I want to thank Michelle for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Michelle!
Author: Michelle Smith
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: YA Contemporary
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.
Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma’s flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she’s also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek — he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.
As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the façade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.
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Play On follows Austin as he goes through his senior year. To start, I’ve never read a stand alone contemporary completely narrated by a boy, it was refreshing, and very interesting to read! I loved the way we got to see him go through his last high school baseball season, and it was extra relatable for me because I’m currently in my last season of high school softball.
Let’s talk about Marisa and Austin’s relationship for a second. It was so adorable, and it wasn’t overly rushed in my opinion. They started out with a relationship as strictly friends, and it was great to see Marisa’s guard go down as the story progresses and they begin to grow into more than just friends.
Although this book is pretty light in the romance department, theSmith also cover some more hard hitting ones along the way. Both of the main characters have baggage, as well as some of the fun, hilarious side characters, and the author did an excellent job tying up all the loose ends for the characters, each getting their own version of a happy ending.
Overall this is an excellent contemporary perfect for the upcoming summer months! I’m going to leave a few links below for preorder if your interested, the book will be officially released on the 21st.
I also wanted to include some info on the author, Michelle Smith, so if you want to know more about her, here it is! Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.
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Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Play-on-Michelle-Smith/9781939392596
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