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Play On

(Lewis Creek #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,027 ratings  ·  180 reviews
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything.

Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time,
Paperback, 258 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary (first published April 14th 2015)
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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
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Actual rating: 4.5

YA Sports Romances seem to just draw me in, despite not being a sporty person at all in real life, and I guess that’s the main reason I was looking forward to Play On. I can assure you that this book hits the subgenre right in the nail, with a dedicated baseball player hero finding himself absolutely smitten by the new girl in town. However, Play On is so much more than it appears to b
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

First of all, are you suffering from the awful Monday sucks syndrome? Let's take a look at the symptoms :
✘ You're morphed into a grumpy Grinch, and you scowl way too often
✘ You either don't answer right away when asked for doing something or you're doing it muttering to yourself that people are killjoy

If that's the case, I've got what you need : indeed this book, while not free of flaws, is for me the perfect medicine to kick this syndrome's ass.

Austin's head is full of shit. Full of cheese
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary, and NetGalley.)

“Depression’s like a thief,” she continues, closing the suitcase and zipping it up. “It weasels its way into your body. Sometimes it’s slow, and sometimes it just barges in like it owns the place. It robs you. Before you know what’s happened, coal is in the place of your heart. Your soul? Empty. Nothing and no one can bring you out of it. No one but you – and
Danielle (Love at First Page)
4.5-5 stars

I have so many great things to say about this book, I don't even know where to begin. It's one of those that just hit me right in the FEELS; the perfect book at the perfect time. One of this year's hidden gems, maybe? I absolutely fell in love with our main character, Braxton, and his small town that he's beginning to see in a brand new light at the last hour. This book is about life, about love, about baseball, about big and small things, about friends, family, and home. It's got lay
Marla Mei
This book is SURPRISINGLY GOOD. I ENDED UP LOVING IT MUCH MORE THAN I EXPECTED. And isn't it just the best kind of read?

I thought this would be a fluffy read but this book turned out to be so much more. Who would've thought that underneath that cutesy cover lies a story so deep and heartwarming that made me feel all the feelings?

Things I liked about Play On:

1.) Real and relatable characters
Austin has baseball, college, friends and family to think about. In short, he has a LIFE outside Marisa. Th
Austin Braxton is an all-star pitcher for his high school team in small town Lewis Creek. All he knows and loves is baseball.. Until new girl Marisa Marlowe is hired by Austin's mom in the family's flower shop. By accepting help from Marisa to tutor him in Chemistry, they end up having some chemistry of their own. Only Marisa is keeping a secret that will change their relationship. Will it be for better or for worse?

Don't judge this book by its cover of its blurb.. It might start out as a boy-me
Not rating this one because I worked on it in a professional capacity (as a copy editor), but I do want to say this: It is a really, really tricky thing to combine a light, fun sports romance with a topic as dark as severe depression, but that's why I think Play On goes beyond good and into the territory of "necessary." Because frankly, that's how it is - things can be light and fun and then bam, depression can hit without reason and without warning, and that's so, so well depicted here in a way ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll just be here...
In the corner...
All disgustingly happy and what not.

Play On, what have you done to me?

I hate baseball. I don't find Southern accents swoony. And I definitely don't like stories set in small towns.

Yet, I'm here smiling like an idiot thinking about how relatable Marisa is, how genuine Austin is, and how *lovable* everything about this story was.

She inhales deeply. "Depends," she finally says. "Will you try and get in my pants?"
"Irrelevant. You won't be wearing pants
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, nope
DNF at page 80.
I tried reallyyyy hard to read it but I don't like it at all. Everyone's just trying too hard and I really don't like the main character
Michelle Smith
Apr 11, 2014 marked it as i-wrote-this  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. I love this book. And I hope you guys love it, too! If you have any questions, ask away!
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating 3.5


Nice book. It had romance ( unfortunately insta-love/like... although not of the worst kind....bearable) , it had friendship and sports. Not bad at all, just.... would have liked it more had if the ratio of sports and friendship versus romance had been more in favor of the former two. I loved the baseball games (even if all my knowledge about the sport was acquired while watching anime), it felt like watching those sports movies like Remember the Titans (I know, I know it's about anoth
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
And Holly wins again. So much great stuff to say about this, but you'll have to wait until August :) Til then... just read it mmmkay? ...more
I really wish GR worked on implementing half stars instead of fucking up the font because this was a very, very solid 3.5 and I'm super excited about the next book. ...more
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Y'all, I have a new author to love. Her name is Michelle Smith and her latest, Play On, is everything I love about reading and everything I want in a book. This book was amazing and made of feels and it's destined to be one of those books I never forget and reread time and time again.

I can't deny that I was first drawn to this book by the cover. Which is kind of strange in itself because I'm not a baseball fan. Really. We used to go to lots of
Immediate reaction: This was so good!! I nearly cried at the end.

Originally posted on: Book Scents

You all know I love my sporty books. Play On has just earned a spot on my list of fave sporty books! It seriously had everything I love and want in a sporty book. Play On was like Friday Night Lights, baseball edition. It's not only about a game but also about family and love and friendship and everything that goes into those things.

Austin Braxton is all set to head off to USC on scholarship in the
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my thoughts or review.

I have been very in contemporary reads lately. Especially YA contemporary reads. So given the chance to read this book, which also includes a sports theme, I jumped on it.

One of the things I think I enjoyed the most about this book is it's told from the male point of view. There is just something about YA books to
This book saved a what would be a pretty bad day into a good day.

- it started out seeming like a fluffy read but it ended up touching on a very meaningful way on depression - specially liked the way it dealt with meds + psychotherapy; the hospitalization part really touched me, it's important to show that sometimes this is a necessary mesure and that we should not hide from it because of tabus or fear. It's never a issue book, but I did teared up at some points because there was some intense fe
Aras Redan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read it.

Read it now.

I'm not gonna lie, I had mediocre expectations for this book. I didn't expect to hate it, I bought it after all, but I expected it to be like a lot of other teen romances I've read.

Well this book isn't a teen romance.

I mean there's romance in it, but that's definitely not it was about to me. This book was about one Lewis Creek, one Austin Braxton and everyone around him. I didn't expect to cry reading this book AT ALL
This book isn't about a boy and a girl who fall in love.
Play On is a very southern romantic contemporary. Austin has all that southern charm. He was a very nice guy. You know sweet as pie with that small side of mischief. Marisa I liked. But she's not memorable as a romantic interest. What I'll remember from her is the way Smith dealt with her depression. Which I thought was done realistically. It showed the rough patches. But also Marisa had that you don't have to understand it but you do have to get it attitude with Austin. And I thought yea, it's ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Play on is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time.

I love small town stories. In Play On we get to see a whole town devoted to Baseball and the players. The better you are the quicker you can get out of town and play for the Majors.

We meet All Start Pitcher Austin Braxton. He eats, sleeps, and breaths baseball. He is in his senior year and guaranteed a college scholarship to play baseball but there is one thing standing in his way. His Chemistry class. He just can't get it an
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-15, sports
this was SO good!! I am a sucker for any book about a baseball player but add in a sweet southern twist and I'm hooked.

This book did a great job of dealing with tough subjects without being too heavy. I really liked the honest portrayal of trying to understand depression.

Highly, highly recommend!!
Jun 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at page 93. This wasn't very good. ...more
Daniella (Reading With Daniella)
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TW: Suicide, Depression, Grief

I’m always game for a sports romance, and this one was definitely a homerun.
(Hehe, you see what I did there?)

I really loved Austin’s narration! He was sweet, genuine, and also a little dorky and awkward. I loved how tongue-tied he got whenever he was around Marisa. I found it to be incredibly cute how nervous he was around her just because he liked her so much.

Her handshake slows. “Can I have
Katherine Locke
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THIS BLEW MY MIND WITH THE AWESOME. Seriously. Stop whatever you're doing, whatever you are reading, and go. get. this. book. THIS was amazing. This book is going to be one I'm shoving at people the way I shove Brooklyn, Burning because I think PLAY ON is important like that. It's heartwrenching, heartwarming, AUTHENTIC, genuine, and important.

Austin feels like a real teenage boy, the baseball parts are on point without ever being too much for a reader who isn't a fan or doesn't know the first
Kelly Hager
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, you guys, this book. This sweet, perfect, heartbreaking book.

I had heard people talk about it, but hadn't really heard details. Based on the cover, I was expecting a fluffy love story, the kind that will make me smile and go "Awwwwwwwwww" at least 37 times. I got that, but there's so much more to it than that.

Marisa suffers from depression, and it's a battle that she's almost lost a few times. Meanwhile, all Austin has is baseball. He's a great pitcher, and he knows it's his ticket out of h
Candice Montgomery
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's fitting that I would start this book after a session with my therapist and finish this book after a session with my therapist. There's not nearly enough books in the world that make me feel the way this one did. The romance was brilliant and heart-melty. The characters were true. The setting was alive and real. And the hard topics were beautifully executed from start to finish. I'm no fan of baseball, but I'm a football girl through-and-through, and we know the good sports novels when they ...more
Jaime Arkin
3.5 rounding to 4- full review to come!
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Austin Braxton just got added to my book boyfriend list!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley and Spencer Hill Press for the advanced reading copy of Play On by Michelle Smith.

This is a young adult sports romance about a small town boy named Austin who lives for baseball and falls for the new girl Marisa. Marisa is a smart and easily likeable character who helps Austin improve his grade in chemistry in order for him to continue playing baseball for his high school team.

What started out as an endearing
Rita Mariani
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"How'd we get lucky enough to find each other?" she asks.
"Because the universe can be a jerk, but i think it knows when people need something amazing."
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Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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