4.5 I loved it!! Lainey has all these plans for senior year but when her boyfriend, Jason, breaks up with her and ruins those plans, she'll do anythin4.5 I loved it!! Lainey has all these plans for senior year but when her boyfriend, Jason, breaks up with her and ruins those plans, she'll do anything to get him back. Stokes captured this mindset of a senior SO WELL. Wariness of change, figuring out who you are outside of a long term boyfriend. SO WELL DONE. Plus I really liked Lainey who could be judgey and somewhat shallow, BUT WHO DOESN'T HAVE THOSE MOMENTS???? She's a new favorite MC of mine, who is not "flawed", but just your regular human being. She screws up, says stupid things but she's a good person. With the whole "unlikeable" label and readers being so so so tough on female MCs, I'm glad that didn't hold Stokes back. I could cry.
And Micah Micah Micah Micah Micah Micah. Love. ...more
Pretty frakking excellent. I Should have HATED it, to be honest. It started with jocks are stupid and mean and even had a SCHOOL DANCE SCENE so yea4.5
Pretty frakking excellent. I Should have HATED it, to be honest. It started with jocks are stupid and mean and even had a SCHOOL DANCE SCENE so yeah this should not have been a "me" book it literally takes ALL cliches and turns them upside down. What a hidden gem. It was quirky. It was funny. It was candid about parts of high school, especially when all you look forward to is graduation and what happens when you actually start living instead of going through the motions. SOOOOO GOOD. I'm going to annoy everyone about it....more
I finally started and finished a book! and I LOVED IT! Actually, I loved Jaine and Sam. I could read about them for forever. New favorite couple? checI finally started and finished a book! and I LOVED IT! Actually, I loved Jaine and Sam. I could read about them for forever. New favorite couple? check....more
I really liked this one! I would have loved it if I read it in one sitting but I had a flight to catch and a wedding to go to so the constantly interrI really liked this one! I would have loved it if I read it in one sitting but I had a flight to catch and a wedding to go to so the constantly interrupted reading kind of ruined the experience for me, especially when I read the first two in one sitting. The ending here annoyed me because it waswrapeduplikethissuperfastinonego. The previous two books also had endings that were wrapped up quickly but it was ridiculous in here. The revelation of the murderer was too quick with no follow up and the last scene was a SUPER important romance scene and it was rushed and short and I'm soooooo annoyed at that....more
This was SO GOOOOOD. I picked it up twice and couldn't get past the first few pages of the prologue (I was just confused about who's who and the writiThis was SO GOOOOOD. I picked it up twice and couldn't get past the first few pages of the prologue (I was just confused about who's who and the writing scared me in the prologue). The third time, I forced myself to at least finish the first chapter and OH MY. It's so delightfully hilarious. I laughed out loud throughout the entire book.
Amy falls in love with Warren on first sight, and I mean that literally. So when she meets him again she declares to him that she wants him and that they will marry. Warren doesn't ever want to marry, plus there is the fact that Amy is 18 years younger and the niece of the man who despises him. So Amy spends the entire book wooing Warren and its just delightful....more
I wanted to say something cheesy like Boomerang came along and boomeranged itself onto my favorite shelf! ButReview also on my blog, The Book Barbies
I wanted to say something cheesy like Boomerang came along and boomeranged itself onto my favorite shelf! But since its a boomerang, wouldn't that mean it would fly right back to me? Anyways, you get the point! Boomerang is a surprise. I thought it would be fun to read but I didn't expect it to become a new favorite.
Mia wakes up in bed with Ethan and she doesn't remember his name or what they did. Post hook-up, they share a taxi to their jobs and lo and behold, they're starting the same internship which will end with one of them getting the job. What follows is a whole lot of laughs, attraction and competition!
Early on, Boomerang reminded me of Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James where the couple are in a big competition to be named partner at their law firm and Julie James is the queen of dialogue so there is a whole lot of witty repartee. Boomerang is familiar in that sense, especially with the sexual tension between Mia & Ethan. But what impressed me even some more is the growing friendship between Mia & Ethan. They're supposed to be against each other so they can beat the other for the permanent job position but that doesn't stop their attraction or their understanding of each other. Couples who understand each other and grow to be friends of sorts (think Annabel & Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen) is just one of my all time favorite things in romance. It's a beautiful thing to read about.
Boomerang is told from alternating (Mia & Ethan) first person POV, which if you don't know by now, IS MY FAVORITE. I loved Ethan who's a NICE GUY. He's nice and sweet and it just makes my heart happy to read about a positive relationship and a nice guy. Thank you, Noelle August! (Who's actually half Veronica Rossi and half Lorin Oberweger). Plus he plays and loves soccer, which makes him more than super awesome. I loved his passion for the sport and his kindness with the young boys he coached and how truly caring he was.
I'm screwed because of his thick, serious brows, his perfect angular nose, and his eyes like a lake in the rain. I'm screwed, most of all, because of his kindness, which radiates from every pore. His passion, when he lets himself talk about things he loves.
Pretty much, I just loved getting to know Mia and Ethan. Mia and her love for films and her famous artist mom and her Nana with Alzheimer's and her dad and how they make up a dysfunctional family. Ethan and his passion for soccer and teamwork and the kindness that does radiate from his every pore. Honestly, if I have a complaint about Boomerang, its that the book ended. I wanted it to go on and on. I wanted to delve deeper into the characters' lives and see them interact with their family and friends more. I want a Boomerang reality tv show.
In Boomerang, you have positive portrayals of family and friendship. Mia has an eccentric family and even crazier friends. Ethan has the standard working hard family and friends so it was nice to see the two sides. Here is a snippet from Mia about her two best friends Beth and Skyler (I would pretty much die for a Beth book and a Skylar book. I wanted to see more of them SOO bad.)
For the next hour, I watch my best friends: one of them onstage, transported, in love with what she's able to do, the other here with me, wearing an avid expression that tells me she's dreaming of her own turn in the spotlight. I want to thank them both for the awesome gift they give me every day. The gift of being kickass beautiful girls.
Can I get an amen for positive female portrayal and positive female friendship portrayal?! AMEN! Mia is comfortable with her body and sexuality and it is A-okay. I would love to see more girls like Mia. She might have ex-boyfriend problems but it never turned agnsty or something like The One (Ethan) Will Fix Me. Anothr round of applause for Noelle August.
Next in my fangirling check list: Boomerang perfected the balance between sweet and sexy. This is not easy. Sweet books are my favorite to read because they put a smile on my face but I also like steamy scenes! Nothing is more disappointing than reading a sweet yet intense romance build up that ends up G rated (this recently happened to me with Warprize and I wanted to CRY). On the other hand, the steamy books get annoying really fast. There is only so much talk of passion I can take before I start skimming (ok so I've been reading a lot of historical romance lately...). Boomerang got the balance just right. I laughed out loud and smiled way too many times to count. Then when it came down to the sexy scenes, they didn't disappoint! Boomerang pretty much hit ALL the right buttons.
Fun books don't get enough credit but there are so many things that Boomerang does RIGHT. The truly nice hero who respect the heroine and the positive portrayal of females is something I want to see more of in books. The characters are just real people and so layered, just like the whole book! So for a "fun" book, Boomerang just goes above and beyond. I've already pre-ordered Rebound, the next book in the series about a different couple. (Ok, I actually haven't pre-ordered it because that option isn't available yet but the sentiment is true).
For $2.99, Boomerang is holy-shit! steal. The book is set in the summertime, it's summer right now, it will make you laugh and swoon and finish the book with a huge smile on your face... so what are you waiting for?! This is a NA for YA fans, a NA for NA fans, and a NA for people who are looking for something fresher (meaning less angsty) from NA. Noelle August did something a lot of readers were asking for and it they did it excellently.
Recommended for people looking for: 1. a fun book 2. a summer read 3. a nice hero 4. Positive portrayals of females and their sexuality 5. NA that is not angsty
Rating: [A] It made me laugh and swoon and it had all my favorite things too!...more