Review: Bounce by Noelle August

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Review: Bounce by Noelle AugustBounce Series: Boomerang #3
on August 25, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
three-half-stars

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.

It’s pretty rare to see a series go out on a high note, and I’m so glad that the Boomerang series is doing that. Of the three, Bounce is my favorite. Book two was definitely the low point, but it left with high hopes for Adam’s little brother’s book, hopes that were not dashed. Bounce is adorable fluff and actually does hit on issues of being a new adult, like employment and decision-making and stuff. So yeah, if you’ve been reading this series, do not skip Bounce.

Why the hell is it called Bounce though? I feel like I must be missing something obvious here, other than that it might be some sort of boomeranging term. Whatever. That’s so not important. *coughs*

Grey fits the bad boy image which new adult loves. In the opening scene, he and his band trashed Adam’s place. Of course, they all actually have hearts of gold, because duh. It totally works for me here in a way that it usually doesn’t though. Grey never really came across as a bad boy to me, so much as a guy with serious parent issues who’s acting out. Grey would rather not be loved because he made himself unlovable than to try and still not be loved. Basically, he’s a rich boy acting out, but it’s cuter on Grey because he didn’t grow up that way and, obnoxious party aside, he generally doesn’t act like that.

What I love about Grey is that he is sassy as hell. He’s got sort of an asshole sense of humor sometimes, and he can drive people up the wall, but he’s totally embraced that that’s how he is and always will be. I really like when characters embrace their personalities, flaws and all, and require that people love them as is. There’s a lot of bravery in that, and no I don’t relate at all shut up.

Anyway, Grey instacrushes on Skyler when they he has to fill in for auditions for Boomerang’s film remake of Emma. They have mega-chemistry after he read through with a bunch of duds. From this point, he’s really hoping for something to start up, but Sky’s not so sure, since he’s a bit younger than she is and a musician and he doesn’t have his shit together. She spends most of the book trying to decide between Brooks, the more logical choice, and Grey, the one her heart’s pulling for. This is, I think, a love triangle done fairly well, because Sky has her reasons to be hesitant about Grey given her father, and there’s no cheating involved. Sky feels a bit guilty about it, but she has every right to date both of them; she was never in a committed relationship with either. The only problem I had here was that the love triangle was dragged out much longer than seemed necessary. She could have decided against Brooks earlier and still needed time to decide on Grey.

Both Grey and Sky are trying to figure out what the fuck to do with their lives. Grey and Sky both want to be professional musicians, he in his rock band and Sky with her cellos (one classic and one electric). Obviously music is not an easy career to make it big in, so they’re both struggling for money. Sky takes up acting and lands the lead role over her friend Beth, who’s been acting for years. Throughout the book, she’s trying to decide if acting is actually a good career for her, even if she is good at it. I like that, though it’s a dream job, Rossi and Overweger considered that it might not be right for her. Since this is a dream fulfillment sort of book, they’re going to have an easier go of it than most because connections, but I was glad that some of the difficulties came up at all.

Also no shock that I loved that they were filming a modernized remake of Emma where Emma’s a matchmaker. Austen nerd out! It’s funny though because Bounce itself isn’t a retelling of Emma at all. Skyler’s no Emma and Grey’s no Knightley. They just threw it in as a nerdy tidbit. I do wish there’d been a bit more in there about how they modernized everything, but there isn’t too much detail about the move itself. Oh, also, love Garrett, Sky’s costar and that he’s not a love interest and his friendship with Grey so damn much.

Bounce was my favorite of the Boomerang series by far. It’s got some great family moments, some real new adultiness, and a cute ship. It was a fun read that I zipped through. I’m a bit sad to see this series end, but I’m glad it ended so delightfully.

Favorite Quote:

“Whatever happens, I’ve got you. More importantly, you’ve got you.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

 gif rocking cello

2 responses to “Review: Bounce by Noelle August”

  1. Hannah says:

    I’ve generally enjoyed this series – it’s one of the least problematic NA out there, IMO.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I agree. The second one had some issues, but none of them are issues of abusive guys or consent, so A+. I like the voices best in this one. 🙂

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