Boomerang by Noelle August is the first book in a companion trilogy (a la Anna and the French Kiss) by Noelle August (who also write’s novels as Veronica Rossi) and it’s my first foray into New Adult (or rather, contemporary NA because A Court of Thorns and Roses is technically Fantasy NA). The story follows a girl named Mia and a guy named Ethan who have what they believe to be a one night stand until they figure out the next morning that they’re both starting new jobs as interns at a company called Boomerang. Oh, and they’ll be competing for one position that’ll be offered to the best intern at the end of the summer… and there’s a no strings attached policy for all employees. Let the messy complications ensue!
First we have Mia, who dreams of becoming a filmmaker. She comes from a wealthy family but she’s determined to carve out her own career path instead of using her family connections to get ahead. Then there’s Ethan, who recently graduated college and is drowning in boxes of unpaid bills, who desperately needs this job. The one thing these two have in common is a ton of chemistry with each other but for obvious reasons, they both want to focus on the opportunity at Boomerang and what it could mean for their futures. Ethan has a bit of a messy past with a recent ex and you can bet she swoops in to complicate things further. Another notable relationship throughout the book is Mia’s with her Nana who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It’s heartbreaking to see Mia witness her grandmother’s degrading memory but the glimpses of her past during the Civil Rights movement was an unexpected touch. While Mia and Ethan navigate the drama they’re faced with regarding each other and outside influences, I found I was definitely rooting for them to get together throughout the whole book!
One of Boomerang‘s main strengths is that it’s told in alternating narratives, so the reader gets to be in both Ethan and Mia’s minds for an equal portion of time. While the story is constantly moving forward from chapter to chapter, it gives insight into how the same situation can be interpreted differently by two people. I found that I really enjoyed this form of storytelling in a contemporary romance. I also loved reading about the atmosphere within the Boomerang offices. I could clearly picture a start up company and the fact that it’s a dating website added another aspect of fun to the mix. I would never want to work with some of their co-workers, especially Cookie, but the CEO Adam seems like an interesting guy who is one of the main characters in the second novel, Rebound. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about his past and seeing how he got to where he is in the business world.
Final Thoughts: Boomerang by Noelle August (aka Veronica Rossi) is a cute contemporary New Adult novel following two people who have a one night stand and then find themselves working at the same company which has a no strings attached policy for employees. It’s a very messy story for Mia and Ethan but it’s enjoyable to see the life of their relationship. Boomerang is told in alternating narratives between the two main characters which allows the reader to have complete insight into Mia and Ethan’s relationship and it’ll have you hoping they’ll get together in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to try out a New Adult book!
The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August
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? (via Goodreads)