Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU FALL! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Sarah Henning to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
Published on May 31, 2022 by Poppy
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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Gymnast Caroline Kepler has three state balance beam titles, a new trick even most elites can’t do, and chronic, undeniable back pain. While she might never be an Olympian, she has dreams of leveling up to elite, making Nationals, and competing in college. But when one epic face-plant changes all that and Caroline’s back pain goes from chronic to career-ending, her dreams are shattered and her life is flipped upside down.
Enter Alex Zavala, a three-sport athlete who’s both incredibly cute and incredibly off-limits. He offers to give Caroline a crash course in all the sports she’s missed, and she has an offer for him in return: For every sport Alex teaches her, she’ll play matchmaker for him. Deal done, Caroline “dates” new sports with Alex for the rest of the summer, which is loads more fun than wallowing in despair. Just as Caroline starts to see herself as more than her past athletic successes, she picks up something she didn’t bargain for: a big fat crush on Alex. Turns out life was way easier when it was just layout-fulls and beam burns....
A contemporary young adult romance about moving on, finding your place, and recovering after life falls apart.
What would you do if you spent the day with Caroline and Alex? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Honestly, I’m going to the US Open this summer for the first time and I’d love for them to come with me and hang out. We could eat good food and watch all the players Alex could be playing in a couple of years.
If Caroline and Alex were to hang out with other fictional characters, who would they be and why?
This is a trick question! It’s All in How You Fall is a companion book to Throw Like a Girl, which means it’s in the same universe. The characters in IAIHYF go to the same school as Liv, Grey, and almost all the rest in TLAG. Caroline is the same age as Liv’s younger brother, Ryan, and Ryan plays a small role in IAIHYF. And Alex is the younger brother of Lily Jane, a cheerleader who is dating Liv’s center offensive lineman from TLAG, Topps. So they do hang out with other fictional characters because they live in the same Northland High universe.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
That’s a tough one! If I could just be a spectator and not subject to all the things going on within the plot? Probably the Hawthorne estate from The Inheritance Games. It seems like you could spend all day inside or on the grounds and never get to the end of it. That, and I love Xander Hawthorne with my whole heart.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
I don’t know that I’d want to time capsule the last few years! But if a time capsule incorporates everything right now, I’d probably put in things I use every day because they really represent this time period: my running shoes, my coffee maker, and a KN95 mask.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
At one point when I was working on this, I had the idea that Alex was going to know a lot about ornamental plants from his golf course job and show off that knowledge with Caroline in some way that would become awkward and flirty. I thought it would be perfect to include this specific kind of pink lily that blooms in late July/early August called a “Naked Lady.” Totally perfect for unassuming awkward banter, no? Anyway, they are pretty popular in the part of Kansas where this book takes place and I did a bunch of research on them in case I included it but it wasn’t to be.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from It’s All In How You Fall?
Let’s just say I got in a romantic moment tied to literal fireworks on the Fourth of July that was a ton of fun to write.
What do you think about It’s All in How You Fall? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!