Monday, 27 April 2015

Play On by Michelle Smith

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary, and NetGalley.
Play On
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 facade 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."


Play On by Michelle Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Play On(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary, and NetGalley.)

“Depression’s like a thief,” she continues, closing the suitcase and zipping it up. “It weasels its way into your body. Sometimes it’s slow, and sometimes it just barges in like it owns the place. It robs you. Before you know what’s happened, coal is in the place of your heart. Your soul? Empty. Nothing and no one can bring you out of it. No one but you – and sometimes that doesn’t even work.”



This was a YA contemporary romance dealing with baseball, and depression.

The characters in this were okay, although I connected with Marisa a lot more than Austin. I would have much preferred this book if it had been from Marisa’s point of view rather than Austin’s point of view, because I understood what Marisa was going through a lot more than Austin.

“She’s a gorgeous, pint-sized girl who has the best possible taste in baseball. Did God just say poof and bring one of my dreams to life?”



The storyline in this was about Austin’s baseball career, and Marisa’s problems with depression. Austin’s life had also been touched by depression, after his father committed suicide, but he wasn’t really equipped to deal with Marisa’s illness at all.

“Car accident. He drove off the town bridge when I was fifteen.”



There was some romance in this, and I was glad that Marisa and Austin found each other, I just didn’t get sucked into the romance though, possibly because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Austin.

“I’d be a great date, you know.” I pull her a little closer. “I’d wash my truck. Pick you up. Talk about guns with your dad. Even bring you flowers.”
Pressing her lips together, she nods. “Flowers?”
“I know a guy.”




The ending to this was happy, which was good, but overall, I didn’t love this book.
6 out of 10

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