overuse of "teen slang" it's like if a Chinese farmer in BC is trying to talk like a year-old and IM abbreviations and peppered with little anecdotes that have nothing to do with the subject matter. But this is the least of its problems. You can tell what the author is quoting from Gabby and what she's trying to say on her own as Gabby Chow is quoted as calling the pit the "foam squishy pit" at one point.
I've heard Chow say many funny things but I'm betting that was never one of them. So there are lots of technicalities related to the sport itself that are annoying if you know even the least bit about the sport. Technicalities aside, the book just isn't well-written at all. It's like no one even tried to edit because the syntax is horrendous a direct quote: "A fractured wrist. An ill mother. A funnel cake in the bottom of the trash can.
Where could I go from there? Then it seems all of Gabby's career from was literally just lifted from Wikipedia with little factoids from existing articles thrown in, so if you followed the sport at all in the past year, you know all of it. The best thing about even the crappiest athlete autobiographies are the fun behind-the-scenes stories during the biggest tests and trials of their careers, but there's none of that here. It's like "first we went to American Cup and I technically won, then we went to Pac Rims and I made a vault mistake, and then we went to Classics and I didn't vault because of a preexisting injury, and then we went to Nationals where I almost won but fell on beam, and then we went to Trials where I won, and then we went to the Olympics and here are all of the scores we got in Team Finals, and here are all of the scores I got in AA.
Especially because I was at Classics, sitting about three feet from vault, where I saw Gabby crash multiple times while attempting her Amanar in public for the first time since the disaster at Pac Rims. She was billed to compete in the all around and after sitting at least six Amanars in podium training, she pulled out of vault and therefore the AA the night before the competition, which was a major "omg, what's going on, will Gabby's inconsistencies ruin her chances for the team!?!?
So why does the book just mention "I was injured so didn't compete vault at Classics" and not say anything else about it? There's just so much of this crap with one thing happened, yet another thing is being said in the book, so it would have been nice if the author had done even the least bit of research.
Yeah, yeah, time was tight, I get that. But really, these are events that occurred six months ago. It's not like you're delving into some rare manuscript archive and translating 15th century German. Watch a video on youtube. Read just a single article that mentions the event. Or maybe talk to the athlete you're channeling for the book you're writing? Because clearly the last 40 pages or so are nothing but Wikipedia and bullshit, which is sad, because Gabby's had a fascinating career and an incredible ride between Worlds and the Olympics, yet you get really none of that story in this book about her life.
Don't bother reading. View all 4 comments. I'm not your average gym fan; I don't watch gymnastics once every four years and as such, I didn't get to know Gabrielle Douglas when she won the AA gold not unexpectedly , but rather as a junior back in when she was known among gym fans short for fanatics as "Michelle Obama with a standing full". I also don't like memoirs, much less when written by 16 year-olds and not particularly academically inclined, if I may add.
Lastly, I don't believe in God. Well, I'm not above giving a bad review when I feel it's due, besides, not being the target audience for this book made me curious about reconsidering some of my viewpoints. I didn't. If anything it was worse than I had anticipated, not exactly a good sign when your expectations are set low, to begin with.
And then, more Bible verses. I get it: the audience loves the "rags to riches" narrative and the publishers desperately wanted to sell the "underdog who wins against all odds" story. But Gabby didn't have an outside chance of winning, she was one of the three undisputable favourites two if you count Jordyn Wieber out.
Her victory surprised no one. Speaking of which, I suspect the only reason she felt compelled to co-author this biography is that she's the all-around gold medalist, a title she won in one of the most closely contested finals in Olympic history and in dramatic fashion.
It's been 7 years and fans still argue about it because we're weird like that. She talks about the AA for about 2 pages and her bitter rival is mentioned exactly once. Did someone say priorities? Was it worth it? Was it a motivational, touching, heart-warming read?
To quote Gabby herself, "not even sorta. Why, you ask? It was badly written. And on a personal level, because I rooted for Komova. PS: Note to the publisher. You couldn't find a more flattering pose for the cover? Gabby would be hit hard by the execution panel for lack of amplitude and a proper ring position, both under today's as much as under the Code of Points. And while you're at it, edit the tape on her foot out. Bullet Review: Gabby Douglas is awesome; her "memoirs" read: juvenile summary of her life including some awkwardly candid opinions of her absent father not so much.
I'm sure young people teens or younger will enjoy this, but I found myself cringing at the language and bored stiff. A shame because Athlete Gabby is Gold. Mar 07, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: memoir , gymnastics.
I read the e-book on a whim one Friday night, despite not at all being in the target audience. While the tween-speak comes with the territory, I found the relaying of Gabby's rise to the top of the podium disappointing and even disturbing. Unfortunately, the book shies away from any details about the actual training and competitive experience involved in making it to the Olympics and instead focuses on Gabby's home life and personal struggles in managing the demands of elite gymnastics.
Gabby's I read the e-book on a whim one Friday night, despite not at all being in the target audience. Gabby's mother clearly shared some of the ghost-writing work, and in the end Gabby comes off as a lazy, unfocused child who did nothing while her mom toiled and toiled to pay for her training. It's tragic that the book echoes the media portrayal of Gabby as unfocused, because there is no way Gabby could have made it to the top - particularly in the American program - without an abundance of dedication.
Description of training could have helped to offset this portrayal, but we only see what happens outside the gym, again likely because her mother provided a majority of the source material. The book opens with a scene shortly before the Olympics when Gabby pondered quitting - not at all unusual for even the most motivated gymnasts during the pressure cooker of the Olympic year.
$PDF Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith Gabrielle Douglas
In her personal autobiography, Gabrielle shares a story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you In her personal autobiography, Gabrielle shares a story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar. Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. At the Summer Olympics, she made history, becoming the first US gymnast to take home a team and an individual gold medal in the same Olympics. Gabrielle began her training at age six, and became the Virginia State Champion only two years later. Under Chow's guidance, and with tremendous faith in God's plan for her, Gabrielle competed in the Olympic Trials and walked away with the only guaranteed spot on the team.
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By Gabrielle Douglas and Michelle Burford. The inspiring autobiography from Gabrielle Douglas—the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion—revealing her journey from the time she first entered a gym to her gold-medal-winning performances. In this personal autobiography, Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith , Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination. Walk with Gabby Douglas through her journey of faith and what her family overcame, from the time she first entered a gymnasium to her gold-medal-winning performances, demonstrating to readers ages 13 and up that they can reach their dreams when they let themselves soar. Open navigation menu. Close suggestions Search Search.
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In this personal autobiography, Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination. Walk with Gabby Douglas through her journey of faith and what her family overcame, from the time she first entered a gymnasium to her gold-medal-winning performances, demonstrating to readers ages 13 and up that they can reach their dreams when they let themselves soar. Gabrielle Douglas is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
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