Why 'Out of Synch' Should Be 'In Synch' For Your Must-Read List This Year

Why 'Out of Synch' Should Be 'In Synch' For Your Must-Read List This Year

Great for young athletes and parents!
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There are many novels that feature sports as their main subject, but very few that feature synchronized swimming. While synchro is gaining popularity, it remains an unusual and uncommon sport, having only recently gained admittance to the Olympics in 1984. Warren Firschein is the author of one of the few books written that feature synchronized swimming. In his book, Out of Synch, Firschein’s narrative beautifully illustrates the agonies and ecstasies of the sport.

In Out of Synch, our young protagonist, Katie Phillips, teeters precariously on the edge while juggling her schoolwork, her budding relationship with Winston-a fabulous athlete in his own right, qualifying for the Florida Swimming Age Group Championships race, and finding the time to polish her synchronized swimming routines all at once.

Katie's dreams of competing nationally for synchronized swimming are all but crushed when her precarious balance starts to falter and her family pushes her to quit the synchro team. Katie is left to strive to achieve her dream of competing nationally for synchro without the support of her family, who fail to see synchro as a legitimate sport.

Unfortunately, as Firschein so eloquently illustrates, Katie's family's opinions are representative of a wide majority of spectators and many synchronized swimmers will be able to resonate with Katie's struggle to prove the athleticism and legitimacy of the sport.

This book is fast-paced and action-packed and will keep the reader hooked from the first page to the last. However, Firschein still makes time for the little details that show the beauty and complexity of synchronized swimming.

The novel is innovative in so many ways. Firschein presents many differing perspectives on synchronized swimming, making the book relatable to a wide audience. It features a strong, athletic female protagonist, a characteristic missing in the majority of the sports novel genre. I love that the book included a young boy on the synchro team as well. The general public believes that synchro is a sport for ‘women only,’ but this is not the case. Synchronized swimming is open to both men and women and I hope that male readers will be inspired by this book to try synchro.

Out of Synch will resonate with many audiences and I recommend it to young athletes, parents, and anyone looking to learn more about synchronized swimming. Firschein’s rich character development and hard-driving narrative shows the importance of goal-setting and pushing past obstacles to achieve your dreams. It gives the reader a good look inside the mind of a young athlete and will help parents understand the strength and commitment many young athletes have for their sports.

One can only hope that Warren Firschein will come back with a sequel because there are many synchro stories that have yet to be told!


Cover Image Credit: Warren Firschein

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!

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Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:


1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

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"Summer" by Calvin Harris

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2. For A Good Winter Vacation

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"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

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"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

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"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

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"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

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"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

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