Publisher: Entangled Teen on August 6, 2013
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Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.
Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door.
Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.
“‘I like your hair. I hate that stupid hat you wear.’ She whispers the words against my lips.
‘Any your lip ring.’ She pretends to nip at it. ‘Totally hot.'”
Favorite Character: Penny.
“Bishop! Bishop! Bishop!
The chants from the crowd won’t stop rattling around in my head.”
My Musings: When I first read the blurb for this novel, I was immediately hooked. A tough, sport playing girl and a rock-star, troubled boy? It sounded like the perfect mix of trouble and romance. I was sure that it would make for a phenomenal novel.
And that it did. Bishop is the drummer of a popular rock band. And he has a slight problem. Drugs. Bishop has a new found thing for popping pills to ease the anxiety that he feels on a frequent basis. But he claims that he’s not addicted. So when his band stages an intervention and sends him off to isolation in Alaska, Bishop is feeling betrayed. He doesn’t have a problem. He doesn’t.
Penny is a fantastic hockey player. One of the best in Seldon, Alaska. And she has numerous colleges hoping to give her scholarships to have her come play for their teams. But all Penny wants is to stay near home so that she can help out with her Gramps, who is suffering from mental illness, and to help out her mom. When an illusive guy and his uncle move into the cabins that her family rents out, she doesn’t think twice about it. And the guy’s crappy attitude doesn’t help much. But when Bishop starts to realize what kind of a life he could have without his pills and he and Penny and he and Penny’s grandfather grow closer, is he really read to give up his vice?
Bishop was out main character in this novel. Bishop, unfortunately, suffered from a pill addiction. However, he did have some redeemable qualities. He was really a nice guy the more you got to know his character. After he started spending time with Gramps, a completely different personality came to light. One that wanted to be good and to make people proud. Bishop was a very vulnerable character. He loved hard. On top of that, he also suffered from anxiety brought on from performing. He loved what he did, playing the drums, but not necessarily all of the fame that came with it. It was nice to see his inner struggle about being a good person and doing what he loved. It made him relatable as a character.
“Despite the hot water, I shiver under his gaze. I’ve never responded to a guy just looking at me. Not this way.”
Penny Jones reminded me of Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. Penny was the tough, don’t mess with me kind of girl who wasn’t afraid to play with the boys. She didn’t take crap from people and she could definitely hold her own. She was a strong leader, and yet she still displayed feminine qualities. She was still a girl with very real feelings, and her feelings could be hurt just like any other’s. I loved reading Penny’s character. Her sarcasm and attitude made for a very entertaining novel.
I liked the fact that Bishop and Penny didn’t immediately fall for each other. It took quite a bit of time. They really complemented each other’s personalities. They just worked well together. They helped each other with their inner struggles, and they had fun. They knew when to be serious, but they weren’t always like that. It was refreshing to take a break from the seriousness of drugs and such, and fall into their easy friendship once it was established.
Out of Play was a great novel about a sports-girl and music-boy’s worlds colliding. Throw in a drug addiction, and you have a story for the ages. I would really recommend this novel to you Catching Jordan lovers out there, but anyone with a love for romance and angst would love this novel as well. I can’t wait to see what else these two writers have in store!