Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska. 

Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door.

Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.
After a slew of reading Middle Grade books in my Middle Grade Catch Up, I thought taking a breather with some New Adult would do me good. Maybe I’ve been getting spoiled on excellent MG, but I felt sadly underwhelmed by this book. I went back and forth between hating some aspects, meh-ing other parts and really liking others. Which was all kinds of confusing for me.

Let’s start with some of the things I didn’t care for. I feel like this is happening more and more lately that it’s not any one big glaring error, but more of a small laundry list of little things that irritated or irked me throughout the book. However, my biggest annoyance with this book was that it was sold to me as New Adult when it wasn’t. It seemed up like upper YA trying to jump on the NA bandwagon. Despite how you feel about NA, I expect a certain maturity in my New Adult characters, something a bit past the pettiness that can come with adolescence. I didn’t get that at all. Of course the fact that we had two brand new 18 year olds as the main characters didn't exactly help that.

Then there other minor things like both characters were a little whiny and emo at times, or they were a little overly corny and sometimes the behavior was just slightly inconsistent at times. I also had many instances where the plot or characters would go off in a certain direction after being on a good direction and I mentally groaned and went, ‘no, why why why are you doing that, book? Don’t do that, that’s annoying!’ You know what I mean, everyone’s experienced this. All of these things ranged from the hate to meh areas.

The things I liked. Penny’s deteriorating relationship with her best friend and presumed love interest, Mitch. It was resolved a little easily for my liking, but it called on some personal experiences in my life and the pain in the book felt very true to life. I also felt that Bishop’s addiction was pretty good. Not stellar, but I've read characters with addiction problems that were a lot worse.

Overall, on Goodreads, when it came down to the good old star system, I gave it a 3. Not great, but I don’t feel as though I wasted my time. Still, I really wish I had liked it more.

Similar recommendations: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally.

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