Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen, with no-fuss, no-commitment matchups and where the action on the job is steamier than any random hookup
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 coworkers dating. And second, they’re now competing for the same job opening in the fall.
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?
“If you want to get somewhere, you accept it. Successful people live their lives in a damn hurry.”
After seeing all the positive reviews for this one on my various feeds, I just had to try it out for myself. Now that I’m done reading it… I can see what all the fuss is about, but personally, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Fans of the new adult genre (and maybe even cheesy romantic films) will clearly enjoy this one more than I did, since I’m not a fan of either.
If there was one thing I appreciated about this book, it was the fact that both Mia and Ethan acted and talked the way people their age would. There are so many immature characters (and even characters who are too mature!) who we bookworms rant about, but these two had real and raw voices.
Boomerang could have been a real hit with me. Realistic-sounding main characters make it so much easier for me to relate to the characters, to laugh along with their jokes and to be frustrated and tired when they are. While I did find it very easy to chuckle whenever someone cracked a joke, it was hard for me to get into the characters’ minds, maybe because they were thinking too much about each other. Really, I should have counted how many times I wanted to duct tape these people’s mouths or fry their brains so that they’d stop thinking. It could also be due to the fact that, let’s face it, I’m a young teen, and this book is meant for new adults.
The characters were all pretty likable, actually. Mia was a very laid-back and down-to-earth heroine, which is pretty uncommon in the few NA novels I’ve read. I think she’d be a fun friend to have in real life, but since we got a look into her thoughts (of Ethan!), I was definitely rolling my eyes a lot. Ethan was, well, not an ass. He was competitive, but he was still nice and respectful to his competition.
See, the story revolved around these two and how they were competing for a position at Boomerang. They had a one-night stand on the night before the first day of their internships. Everything was definitely way too convenient for them, and how they suddenly realized they would be working at the same company… It was a bit bothersome. I wished there was at least some parts of the novel that wasn’t centered around just the romance.
Again, the main thing that got my eyes twitching was how often both characters thought about how gorgeous the other was and how attracted they were to each other. Too much monologues about each other! I got it the first few times, okay? No need to mention it every chapter.
I didn’t get the point of the story. What’s the lesson? The essence of the book? Is there even one? There probably is, but I personally can’t figure it out. This was basically a book about two almost-adults who pined for each other throughout the entire book, but not wanting to risk other things for their possible relationship. Very cliche, and definitely like a corny romantic movie.
Fans of the new adult age group will definitely be able to enjoy this one more than I did. If you’re looking for a book with depth, then this isn’t it. If you’re okay with a shallow but fun story, give this a shot!