Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Posted December 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment

Book Review: Bounce by Noelle AugustBounce by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Published by William Morrow on August 25th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

3 Stars

Ever since Boomerang first came out, I thought I’d found a new NA romance writing duo that would suck me into the genre. Sadly, by Bounce I can officially say that it’s not quite the case. I enjoyed Bounce, sure, but it’s more or less like every other new adult title out there. Nothing special.

I was super excited about Bounce when it was announced – we’d seen flashes of Grey in Rebound and he was the super fun, wild little brother to Adam. And he just joined a BAND. HELL FREAKING YEAH. I love stories about actors and/or musicians – the behind-the-scenes kind of stuff really makes me happy. And the start of the book, in that sense, was STRONG. Grey is forced to help Adam run auditions for their movie – and that’s how he meets Skyler. She auditions, and it goes so well that they carry on with the scene until… the KISS. And obviously, this is a kiss with so much spark behind it that the two are instantly aware of each other.

But after that exciting, bounce-worthy beginning, the story more or less falls to the new adult clichés. Both Grey and Skyler have heavy pasts with certain familial issues that they’re avoiding. Grey did *something* to his stepmother which led to him moving in with Adam, and now he’s basically running away any time he hears her name. (It ends up being a total non-issue, because the stepmother keeps trying to reconnect with him, and he was in the wrong. Like… seriously, why are you even running when you feel guilty but she’s not angry?) Skyler’s parents are basically good for nothing: her father is in a band and he frequently ups and leaves her mother to go on tour – no communication, no money to pay bills. Her mother can’t provide for herself at all, and she calls Skyler all the time to complain until Skyler pays her bills. Yeah, that’s not really an ideal situation, but Skyler did get some respect from me for not completely giving up on them – though she should have reality checked them much sooner than she did.

The two both grow up a bit through the story – certainly also by meeting each other… but it’s just so typical. And the problem is that the drama that they’re respectively going through weren’t things that I could relate to. They were such abstractions and the solutions were so simple that I hardly felt really sucked into the story.

The romance is what kept me going, because I’ve been desperate to read romance lately. And Grey and Skyler definitely have their fair share of cute moments. They connect as musicians and artists, and they have a tiny bit of banter between them that made me pretty happy. But there’s also a love triangle in there that superbly frustrates things – Brooks, the director of the film Skyler’s starring in, keeps hitting on her. This leads to jealousy stuff from Grey and confusion from Skyler. Shouldn’t she fall for the more mature older guy who has his shit together as opposed to the young guy who accumulated a massive debt by partying and breaking his brother’s house down? Um, well NO, because he’s your fucking director. Jesus Christ, that this even seemed like a legitimate (and smart) option disgusts me.

But that’s neither here nor there, because Grey is the one with a POV, so you know which way the romance is gonna go. Incidentally, if you’re reading this particular title for some hot and sexy scenes, you’ll probably be disappointed – because there aren’t a lot of them. (Read: probably only two.) The romance is just so ~complicated~ that it takes forever for Grey and Skyler to get their shit together. At the end of the day, Grey is super sweet for her, and I’m happy with the ending, but boy did it take a while to get there.

Side note: there are some heavy anorexia triggers in this book and I’m not completely happy with how that was handled either.

Summing Up:

Bounce was good, passable, average, but not great. The beginning was really fun and exciting, and I liked seeing how Skyler and Grey connected behind-the-scenes of acting and performing. But at the end of the day there was too much drawn out familial drama and love triangle drama to really get me excited about this book. It fell to too many new adult pitfalls. It’s definitely entertaining enough if you’re in the mood for a nice dose of romance, but it’s not one to really write home about.

GIF it to me straight!

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One response to “Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

  1. Yikes. I looooved the idea of New Adult when it first became a thing, but it seems like all of them are the same. I’m always on the lookout for unique NA books, and it sucks that this will not be one. I also love books about musicians and actors, so that part is intriguing. I don’t think I’d buy this book for myself, but I’d probably still read it if I saw it in a library or something. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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