Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)
Title: Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: July 8, 2014

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?

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.


I started reading NA novels back when I was a senior in college and fell in love with it. Here it is, books with main characters my age, living the college life. That continued until after graduation, while I was taking a break from things. But once I got a job and was now officially a part of the workforce, I wanted, no, NEEDED new adult books that deals with the "WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS AFTER COLLEGE?" question. And I realized that while NA prides itself in being an age category post-high school and also include post-college, new adult novels featuring the working class were far in between. By now, truth be told, I've been laying off NA for a bit, probably because I feel like I've read everything it has to offer by now. But then I read Boomerang and I'm glad to be back on the NA grind.


Boomerang felt so fresh to me because POST-COLLEGE WOES! Seriously. Here we have, two dazzling fresh graduates vying for an internship position at Boomerang, a company behind the dating app of the same name, and quite eventually, a job. But here's where things go awkward -- as they slept the night before their first day -- and awry -- because there's a no-dating policy. Yikes. Obviously they're attracted to each other but both have the internship as their first priority. Right? Riiiiiiight.


Boomerang was so fun to read because of Mia and Ethan's flirty banter. I just love how confident they both were and how they try so hard to deny their attraction and focus on the prize but they just can't keep their eyes and their hands off each other. Mwahaha! Isn't it sooooo good when the characters just want to jump on each other but they CANNOT? Gah, I love unresolved sexual tension so much. But what's better than unresolved sexual tension? Resolved sexual tension because YES, we do get it. *wink wink*

Another reason why this book was such a blast is the alternating perspectives of Mia and Ethan. I made a mental fistpump to the air when I saw this fact and it was especially interesting how each chapter had a question, personal questions you fill up when you sign up for the dating app. It teases the reader what they'd get from the chapter and I always adored those kind of things.

Moreover, hail Noelle August for angst-free characters! And novel, in general. Sure, Mia wants to prove herself (that she's really talented and different from her artistic mom) but she doesn't have family problems, aside from her Nana's deteriorating memory. Ethan has a bit more angst in his past, having come off a relationship with someone who cheated on him, and his absolute need for money. But still, I am rejoicing in the lack of the ~I'm broken, you can fix me~ trope that plagues new adult and made me quit it for a while. So yes, even if you're like me who's tired of NA and how it's all about being broken, you won't feel that here.

But really, Mia and Ethan are so great together. You can really feel the sparks and the connection between them and you just root for them and want them to be together. Against all odds. Against everything. There have been some misunderstandings along the way but they were swiftly and easily fixed with a little communication on both parts.

The rest of the cast were so damn entertaining as well. The whole Boomerang office teemed with such interesting personalities: the ice queen Cookie, the fabulous Paolo, everyone. I felt like I, myself, want to work at Boomerang. It was a conducive and healthy work environment, where everyone did their best and challenged themselves.

My gripe about college-centered NA novels before were the lack of actual studying in them. I mean, HELLO, I certainly don't believe you're getting all those As just by partying and romancing. Which made me so gleeful about how Boomerang balanced everything out - the office dynamics, family, friends, romance. Mia and Ethan felt like real people dealing with a lot of things at once and finding time to fit it all in their schedule. We see Mia bonding with her friends and Ethan coaching soccer to nine-year-olds. Oh yes, I love me a guy who is good at kids. Just, Mia and Ethan had holistic social lives and believable ones at that too. I appreciate that so much.

Maybe the only thing I didn't love as much is the very neat ending. I mean, I love happy endings as much as the other non-cynical person, but it was quite too wrapped up with a pretty bow to me. It was a bit cheesy, I admit, but it was sweet. Aside from that minor reservation that shouldn't even be considered a reservation, I have no qualms about Boomerang.

Boomerang was a fun, flirty, and lighthearted romance that will surely sweep you off your feet and make you swoon. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves romance!

About Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?


Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.


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2 comments:

  1. Fantastic review! I'm really iffy on NA, mostly because I've read a few were it's like ALL SEX AND COLLEGE and I've always thought the post-college and life of a new adult wasn't really addressed all that much. I mean, there's got to be more than hooking up in college, right??

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this one; I've seen mostly positive reviews for it actually. I guess that means I should give it a try whenever I'm in the mood for NA :P

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    1. Yes, Kayla! Give it a try! This one isn't just all about the sex and if you've been burned by NA like me, this is a nice way to get back to reading it. Thank you for dropping by!

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