Bounce: A Boomerang Novel

Bounce: A Boomerang Novel

by Noelle August


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ISBN-13: 9780062331106
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: A Boomerang Novel Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Noelle August is a pseudonym for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Veronica Rossi is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Lorin Oberweger is an award-winning writer. Together, they create a strong voice with a fun, smart wit.

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Bounce: A Boomerang Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars – Rounded For me, New Adult stories are often a minefield for issues: immaturity, mean girl syndrome, lust masquerading as love, repetitive mistakes with no learning: each is frustrating even as it creates a train wreck moment. And while some of the moments did dance in these clichés, fortunately this author duo managed to deftly steer away from overburdening characters or plot with repetition and done-to-death drama. Since I hadn’t read the earlier books in the series, I did have a bit of ‘catch up’ to place who went where, as friendships are established and references are made to earlier events. But, those soon shook out, and Noelle August brought in some lovely moments that had me reading straight through. Grey’s story, in his point of view, is quite heartwrenching. He’s working to prove himself, although young, and is bound to make mistakes. His feelings for Skyler are out front and open, if a bit ‘insta-lovey’ to start, but there’s a solidity behind him and a poignancy in his honesty. Skyler, on the other hand, is aware of the chemistry, but far too willing to deny and ignore, and push Grey away. It’s never quite clear as to her real reasons, but her bouncing back and forth had me believing her irredeemable. That, fortunately is not true, as we also see the friendship between Skyler, Mia and Beth: supportive, honest, and so far from frenemies as to be the hallmark to which all female relationships should aspire to. Even when they aren’t completely sure of the words to use – the support is evident. Now, the main relationship and romance fell short for me. Skyler and Grey are so push-pull, and so briefly interacting before becoming a sort of side-note to friendships (both Skyler’s and Grey’s) and their very well-crafted interactions and emotions that those engendered. As a romance, I really didn’ t feel the love from Skyler: a bit of a changeling she was, never quite certain what she wanted and then just going for it. That combined with limited time together left me thinking this was more a story of friendship with some dating, rather than a romance. Not a bad read, however, and I will be checking out the earlier books in this series. I received an eArc copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss as part of the Avon Addicts program. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cameo0 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book--from the moment Grey starts finding out there are consequences for his actions, he's stuck with growing up, and I cheered him on all the way through the book. The ending was a really perfect moment for me. A fun romp that also dealt the characters some hard choices and pulled me into the novel. I received an ARC to read.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Hypnotic, Charming, and utterly Breathtaking! As my first New Adult Novel; I have to say, this genre is going to be fantastic fun to explore! I had to add it as a favorite genre. I cried, I laughed, and I connected! A deep connection! I was reminded of my first loves, friendships…first roommates, meetings, dates, breakups. The tears and the joy…the confusion…the epic love. I bet you will find some parts of this story to ring true for you. ”Bounce” grabbed hold of my heart and would not let go, until the very last sentence. Only then, I wanted to read more, so I flipped the page and it is blank!! I was so saddened. But; as they say, all good things must come to an end. Right? (Still trying to convince With a truly clever writing style, “Bounce” not only delivers a wonderful story of friendship, passion, love and devotion, but the words used throughout the story are a true lyrical dance, super poetic. If you read my reviews, you know that this makes a book extra special to me. I adore quick witted writing. I love a weaver of words. I adore books that read this beautifully…Gracefully…making you truly “feel” the story. I was so enraptured with this story, because my connection to each character grew stronger with each turn of the page. I absolutely adored each character in this book, especially the leads, Skylar and Grey. But, Grey… I fell in love with Grey, a 19 year-old musician that is trying to find his place in life. His place to call home, and where he fits in! Witnessing his emotional growth is mesmerizing. There was a point in the book, where he is talking with his Mother, and I just cried…a seriously hard, ugly cry! The type of cry that made me glad I was home alone. I had to grab a box of Kleenex, realizing, I would need them for the rest of the story. These authors were not done with me yet. They had a tight grip on me. These butterflies in my stomach were not going anywhere. Skylar and Grey are both musicians trying to make something of themselves. After their initial meeting, it appears that will be their only interaction. Truth is, there is a lot more to tell. So much more! Some books are meant to be read. Others are made to be felt. This is one of those books. Romantic! Stunningly Romantic! Take the time to get lost in this book. It was such a great ride. (Can this be a movie, please!)
Anna Rowan More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars "Music is where I belong. Music is my home. Music doesn’t ever leave, or give you up, or smack you around, or treat you like someone else’s dirty laundry. It doesn’t want you to be better than you are. It doesn’t make you feel forgotten, or unimportant, or ashamed. Music is all. It’s everything. Home." Bounce by Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, is the third book in The Boomerang Series. When I was given a chance to read and review the book I had no idea it was a part of a series, so I can assure you the story can be read as a standalone. Bounce is a very well-written steady-paced story that slowly uncovers the true personality of the characters and gives you a satisfying ending when you turn the last page of the book. It’s a lot of things: it's a love story, a self-discovery adventure, a "believe in yourself" inspirational read. So I feel like a lot of people will be able to connect with the characters here. We meet Skyler and Grey, two talented musicians who are still on their way of discovering themselves as a person and figuring out what they want from life. If that isn’t enough, they also develop attraction for each other almost immediately, which leaves them confused, in constant battle with what they think they want and what’s better for them. At first Grey seemed very shallow for a leading male, and whatever little I read made me want to close the book. I kept going though, and as the story revealed all the inner demons Grey welcomed into his head, I realized that he was anything but shallow. It was all about how much he let others see, how little he wanted everyone think of him. Throughout the book I kept getting the glimpses of a deeply hurt small child who couldn’t get over the pain caused years and years ago. Grey has trust issues; he doesn’t want anyone to get close (though he desperately wants that closeness with the important people in his life). He constantly makes himself believe that no one needs him, that his family doesn’t care about him, that they are unimportant. Grey does everything to protect himself from heartache that, in his head, will inevitably come when people leave – because everyone leaves. It’s painful to watch him go through self-torture, but at the end, he finally refuses to be a ticking time-bomb and takes control of his life and future. I really didn’t care for Sky very much. There wasn’t much of a character development for her in this book, and at times she seemed like a secondary story teller – maybe the book would be better off written from a single POV. I guess she does play an important role in Grey’s development, but again - it’s not a good enough reason to make her a narrator. Grey, on the other hand, turned from a sharp spiky instrument of torture to something very warm and soft that you wanted to cuddle on a couch with. Literally!  I do have mixed feelings about this book: I liked it and there were things that I didn’t. Overall, I had a good experience and will be checking out the first two books in the series when I have time. “I never thought anything that mattered was supposed to last.” “The things that last are the things that matter.”
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
After finishing Bounce, I have only one regret, and that is that I haven't read the first two companion books in the awesome Boomerang series. But I will be correcting that mistake. I love when New Adult is written this way. Grey and Skyler are an amazing couple. I also love that Skyler is older than Grey by three years. I can't give enough praise to author Noelle August for these two beautiful charters and the sweet and sexy storyline. Grey is definitely forced to grow up and get off the self-pity wagon. There's no doubt he has let himself believe he doesn't measure up to his business savvy father and older stepbrother, that he just doesn't fit in with the successful Blackwood family. All Grey knows is that he wants to sing. He wants to make music with his band. Grey also wants Skyler Canby. But for that to happen, Grey knows he needs to get his self together and show Skyler that just because he’s younger and a musician, doesn’t mean he's not responsible. Skyler has her own family problems. Skyler has been dying to get out of Kentucky, and now she has. And it's her chance to finally start her life away from her family. Skyler is just the opposite of Grey; she has always had to be the responsible one in her family, and the last thing she needs is to fall for a musician like her irresponsible father. No matter how sexy and gorgeous Grey Blackwood is, she needs to stay away from him. But, how will Skyler make her heart not fall in love with the beautiful musician, Grey Blackwood. Grey and Skyler are two opposites that attract. But, with Grey and Skyler's love story, that opposite is what the other one needs. I highly recommend Bounce as a must read.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to Grey's book ever since finishing his older brother Adam's in Rebound. I thought it would be my favorite of the series, as I couldn't wait to unlock what was going on in Grey's head and find out what happened between him and his stepmom. Sadly, this book ended up being my least favorite of all three. I LOVED Grey and I liked his storyline, but I had a real problem with the romance in this one. I am sad that I didn't love the romance more. I really liked where Sky and Grey were going in the beginning and then it just dissipated into love triangle drama and 'he's too young for me' melodrama. From their very first scorching hot kiss, it's evident Grey and Sky have chemistry. However, Sky gets hung up on Grey's age and his lack of stability in his life. It's not that I don't get where she's coming from, I do. I'd probably feel the same way. But, I would at least give the guy a chance before throwing him into the friend zone. She thinks she should be with someone like Brooks, Adam's friend and director of the movie they are making. He is her age, successful, and driven. I wouldn't have minded the Brooks storyline if it served a purpose. I don't feel it did. Being with Brooks doesn't trigger that 'Grey is the one for me, he is the one I need' mentality. Instead, I felt like it was used as filler and I didn't like how it made Sky treat Grey at all. She likes Brooks and we never hear or see her say otherwise. She doesn't explain that Brooks isn't the one to make her feel like Grey does, etc. It ultimately came down to her craving Grey and the freedom and strength he offered (his 'freedom' and lack of stability were what made her pull away in the first place!) I did like that Sky and Grey established a friendship first. I just didn't like that she had to seek an alternative in Brooks. They do have a few sexy scenes together so that helped make up for the hole I felt for the majority of the book of these two not being together. Now to play devil's advocate on my own thoughts. This is a new adult book, which typically signifies a coming of age, coming into your own story where the characters don't have it all together. Sky has some family issues of her own and I get why she shies away from Grey. Having an absentee musician father who has left her mother at home to deal with all the expenses of running a farm is not something she can just put out of her mind. I think deep down she is fearful of Grey because she doesn't want to follow in her mom's footsteps and be hurt by someone who makes all the promises in the world and then never follows through on them. She tries to seek that stability in Brooks and while I might not like that, I do understand it. She's trying to figure things out just as much as Grey is. Grey was such a good guy. Sure, he might not have it all together and may come across as reckless, but he has a deep love for music and wants to be successful there. Yes, he had some growing up to do and we get to see that, but he also had some deeply rooted issues to work through that would eventually propel him to that point. I loved seeing him start to figure everything out and work through what was holding him back. Upon finishing I was left feeling a bit unresolved on the Brooks-Skyler issue as well as whether or not she would pursue acting as a career or if she would go back to her music. The end is left a bit open on her future career.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Bounce by Noelle August Book Three of the Boomerang series Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Publication Date: August 25, 2015 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: This book was a disappointment. I thought this would be my favorite of the series, because I was so intrigued by Grey since we "met" him earlier in the series. I thought Boomerang was okay, not great. I liked Rebound. This book was supposed to be my favorite, but instead, it is my least favorite of the series. Grey is roped into working for his older brother Adam when he throws a party while Adam is away, and trashes his brother's house. Somehow, Grey ends up helping with the movie that Adam's company is filming. The male lead isn't available on audition day, so Grey fills in... which is how he and Skyler end up sharing a steamy kiss. Skyler is the newly cast lead of said film, and she can't stop thinking about the live sexual tension between her and Grey. Grey is on-set all time, acting as an assistant for the male lead of the film. With all that is going on in his personal life, does Grey need to be trying to get with the pretty girl who has the interest of the young director and Adam's friend, Brooks? Maybe not, but Grey and Skyler have off-the-charts chemistry, and the ball is in Skyler's court. What did I actually like about this book? The beginning started really well. Super strong, very engaging, I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. Grey and Skyler meet just before the audition, by chance, when both of them want to get some fresh air. Both of them are interested in each other at this point. Even better is when Grey has to step in for the male lead (Garrett, I believe his name is?), and Grey acts out a scene with each hopeful girl. He is bored and hates doing it, until Skyler's audition. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)