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Publisher's Summary

An insightful memoir from a figure skating champion about her life as a bisexual professional athlete, perfect for listeners of Fierce by Aly Raisman and Forward by Abby Wambach.

Karina Manta has had a busy few years: Not only did she capture the hearts of many with her fan-favorite performance at the US Figure Skating Championships, she also became the first female figure skater on Team USA to come out as queer. Her Modern-Love essay "I Can't Hate My Body if I Love Hers" was published in The New York Times, and then she joined the circus - Cirque du Soleil's on-ice show, AXEL.

Karina's memoir covers these experiences and much more. Attending a high school with 4,000 students, you'd expect to know more than two openly gay students, but Karina didn't meet an out-lesbian until she was nearly 17 - let alone any other kind of queer woman. But this isn't just a story about her queerness. It's also a story about her struggle with body image in a sport that prizes delicate femininity. It's a story about panic attacks, and first crushes, and all the crushes that followed, and it's a story about growing up, feeling different than everybody around her, and then realizing that everyone else felt different, too.

©2021 Karina Manta (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Resolute and hopeful, this memoir swells with emotion. Raw, kind, and close to the heart." (Kirkus)

"Manta’s talent as a writer is obvious throughout. Particularly impressive is the gentleness and clarity with which the author approaches her younger self and past mistakes." (School Library Journal)

"Manta strives to reach readers who share her struggles. Her openness in admitting her flaws and her need for control and reassurance will endear her to readers who’ll find her relatability immensely appealing." (Booklist)

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