Monday, August 19, 2013

Out of Play by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn

Out of Play by Nyraw Dawn and Jolene Perry

Bishop Riley has the type of life where he shows up in the "stars are just like us" column when he's grocery shopping. As the drummer for one of the most popular bands on the charts, he's partying as hard as he can to cover up for how uncomfortable the world of rock and roll actually makes him. Bishop hasn't had a lot of control of his vices in a long time and when they lead him over the edge one night, he's the only one surprised when his band and family give him an ultimatum to go to Alaska and clean himself up or else.

Bishop may be outraged that he's going to be spending time in small town Alaska, but Penny Jones is just as mad that people are convinced she needs to leave it when she graduates high school. Penny loves her town and she loves hanging out with her grandfather and working on the car they're fixing up. She loves playing hockey with the guys she's grown up with and she's not ready for any of that to change. If Bishop, who happens to be renting out the cabins her mom owns, can't see what's wonderful about this town, then it just might be her job to show him.

Bishop Riley would do well to set up a bit of a rock star support group with Adam Wilde from Where She Went (see our full review here). It's easy to look down on celeberity rock stars with problems. But both of these books look at the question of what are you supposed to do when you've got the talent to be huge, but you find out you'd be happier back practicing in your basement? How do you go backwards? How can you give up what millions of musicians are dying to achieve? Adam deals by lashing out, but Bishop's been hiding in plain view by using the party to forget. Alaska means he no longer has that option and his struggle is very easy to understand.

I especially liked meeting Penny Jones. She is rough and tumble, laughs a lot and forgives a lot as well. She's a big personality and she isn't ashamed of it. A lot of tom-boy narrators are ashamed that they aren't more girly-girls, but not Penny. She is who she is and she knows there are faults to that, but at the same time, she'd much rather hang out with the people who get her than the ones who don't. She's refreshing and it's no wonder that she's a shock to Bishop's system, because she is totally uninterested in impressing him.

If you're looking for a romance where the girl is just as strong and interesting as her love interest, you won't be disappointed here. Penny is not here to save Bishop, instead both of them are looking for ways to be the best and truest versions of themselves and that makes for a great basis to build a romance on.

If you like this, also check out:

Up and Coming: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Read This, Watch That: Ice Skating Edition

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler


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