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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Michael Sterling disappeared from his Maine town five years ago. Everyone assumed he was kidnapped. Everyone was wrong.

Now, at seventeen, he’s Sean Woodhouse. And he’s come “home,” to the last place he wants to be, to claim the small inheritance his grandparents promised him when he graduated high school, all so he can save Trip, the boy he developed an intense and compli
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Sky Pony
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C.G. Drews
HOLY WOW I MIGHT CRY. I'm not kidding: this book is so so stressful. It's also super character driven, the messy and angsty and heartfelt and bursting with emotions types of characters. And I knew from like page 2 that this book was going to be intense. Did I mention sTReSSfUL?? I literally had my heart in my mouth for ages omg. Although I admit that was good and bad. I am ALL for torturing readers (lmao this is what authors live for) but I found some of Sean's actions really really annoying to ...more
You know what I don't like? Plots based on half assed contrivances that are done away with by the half way mark. You know what else I don't like? Characters who create unnecessary drama because they refuse to actually talk to someone who can easily solve all their problems.

Guess what book has both of those things in spades?

Look, Boomerang is a book that I just know will make a lot of people happy in that "you will cry like this is a Pixar movie" kind of way, but that sort of storytelling can go
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, lgbt, arc
Intentionally, it takes a while to get your bearings in this book.

Michael disappeared 5 years ago and suddenly shows back up now going by the name Sean. We get bits and pieces of Sean’s story of what happened slowly. It takes a bit to piece together what happened. Everyone thinks Michael was kidnapped, but really he ran away to escape his addicted mother. He wanted to find somewhere he felt he was noticed and mattered.

He convinced an older couple a town over to keep him hidden. He changed his
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this beautiful, character driven story of finding oneself and the complex experiences of becoming an adult. I am broken and rekindled all at once. This book will definitely make my top 10 this year.

“You need to know,” he started, and I closed my eyes waiting for him to punch me or tell me that he never wanted to see me again. “Even when we’re old, like Maggie said … every time I look at you, I’m going to be thinking of doing that again.”

Sean is a character readers won't easily f
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are two types of multilayered stories: those who have to be unravelled in pretty much the same way one peels an onion, if not with growing irritation at least with alacrity at the pains required, since the entire peel sticks together and cannot easily be torn apart into neat pieces, and those who most resemble a Russian doll, or Matryoshka, in which every embedded layer mirrors the overlapping one while subverting and thematically deepening it, the whole being far richer and more beautiful ...more
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Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wilde’s always right, isn’t he?

Trust me when I say I will be reading this book over and over again. I was sent Boomerang by Helene Dunbar for a blog tour which is coming up soon and the synopsis alone had me itching to read this up and coming novel. Boomerang is out March 6th so make sure you preorder it!

I loved how fast paced thi
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can’t tell you exactly where the idea for BOOMERANG came from. One day it didn't exist and the next I knew I wanted to tell the story of a boy who everyone assumed had been kidnapped, but who really hadn’t been. A boy who left a bad situation and ended up with something he thought was perfect. Until it wasn’t, because nothing really is.

The story was originally told in two points of view until I realized that Sean’s story wasn’t the story of the friends and family he’d abruptly left and then ju
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Was expecting more of a "when jeff came home" vibe but it was very different. still a good book. very complicated but had a nice hea so i am content with it ...more
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, contemporary
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Boomerang is a bit of a different animal in that this isn't a romance so much as a collection of people with very messy lives coming to terms with their life choices and the mistakes they've made. There are absolutely no black and white characters; each acts according to their desires and situations, for better or worse. The crux of the story is main character Sean returning to the life he ran away from when younger -
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her intricately plotted Boomerang, Helene Dunbar explores themes of identity, self-discovery and the meanings of family and home. Five years prior to the main action, Michael, a blonde boy disappears from his Maine town, leaving an alcoholic mother and a trust fund he could not access. He returns as Sean, a dark-haired boy with equally dark secrets, as well as a mission. Who is and who was Michael? How was Sean formed? And whom does this main character carry in his heart? Every page begs to b ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of BOOMERANG, and it's everything I hoped it would be. Flawed, complicated characters are at the heart of this story, and everyone has their own secrets. Michael/Sean's return to the town he ran away from five years before brings more than the anticipated homecoming celebrations, and his feelings for Trip are more complicated than even he realizes.

LGBT+ rep is well done. Michael/Sean is likely bi, and his feelings and attractions are complex and compelling.
Carly Lyn
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll edit with something coherent soon. But........ Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip Sean & Trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finished in 1 sitting. What a page-turner. Lots of feels. ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book and it was really interesting at every page.
Morgan McFadden
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Pretty good, action starts later and harder to get into in the beginning.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(I'm an amateur book reviewer sorry) This book was one of the best books I've read all year. I am so happy I picked it up at the library. If you really appreciate character driven stories please read this. Sean had this depth of character that made him seem real. Everyone in the book was. I loved this please read it. ...more
Tyler Hixson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was really good, you guys.

Full review to follow.
Chiara Ferrari
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chiara-ferrari
I've read all of her books and can surely say that Helene Dunbar is my favourite YA author. This story, so beautiful and complicated, was hard to put down. This is such a special book, with flawed yet compelling characters who struggle toward an ending that was absolutely perfect for the story. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was without a doubt one of the most frustrating books I've ever read. Not because it was bad. It wasn't. But because of the main character aka our first person narrator.

As a reader, I naturally try to sympathize with the character that's telling me the story. I'm actively looking for reasons to like them or relate to them. I want to root for them and their happiness.

But Sean?

Sean was flat-out unlikeable. I actually found myself talking to him out loud. Things like: "What are you doing?" and
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Though none of Dunbar's other works will ever surpass my love of These Gentle Wounds (which still ranks among my all-time favorite YA), I do enjoy getting lost in her stories and characters. This one is told part in the present and part in the past (something that seems really popular in contemporary YA these days), but it's done in a way that doesn't make the jumps too hard to follow.

There's typical teen angst along with some pretty heavy topics: our narrator ran away from home thanks in part
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
Morose, withdrawn, almost inarticulate except when he’s quoting others, Sean Woodhouse (née Michael Sterling) is a difficult character to grasp. He’s hiding secrets and desperate to acquire money to save his friend Trip from his murderous, abusive uncle Leon.

Sean’s attempts to help others are foiled at every turn. With his building frustration, you expect an explosion of violence or fury that never quite manifests itself. Instead, you have to witness Sean’s painful efforts to fit into a life and
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

In Boomerang by Helene Dunbar, a runaway teenager returns home in order to collect an inheritance to save his best friend.

Five years earlier, twelve year old Michael Sterling felt like he had choice but to run away from home. His alcoholic mother is neglectful and makes her living dancing in a strip club. He stows away in a builder's truck then reinvents himself as Sean Woodhouse. For the next five years, he lives in seclusion with the Woodhouses where he is homeschooled and befriends
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Liza Street
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Simply a gorgeous book, and I don't even know where to start to explain how much I love it. The characters are flawed and real in ways that alternately make me want to give them giant hugs and then a smack on the head, but the entire time I was cheering them on, hoping that they would, eventually, find their way and make the right choices. The way the main character, Sean, narrates his world is so, so good. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Christopher Tower
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. The drama is the kind of pure angst and torment that defined our teen years. I give it my highest recommendation!! More to come here with a full review here and at ...more
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-books
A heartwrenching story full of lots of twists and turns. I was always wondering what directions the story were going to go in and I was kept on the edge of my seat by all the different secrets hidden throughout.
Curtis Davenport
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok but didn't really hold my intrest. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gay
A painful read; one of the two MCs, Sean/Michael, is an egotistical, cheating, ungreateful a--h*le.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let's just say that if I lost this book and it didn't return to me, I would not go looking for it. ...more
3.5/5 stars
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
loved the writing, but sean was the only character that sounded like an actual person and not a cardboard cutout so 😬
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Called the "queen of heartbreaking prose" by Paste Magazine, Helene Dunbar is the author of WE ARE LOST AND FOUND (Sourcebooks, September 2019), which has been optioned for film by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's production company, Ill Kippers, and PRELUDE FOR LOST SOULS (August, 2020) as well as BOOMERANG, THESE GENTLE WOUNDS, and WHAT REMAINS. Over the years, she's worked as a drama critic, journalist, ...more

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