Play On (Lewis Creek Series #1)

Play On (Lewis Creek Series #1)

by Michelle Smith


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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, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek--he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the façade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything--maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939392596
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Lewis Creek Series , #1
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 505,413
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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. She now lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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Play On 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
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 I really haven't seen done before. These characters are warm and wonderful and memorable and flawed and loving and trying, and I really, really hope this book finds its readership because I think it's going to speak to a lot of teens and adults really, really hard.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I waited so long to read this, because I LOVED it. Even though the budding romance between Austin and Marisa takes center stage, there were so many great character relationships on display. The support Austin received from both his mother and his coach, not to mention the close-knit unit of his high school baseball team, was so wonderful and so quintessentially small town. It felt perfectly natural for all of these people close to Austin to have a stake in his success, and to want him to succeed so desperately even if it meant that he was going to have to leave Lewis Creek. Michelle Smith did a masterful job playing up Austin's pride in his history as well as the way that history burdens him, and weaving that narrative seamlessly into the brand new baseball season he's so excited about. As a fan I got a big kick out of the baseball scenes, but there's a good balance between Austin's senior season and the rest of the story if sports really aren't your thing. Admittedly though, my absolute favorite thing about PLAY ON was the love story between Austin and Marisa. Their relationship contains no manufactured drama, no immaturity or rudeness. They're sweet and respectful toward each other even when Marisa's depression threatens to come between them, which is so incredibly important. Characters with mental illness are too often viewed as weak or fragile or unstable, especially when those characters are women. Although Austin worries constantly about Marisa, he's also willing to go the extra mile to make her smile. He struggles to listen when she talks about what depression is like for her, but he never dismisses her feelings or shuts her down to protect himself. We need more open, honest discussion about mental illness in our fiction, and we absolutely need more stories where a character's mental illness doesn't just stem from trauma, which is part of what makes PLAY ON such a wonderful addition to the YA canon. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love love story and sports, this book is for you!!! SOOOO excited it will be a series!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Most people that know me know I have a deep love for watching basketball and football. What they may NOT know is that I also have a serious love for baseball. It's not a sport I can watch on TV, but it's one that will always remain close to my heart, having played softball for many years, as well as dating a baseball player in high school. Smith did such a great job of encompassing the love of the game in her novel and I was left completely overwhelmed by my myriad of emotions. Nostalgia definitely kicked in and I found myself hanging on to every word in this book, remembering a much simpler time where life was so full of exciting possibilities. I really loved Austin and Marisa's story. It's filled with so many beautiful, tender moments that made me swoon. However, it's not all rainbows and butterflies for these two. Smith touches on some very difficult topics and it was hard to watch our characters deal with those. I am so glad she didn't shy away from them as it made the storyline that much more realistic. Teens do not lead perfect lives and love isn't effortless. It takes sacrifice and understanding and I am so glad we saw that. I felt their relationship progressed really well and I was in full swoon mode when we got to their first kiss. It was just so perfect and fit their story so well. Austin was a great character. For being the star pitcher for his baseball team, he doesn't act like an entitled jerk. He's cocky, sure, but he's really sweet too. I love his camaraderie with his teammates and that his team is an extension of his family. His relationship with his best friend Jay warmed my heart and I love how supportive they are of each other. Jay is a great guy who is going through a battle of his own and it was nice to see Austin by his side every step of the way. Marisa completely takes Austin by surprise. He has sworn to keep his head in the game and not have any distractions during his senior year of ball. She starts working for Austin's mom in her flower shop, so Austin really didn't have a chance in not falling for her. She's funny, smart, beautiful, AND likes baseball. Their relationship progresses slowly though. Marisa has some things she's clearly dealing with and she just wants to be friends with Austin. Not even she can resist his charm though and finds herself falling for him just as he is her. This is a book that definitely left an impression on me and I thought Smith did a great job of tying in love, family, friendship, and baseball. The ending definitely had a few tears rolling down my face and it was so appropriate given the nature of this book. It was reflective and hopeful- ending one chapter in these teens' lives and starting another. Just get this one. Trust me.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
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 Pirates games when I was a kid. I always enjoyed myself, but somewhere along the line, I lost that love. I can still enjoy a good day at the park with friends, but my focus is always more on the beer and the conversation than it is the game. I'm a football girl. What can I say? But still, something about this blurb and cover drew me in. It sounded a little Friday Night Lights-esque and that's honestly what drew me to it. I'm so, so, so glad it did, too. Because this book made me so very happy.  This book stands out for a lot of reasons, but near the top for me is that it's solely from the male POV. I love getting inside a guy's head in a book, but it's pretty rare for me to come across a book that's only from his POV. I know they're out there, but they're not something I tend to gravitate towards. But my word, Austin Braxton is amazing. He's not the stereotypical athlete I'm accustomed to from most books. He's a gentleman. A mama's boy. Driven. He's unafraid to have feelings and express them. He cares about others. He's holding onto a lot of pain after his father's death and trying to come to terms with it. He's worried about his future. He's still human though. He's cocky, but not a jerk. He does some underage drinking. He's not as focused in class as he should be. He's sometimes distracted by girls... or, a girl, more specifically. THIS is the kind of guy I remember from high school. (Yeah yeah it's been awhile.) He was swoony, but still imperfect. I'll take that over the unrealistic guys I find in books more often than not.  I also loved Marisa. She's the type of girl I would've been friends with in school... and still would be to this day. She was smart, funny, loved sports. She was also dealing with some pretty serious issues from the past – ones that are threatening her future in Lewis Creek. I wanted to hug her and find a way to help her. I wanted her and Austin together. I loved how things developed between them. It was natural and slow and realistic. Friends to more is a trope I've always loved and that's exactly what I got from Play On.  This book broke my heart. It put it back together. I'm an emotional reader, so reading it in public was ill-advised. It's been a long time since I was as lost in the setting for a book as I was while reading Play On. I felt like I was in this small town in Texas. The magic of the baseball field came through on the pages. It made me nostalgic. I wasn't just reading it. It felt like I was living it. My emotions were in a tizzy throughout this book. One minute I was laughing, the next I was getting teary-eyed over an emotional scene. Austin's narration was so honest, so raw, it made me feel everything he was feeling. This is the type of book you just get totally lost in. And then when it's over? You have absolutely no idea what to do with yourself.  Play On is my favorite YA of 2015 so far. I have a feeling it will end the year very near the top of the list, too.