Review: Boomerang

Review: BoomerangTitle: Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Genre/Age Group: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Won
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Rating: 4 Stars

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?(less)

my thoughts

Who says New Adult books are only about tortured twenty-somethings who use sex as a way to escape their issues? Noelle August (who is actually writer’s duo Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi) shows that there is much more to this genre than a lot of people (myself included) think there is. Admittedly, I have been wary of NA books in the past. The formula seemed to be exactly what I wrote in the first sentence of this review, and for me, that only works so many times before I get stuck in eye-roll mode. Like most NA books, Boomerang contains some mature themes than you would normally find in Young Adult stories. But unlike other NA books I have read, Boomerang is not just about sex. Or rather, sex is not described as something that would solve problems, but rather something that is just something people do and want to do. It’s a part of the characters’ lives but it’s not their entire lives. It’s natural.

Boomerang is about Mia Galliano, twenty-one year old aspiring film maker, and Ethan Vance, also twenty-one years old, but with a passion for soccer instead of films, who wake up after a one night stand they remember nothing about to find out they both start interning at one of the biggest media companies that very day. While they don’t remember much (or anything at all) of the previous night, they quickly realize they like each other a whole lot (and are very attracted to one another as well), but problem! They can’t be together without getting fired, and to add to the pressue, they are competing to get a job at the company in a few months. Uh oh. What I like most about Mia and Ethan is that their attraction felt completely natural to me. Often, romance in books feels forced to me – can’t have a book without some swoon, right? – but not in this book. Ethan and Mia are attracted to each other, but they also really care for each other.

Ethan and Mia were both realistically complex characters. Both have been hurt in the past, which is also something that usually comes with a NA novel, but it was written very well and didn’t define them completely. I am not often a fan of dual narrative in books, because so often, I can’t distinguish the two characters, but that was not the case here at all. Mia and Ethan were very different characters, both were equally well-written and loveable, with completely different lives. We learn a lot about their background, and it is obvious that there is more than just attraction. While the romance is the main factor in the book I love that we also learned about friends, family, and, of course, work. We learned about Mia and Ethan separately as well as together, and that is what ultimately made me love this book so much. I especially liked the moments with Mia’s family and I just love that family was important to them as they were trying to find their way.

Along with the (sexual) attraction comes my favorite aspect of this book: the humor. The entire book is written with a lightness, a great sense of humor that made me laugh out loud at multiple points. Especially the banter between the two main characters is amazing, because they are both sharp, witty and very smart. I also just love that sex is something that isn’t taken as seriously as it usually is. While I love it when characters take their time with having sex (my favorite example being My Life Next Door), I adore that Ethan and Mia are just enjoying themselves. Their constant flirting and banter were amazing and the entire book just made me so happy. Granted, I was a bit disappointed with the ending, simply because I was expecting something more (from the sex scene, from the work thing), but it was still just a great book. I loved Boomerang, and you should all read it if you’re looking for a happy, flirty, sexy but smart book.

memorable quotes

“So, that’s the image we’re unveiling for our investors? Sex organs whipping through the air?”

“I want to be able to ook at a person and say, ‘I want you.’ Or ‘I really like you so much.’ It’s like none of us – not me, not any of my friends, no one I know, will ever just put themselves out there and say, ‘I want to be with you.’ We’re all scared of giving up the power of being the person who cares less.”

“Mia,” [Nana] said to me the other day. “It all goes so fast, but you never feel different inside.” She’d put her hand on my heart and said, “We’re the same age. In here.”

“The minute you put my panties in the toaster oven, I knew you were the one.”

Judith is a 21 year old book blogger and reviewer, English student, part time magazine editor, compulsive book buyer, aspiring writer, proud book pusher, founder of Paper Riot and co-founder of the Recaptains. She is kind of addicted to Twitter. More?

6 Responses to “Review: Boomerang”

  1. I need to read this! First of all because it’s Veronica Rossi and second of all because I’ve been hearing such great things about it. am pretty wary about NA so when I read reviews like yours that say it’s not your typical NA and that there’s more to it than just damaged ppl having sex, I definitely want to read it. Great review! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  2. I’ve been meaning to give NA a chance and this one looks very promising!

  3. It is because of you that I gave this book a chance. I am a frequent reader of NA and it’s gotten to the point that if a book does not stand out in the genre I just can’t be bothered. I had left this book on my wishlist for a while and thought nothing more of it. Then I saw your tweets the other day and I had to own and read it, immediately. So thank you. It was one of the most fun books I’ve read in awhile and I really needed it.

  4. I love banter! This is one of the rare NA I’m interested in, because like you said: I’m really not waiting for a book only about sex, sex, sex (and boys with tormented pasts) Sharp, witty and smart characters are really my thing :D

  5. I’m not really a big fan of NA, I still prefer YA. Although, I read some NA books and yeah, I have to agree with the “tortured twenty-somethings who use sex as a way to escape their issues” phrase. Haha!

    But reading Boomerang gave me a totally different experience with the genre, and I am very happy that this is going to be a trilogy! :)

  6. Rachel says:

    I’m still relatively new to NA, and I’m loving it as a genre, especially when it breaks the typical NA-mold! I wasn’t immediately drawn to this book, but I’ve seen such good reviews that now, I’m seriously in need of this in my life!

    R x

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