Review: Bounce by Noelle August + Blog Tour Giveaway

E-ARC: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Boomerang #3 (can be read as a standalone)
Synopsis
Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.



I read the first two books in this companion series--I enjoyed Boomerang (my review), but Rebound was just okay and didn't really keep my interest. I almost passed on Bounce, but the cover really drew me in and I'm glad I ended up picking it up.
I think Bounce has the best cover out of the three books. It's cute and the yellow dress adds a nice pop of bright color. I have lukewarm feelings towards this series as a whole, but the cover convinced me to pick up this novel. Overall, I enjoyed it but I did have issues with it.

The book started out strong. The scene when Skyler and Grey first met was great. I loved the next scene when Skyler auditioned and had to read with Grey and they ended up sharing a hot kiss. But then, once we get to the middle the story lost its momentum (this was a problem I had with Rebound too) and it got too busy. Then, when we get to the latter third it got good again.

I really like Grey's character. He's the younger brother of Adam, the hero in Rebound. It was hinted there that he had a falling out with his stepmom (Adam's mom), but he was portrayed as one of those aimless 19-year-olds with no true direction so he was just meh to me then. But, surprisingly, Grey ended up being one of my favorite character in Bounce. He had face his family and deal with his issues with them. He also had to make up for his screw-up by working for Adam on the set of the movie he was producing. Then, he had his music and his band was on the verge of being discovered. He had a lot going on, but I really enjoyed his chapters. He grew up a lot throughout the story and I enjoyed seeing his growth from an aimless young man in Rebound to someone who's headed in the right direction in life.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Skyler's character as much as I did Grey's. While Grey was heading in the right direction and taking responsibility, she was so indecisive and wishy washy. Since her absent, irresponsible father was a musician, she kept pushing Grey away because he's also a musician and could not be trusted just like her father. Urgh, seriously? Then, there was everything else going on with her: supporting her needy, being chosen to play the leading role in a movie and had to deal with some image issues and losing weight (which she did by dramatically reducing how much she ate and taking questionable pills), she felt guilty about getting chosen for the lead role which was supposed to be her best friend's big break, and then there's the love triangle between her, Grey and the director of the movie Brooks. That's a lot and her chapters felt very busy.

I thought the love triangle was completely unnecessary and it just added to Skyler's indecisiveness. It didn't add anything to move or contribute to the plot. After the really great scene between Skyler and Grey at the auditions when they kissed, Brooks (the movie's director and Adam's friend) kind of took over and they went on dates, rode on his motorcycle, he took her to San Francisco... With Brooks taking up half Skyler's time and with her doing the movie and Grey's band, there wasn't enough time for them to really develop their relationship. They had some really nice moments, but I didn't really feel as strong a connection between them as I did with Mia and Ethan in Boomerang, and even Ali and Adam in Rebound. I wasn't quite convinced of their strong feelings and that they were in love by the end of the story.

While I didn't love Bounce, I thought it was still an entertaining read. There was a lot going on so you're never bored. If you're thinking of picking up this series, I do recommend you start with Boomerang or at least on Rebound, so you'll have some background on Grey and his family already. All three books in the series can be read as a standalone, but the main characters kind of build on each other and previous characters become important secondary characters in the next book so it's more enjoyable if you read the series chronologically. You'll enjoy Bounce and the other two Boomerang books if you're more into the fluffier, lighter kind of new adult.

About the Author
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.


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1 comment

  1. I liked Boomerang but haven't read the rest of the series yet. Too bad this one didn't quite live up to expectations. I'm not sure I'd like it because of the "love triangle". Those are annoying but at least get better in YA trilogies because there is more time to establish a relationship but if it's just in one novel that is supposed to be a romance I think that is a bad choice.


    Nice review! I still plan to read Rebound but maybe I can just forget Bounce.

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