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Every Reason We Shouldn’t - Sarah Fujimura

Every Reason We Shouldn’t is a YA ice-skating romance. Fifteen-year-old Olivia is a Japanese American figure skating champion. Or she was, before she blew a big performance last year and washed out of her Olympic dreams. Now she’s adjusting to life as a “normal” teen. She’s back in public school and working at her parents’ ice skating rink, teaching six-year-olds how to skate.  

Then Jonah Choi shows up, buying private ice time every day to practice his speed skating. Jonah and Olivia immediately hit it off. They share the intense and isolating experiences of child professional athletes and they develop a playful rivalry that pushes them both to train harder.  

This was a cute story. It’s a light romance, aimed at younger teens, and the love story is intertwined with Olivia’s struggle with whether she should return to professional skating. The narrative also touches on some tough topics, like the pressure to succeed that child athletes often experience, as well as the difficulty of deal…
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