Published by Entangled Teen on 06 August 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Place(s) Traveled to: Seldon, Alaska
Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry is one of those books that I think will appeal to readers of young adult and new adult alike. I say that this book can qualify as new adult because even though the two main characters are around 17, Penny is a high school senior trying to forge her own path and choices as she decides which college she wants to go to as opposed to where everyone else thinks she should go. And Bishop is a musical phenom who has graduated early and is the drummer in an up and coming band. He’s a young adult making adult choices and dealing with adult pressures and that’s part of why he ends up getting send to Seldon, Alaska as not all of the choices he makes are good ones.
What I like about Bishop is that he is dealing with an issue that affects so many, social anxiety and the pressures of having to be a public person have led him down a path of self medicating and drinking. He hides his anxiety from most everyone around him as there is a stigma attached to having any type of mental illness. He hates to admit it, and struggles with its effects, as he feels it will make him appear weak and generally that’s how the public views many mental disorders. Now he could also be a royal d!ck but what is a YA/NA/Adult book these days without its bad boy with a heart of gold character? Penny isn’t without her flaws either. She’s focused on someone she knows she can not have thinking she’s in love but really its her way to escape being hurt. She can be judgmental and often refuses to see all the shades of grey in a story. She’s quick to leap to conclusions and slow to listen to reason but underneath it all she is a nice person with a good heart. I didn’t like how Penny was a bit of a cliche in that she was this pretty girl that many guys wanted but she thought she was plain and no one would like her. *cue heavy sigh and eye roll*
Out of Play is a quick read and I loved the time that I spent within its pages. Its not without its predictability though and you know pretty quickly the event that leads to the pivotal scene of the book where the main characters need to make a choice. Its a book where I don’t always agree with how the main characters act but I can understand where they are coming from. Out of Play is also a dual POV story and I loved seeing events unfold from both Penny and Bishop’s view. I always feel that this method helps to great a deeper and more well-rounded story though at the same time it does lesson some of the potential surprise elements.
Out of Play was my first time reading either of these authors but I don’t think it will be my last. I thought that the book was well written and everything happened at a believable pace. I was sucked into this world and I hated to leave it. I liked this world and all of the characters and hope that we get to see companion novels with some of the people we meet in this book at some point in the future. But until then I will have to take a look at Nyrae Dawn’s and Jolene Perry’s backlist of titles and somehow find time to read more of their stories as they really do know how to tell a tale.