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Skid Out

(Heavy Influence #0.5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A novella prequel to the edgy Heavy Influence Trilogy about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published September 12th 2011
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-loves
A simple summer start to a roller-coaster love story...
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Skid Out (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #0.5) is the novella prequel to the Heavy Influence Trilogy & such a freakin' teaser!

"Jake stopped and stared at me with a crooked grin and my heart skipped. We were only inches apart and his blue eyes took my breath away. I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand. I swear I must have been drooling." - Alyssa

"When I watched Aly go back into her house while I hid at our ―secret entrance,‖ it really start
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars


The synopsis is for the Heavy Influence Trilogy as a whole so Skid Out, the prequel to this series, doesn’t cover all that the synopsis describes. But, this short novella does provide a great glimpse into what this series has to offer.

Jake is the hot older guy next door and Alyssa is the young, blossoming freshman. Jake is the front man for a rocking, up and coming band that is about to take off. H
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very unique cover. I love the guy's face being covered with the black colour and how we only get to see a part of the face. Very interesting and looks like a mysterious guy indeed!

4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!

I thoroughly enjoyed it! I always loved reading about guys in bands and girls falling for the guy, especially since their childhood friends. I've always wanted to experience that kind of love where you started to look at your childhood friend in a different way, more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Okay. So, we have the perfect mix here. Music, high school, California, hot guys -- (bad boys?) hot girls. (good girls?) What else could we ask for?
In this brilliant novella we get a taste of teens loving music; maybe even getting the big break in the music industry that they have been waiting for. And all the while could there be romance blooming? Right next door. Alyssa is such a young girl for Jake's older eyes. Yet that isn't stopping his mind from thinking about her or his eyes from wantin
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook

Okay. So, we have the perfect mix here. Music, high school, California, hot guys -- (bad boys?) hot girls. (good girls?) What else could we ask for?

In this brilliant novella we get a taste of teens loving music; maybe even getting the big break in the music industry that they have been waiting for. And all the while could there be romance blooming? Right next door. Alyssa is such a young girl for Jake's older eyes. Yet that isn't stopping his mind from thinking about her or his eyes from wantin
Gloria Green
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Thanks to Auntunm ( I just finished reading Skid Out. This novella is about Jake, a rising musician that takes notice of the girl next store who is no longer a 'little' girl. Alyssa remembers Jake from the days he spent hanging with her older brother. Now that she's fourteen he makes her giddy and she can't believe there was a time that he use spend the night at her house. So what happens now? I'm going to have a hard time waiting for th
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so. Jake and Alyssa's story is short, but a sweet one. It portraits love in a usual, but new way. It felt real. The characters, their emotions, the situations they were in.
And I think you should give it a chance because I'm sure this was only the beginning and the trilogy will be awesome.

4.5 stars
Alex is The Romance Fox
I am not a huge fan of YA books but I rather enjoyed this little novella which is the prequel to First Kiss, which I definitely will be this gives you a bit of a back-story on how Jake and Alysa started out.

Rock stars, music, first really looking forward to this series.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, chick-lit, own
I've been feeling like a teenager again (or as my father would say that I am the perpetual teenager and he does not mean it as a compliment) so I read this at a perfect time. This story of a senior who is a wannabe rock star and his next door neighbor, a freshmen, who discover their interest in one another really brought me back to high school. I think the author did a great job of conveying how teenagers behave and think. I plan to continue the series and this novella length prequel actually co ...more
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here:

Skid Out is a novella (it's around 46 pages) and it's a prequel to a novel soon to be released, First kiss. And obviously it ends when things really start to get interesting and I need to know how it goes on because… okay, wait, let's start again.

The main characters of the story are Jake and Alyssa. Jake is a senior, is in a band which has a good success and he's a quite interesting boy when it comes to looks (and that's why he attr
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First I would like to thank Annie Frohoff for emailing me a copy of Skid Out and the Mp3 that goes along with it. I listened to the song, "Transpose", before diving into the story of Jake and Alyssa and I found that it was a nice touch. So, thanks again for giving me the opportunity to read and review your book!

Skid Out is the prequel novella to the Heavy Influence Trilogy, and it is pretty radtastic! In this short novel, we are introduced to the two main characters: Jake and Alyssa. Jake is the
Amy Fournier
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really quick read that I enjoyed a lot. Jake is in a band that seems to be going places and it's the summer before his senior year of high school. This novella lets us get to know Jake a little and also his neighbor Alyssa. I really liked each of the characters and thought that it was a good set up to go into the first book in the Heavy Influence trilogy. We get music, a little bit of drama, and a first look at what I think is going to be a fantastic romance.

Jake is a singer in a band
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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As a prequel to the Heavy Influence trilogy, Skid Out did its part as a very tempting foretaste of an interesting and intoxicating story and another swoon-worthy literary crush to come.

The plot portrays a coming of age theme, which is inevitably linked to sexual maturity. The story was mostly about the coming of age of a 14 year old Alyssa, who has never thought of feeling a different surge of emotion towards the her next door neighb
Landy Jimenez
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Skid Out is just a taste of what is to come, and I just can't wait to read what is coming.
The 56 page novella is a quick view into how Jake and Alyssa's relationship starts. It might be a short novella, but I just couldn't stop reading once I started, which was right after I listened to the MP3 for Transpose, which I continued to listen a few more times while I was reading. It was an excellent touch to get you into the world of an up and coming band.

Ann Marie Frohoff describes so well the teenag
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
First I have to say Amy Del Rosso I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU for telling me about Skid Out. I had it in my kindle and have been meaning to read it but as everyone who blogs knows lord help us when we take on all the tours and all the review books you forget which ones you wanted to read. So when Amy told me she was doing the blog tour for the first book I was so excited I jumped at the chance to be a part of that tour.

In Skid Out which is the Novella for First Kiss we get to meet Jake and the band mem
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novella has only 56 pages--short but really good! I didn't know what to expect when I agreed to read it but I'm glad I did. I just knew that it would be a short read, but I never thought that I would enjoyed it so much.

The story gives us a glimpse of both Jake and Alyssa's life. What it was like for Jake to be the front man of a rising rock band as he'd come to realize that his feelings for his younger neighbor Alyssa is something he could no longer ignore. Then he began to make decisions t
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-on-kindle
Skid Out was like an appetizer before a three course meal. Just enough to whet the reader's interest in the forthcoming trilogy and leave you wanting more. Frohoff's edgy prequel introduces us to Alyssa and Jake. Jake is celebrating the summer before senior year and the success of his fast rising rock band. Alyssa, the girl next door is looking forward to starting high school in the fall and remembers Jake as the boy she grew up falling asleep next to as they'd watch TV late into the night. But ...more
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
When I sat down to read Skid Out and turned on the amazing song that came with it, I was hooked as soon as the first notes came through my speakers and I read the first line of the book. I was stuck into my seat till I read the very last word and was begging for more of the story.

This wonderful prequel pulls you into the story and amerces you in the life of a freshmen and a senior in High School and a blossoming love story. I can't wait to read the book as soon as it comes out. I need more of t
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jake is 17 and on the fast track to becoming a huge success in the music world. Alyssa is his 14 yr old next door neighbor; the younger sister to his once best friend. It has been years since they hung out but Jake is starting to see Alyssa in a different light. After spending one day together he realizes he has feelings for her and wants to know everything about her. A couple minutes is all it took for Alyssa to notice that Jake is more than just her older brother’s old best friend…and boy does ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Skid Out is a novella prequel to the Heavy Influence Trilogy by Ann Marie Frohoff. This was the perfect teaser to give the coming stories a little history. In Skid Out we are introduced to Jake Masters and Alyssa Montgomery.
There was just enough in this novella to pique my interest and looking forward to the first book in the Heavy Influence series.

The Heavy Influence series seems to be a rocker romance with lots of tension, strain on relationships, emotions and angst. The author did an excellen
i thought this was a great start to the series, had me on my toes and wanting more right away! i could not put it down for the life of me and that doesnt usually happen when i read. the music fit perfectly with the mood the book was trying to convey and the author did an amazing job at tapping into the minds of todays youth and of course, to band life. so looking forward to reading the next installments!
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-tbr-pile
This was a quick and pleasant read, at times cute, at times funny, and - for the most part- quite sexy. I really enjoyed the alterating points of view and thought they gave us a good insight into some of the situations (as well as both characters' thoughts). Nothing much happen in this novella, but for a prequel to a new series it was definitely satisfying! Looking forward to reading more from Ann Marie Frohoff! ...more
Autumn Review
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I got this book based on a recommendation from a friend and I'm SO happy I bought it! What a great start to a new series. I wasn't ready for the story to end and is now making me anxious for the first book! I'm so looking forward to the first book in the Trilogy, First Kiss, which is set to release this summer. If you like rock and romance, this is a great book for you. Please go check it out! ...more
Amber Hughes
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really looking forward to "First Kiss"! ...more
This Novella is a tease! Come on, I wanna read more of Alyssa and Jake. XD I can't wait for First Kiss! ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming....but wow I love it!!!
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I truly loved it! Amazing prequel!!!
Cant wait for The first book to come!!!
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Skid Out is the novella prequel to the heavy influence trilogy and introduces us to all the characters in the trilogy. It follows Jake and his band and the girl next door Alyssa ‘Aly’ who finally gets noticed by the guy next door. Only problem is that she 14 and not allowed to date until she is 16 and he’s 18 and about to hit the big time. His band is about to go on tour before school starts and they have been looking forward to it for months. So when he notices Aly, it threatens to wreck his ca ...more
Sarah (The Book Life)
Ann Marie was nice enough to send me a copy of "Skid Out", the prequel to her upcoming Heavy Influence Trilogy, and the accompanying mp3 "Transpose". The story is about 17 year old Jake and his upcoming tour with his band, so I thought it was really original that her stories are accompanied by original songs that have lyrics featured within the book.

The prequel is just 56 pages long, but it does an excellent job setting up the story to come. We are introduced to both Jake and his neighbor Alyssa
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I happened to be reading lots of rock/ music themed stories this summer, and when I saw this one come across my twitter timeline, I thought I would give it a try.

As an introduction to the characters in the upcoming books, I thought this short worked very well. I gave this 4 stars mostly because when I got to that last page on my kindle, I kept pressing "next page" for more! By the end, I was hooked on Jake and Alyssa, and I want to know what happens between them. While there isn't any "oh wow"
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Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast. She settled in Hollywood at 19 working in film and TV. Soon her itch to keep moving took over again, taking her to Hawaii for a time and then back to LA.

She’s now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles wit

Other books in the series

Heavy Influence (5 books)
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