Series: Boomerang #3
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 25 Aug 20145
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis 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.
Please remember this is the third book in the series and therefore, the review may contain spoilers for the previous books.
Skyler and Grey have been prominent peripheral characters within this series and I was over-joyed that not only did they get their own book but they were paired together. I am sure I am not the only person to read this series and imagine them together, they just seemed to fit despite Grey’s age. Both talented musicians and extremely empathetic to others needs, tending to be selfless even if outward appearances would suggest otherwise in Grey’s case.
Both have emotional issues stemming from their upbringing. Grey’s barriers stem from abandonment issues via his birth mother and living in a family of over-achievers. An emotional barrier formed at the tentative age of 5 is a sizeable and deep-rooted problem to overcome. The authors do an amazing job of showing happiness is a choice within the narrative; finding something to channel your energy into and receiving fulfilment and contentment as a reward. I really loved seeing Grey’s eyes open to becoming hopeful.
Whereas, Sky has taken on a care-taker role within her family, emotionally and financially. She is utterly selfless although it borders on martyrdom at times. Initially, she is the epitome of pessimism; worrying about anything and everything while creating negative scenarios within her imagination. No wonder she struggles emotionally not having had anyone to take care of her. Although Grey is younger than Sky by a few years, he provides the level of care and attention Sky desperately needs and deserves.
The theme of identity plays an important role within Bounce delving into how we view ourselves as opposed to how we feel others view us; these contradictions within our minds can play a large part in our actions and subsequent consequences, as clearly portrayed with Grey and Sky. Realising your own worth is one of the foundation steps of making your own road to happiness.
It was a joy to see the continuation of the other characters from the previous books and follow Beth’s burgeoning relationship alongside the fireworks caused by Grey and Sky. Although I have to say I did not understand Brookes at all and am wondering if he is going to get his own story?????
Garrett is an amazing minor character within Bounce, he adds sass to the story in an adorable camp fashion. He is sincere in his friendship with both Sky and Grey. undertaking the role of mentor and confidant with his idiosyncratic personality.
Body image issues make an ugly appearance within the narrative, as can be expected within the highly competitive and media focused world of acting. It was disturbing to discover fashion designers restrict the sizing of the clothes they manufacture aiding in the size zero culture promoted at presetn. Playing on people’s insecurities and requiring desperate measures in order to squeeze into the fashion/body image perception box that has been placed on women especially.
Although the romance is an integral part of Bounce for me it was the character development that really made the story. If you take anything away fro this remember HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE ♥