Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Review: Boomerang by Noelle August
Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up
Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.
Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.
What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.
As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?
Let me just start at the beginning by saying I absolutely LOVED this book! While I've not read an abundant amount of New Adult titles to be called an expert, I have read many many contemporaries and can honestly say this one is now in my top five. It's one of those books that is perfect for mature teens and college aged readers who can relate to the characters experiences most but anyone can read (unless you're under seventeen which I suggest you be careful with this one). And, for those who don't know, Noelle August is a pseudonym for authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger so if that doesn't make you want to read it alone, the story itself sure will!
The chemistry in this book though. Man, was it good. From the first chapter, I felt an instant connection between the Mia and Ethan like a cosmic pull. It might also have to do with my new book crush on Mia. But no matter what happens between the two of them, you can just see that they have to be together. Even though it's against the corporate rules. I loved how the authors played on the rivalry of both Mia and Ethan. The fact that they are not only fighting for one job, but they are fighting to keep their hands off each other so they aren't fired created a hilarious dynamic between them that made for many laugh out loud moments.
Which brings me to the setting/background. I seriously loved that they are interns at an online dating company in LA for a couple of reasons. First, interning is one thing most college age people will do in their life so perfect connecting point. Second, an online dating company where they can't date? Painfully funny. But who cares about the rules, really? Finally, Los Angeles is pretty nice. The authors also created characters that the reader will feel like they know. Honest and real, best friends, co-workers, even their parents are easy to love. I loved that the story was told in dual narration as well giving a deeper look into the lives of both Mia and Ethan and the issues they personally have going on outside of work. It was written in such a way that passed fluidly chapter-to-chapter which any abrupt stops.
While this book does talk sex and is relatively descriptive, I think the authors did a fantastic job of not being overly gratuitous with "doing the deed" and made it something that felt more private and sensual. You never even get the full story until almost the end of the book, another reason you must read on! I found it really refreshing to not be overwhelmed by descriptive sex scenes that border on fantasy. Sometimes it's nice to tiptoe around the nitty gritty of sex and be just descriptive enough to cause readers to fan themselves without having a full on heat stroke.
Full of angst, wit, hardship, and ultimately love, Boomerang is a wonderful and perfect launch into what will be a groundbreaking trilogy for the New Adult genre. Fans of Devil Wears Prada and contemporary readers alike will devour it! Now, I must beg or bribe for the next book, Rebound.
Labels: young adult