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In this delightfully fiery rom-com from The Checklist author Addie Woolridge, even the worst situations have a silver lining. Aspiring artist Neale Delacroix should be on top of the world. She’s landed a spot in an exclusive art program that’s sure to be her ticket to success, but then her best shot at stardom goes up in flames—literally. When her relationship follows suit, In this delightfully fiery rom-com from The Checklist author Addie Woolridge, even the worst situations have a silver lining. Aspiring artist Neale Delacroix should be on top of the world. She’s landed a spot in an exclusive art program that’s sure to be her ticket to success, but then her best shot at stardom goes up in flames—literally. When her relationship follows suit, Neale finds herself a stone’s throw from rock bottom. Her heart broken and her dream deferred, Neale decides to work a soul-crushing nine-to-five job until the heat dies down. However, that’s not exactly what happens when she meets Anthony, a sizzling coworker with a perfect smile. Convinced that she breaks everything she touches, Neale’s sworn off art and men. Yet her creative spirit still beckons, and she can’t get Anthony out of her head. She’s caught in that familiar space between daydreams and responsibilities, desperate to find a new way forward. With her future hanging in the balance, Neale must decide if she is down and out…or ready to bounce back.


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In this delightfully fiery rom-com from The Checklist author Addie Woolridge, even the worst situations have a silver lining. Aspiring artist Neale Delacroix should be on top of the world. She’s landed a spot in an exclusive art program that’s sure to be her ticket to success, but then her best shot at stardom goes up in flames—literally. When her relationship follows suit, In this delightfully fiery rom-com from The Checklist author Addie Woolridge, even the worst situations have a silver lining. Aspiring artist Neale Delacroix should be on top of the world. She’s landed a spot in an exclusive art program that’s sure to be her ticket to success, but then her best shot at stardom goes up in flames—literally. When her relationship follows suit, Neale finds herself a stone’s throw from rock bottom. Her heart broken and her dream deferred, Neale decides to work a soul-crushing nine-to-five job until the heat dies down. However, that’s not exactly what happens when she meets Anthony, a sizzling coworker with a perfect smile. Convinced that she breaks everything she touches, Neale’s sworn off art and men. Yet her creative spirit still beckons, and she can’t get Anthony out of her head. She’s caught in that familiar space between daydreams and responsibilities, desperate to find a new way forward. With her future hanging in the balance, Neale must decide if she is down and out…or ready to bounce back.

30 review for The Bounce Back

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Bounce Back is listed as a rom-com. And while it does have some funny moments IMO romance is not the main aspect of the story. To me this reads more like women's fiction. This book can be read as a standalone. However it is connected to The Checklist. The narrator is 28 year old Neale Delacroix (3rd person POV). There were some things that I really enjoyed about this book. I loved Neale's sisters Billie and Dylan. And I really enjoyed the relationship between the three women. I also really like The Bounce Back is listed as a rom-com. And while it does have some funny moments IMO romance is not the main aspect of the story. To me this reads more like women's fiction. This book can be read as a standalone. However it is connected to The Checklist. The narrator is 28 year old Neale Delacroix (3rd person POV). There were some things that I really enjoyed about this book. I loved Neale's sisters Billie and Dylan. And I really enjoyed the relationship between the three women. I also really liked seeing the growth in Neale's character. Art is a big part of the story. And I think that was a really fun part of the book. I did enjoy the romance aspect. Although I wish that it had been a bigger part of the story. Also unless I completely missed it I wish that there had been more mention about the diversity of the characters. There is one amazing lesbian character. And one who uses the term THEY. But I honestly did not realize that the main male character was black. I would have loved that to be more a part of the story. I do wish that Neale had been a more likable heroine. She definitely grew on me as the story progressed. But overall she was not my favorite. The Bounce Back is a book that focuses on the bond between sisters. It shows us about failure and growth. And there is an enjoyable romance. *The Checklist is Dylan's book (Neale's sister). Thanks to netgalley and Montlake Romance for allowing me to read this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review..  I was disappointed I thought I thought i was going to read a rom com that's what it was marked as and it was not   The Bounce Back is a women's fiction. The story was just okay I'm giving it 3 stars 🌟🌟🌟 Happy Reading 📚 Lisa  Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review..  I was disappointed I thought I thought i was going to read a rom com that's what it was marked as and it was not   The Bounce Back is a women's fiction. The story was just okay I'm giving it 3 stars 🌟🌟🌟 Happy Reading 📚 Lisa 

  3. 4 out of 5

    keira

    arc kindly provided by netgalley and the publisher. disclaimer; i haven’t read ‘the checklist’ - perhaps that would’ve given me more of an idea into the characters? oof, this book wasn’t for me. i struggled throughout all of it and skim read the majority, which i really hate doing. i tried, trust me. I think the main issue is that this is portrayed as a rom-com, which it definitely is not. I went into this with the complete wrong idea, which set me up to be let down. This book is definitely more li arc kindly provided by netgalley and the publisher. disclaimer; i haven’t read ‘the checklist’ - perhaps that would’ve given me more of an idea into the characters? oof, this book wasn’t for me. i struggled throughout all of it and skim read the majority, which i really hate doing. i tried, trust me. I think the main issue is that this is portrayed as a rom-com, which it definitely is not. I went into this with the complete wrong idea, which set me up to be let down. This book is definitely more like women’s fiction and had I known, I wouldn’t have requested an arc. there’s nothing exceptionally wrong with the writing, but the way Neale is portrayed and written makes her come across as an immature teen scrounging off mum and dad, when she’s in her late twenties, just about to get her first “real” job. I think the author was intentional in making the mc come across like this for it to work with the storyline, but I just couldn’t get into it and definitely couldn’t relate. the one factor that should be noted is the inclusivity of gender, race and sexuality in this book - something that is often overlooked in m/f romances. I highly commend the author for the clear attention to detail in the characters backgrounds and preferences, but unfortunately, this just missed the mark for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    The Bounce Back was a delightful read. My favorite parts were the family dynamics between the sisters, the consideration of "failure" and the opportunities it provides for growth, and - of course - the potential boyfriend. Addie Woolridge created a boyfriend worthy of her protagonist's interest and admiration! She is great with dialogue that moves the story forward. I also appreciated her respect for diversity in her cast of characters. The Bounce Back was a delightful read. My favorite parts were the family dynamics between the sisters, the consideration of "failure" and the opportunities it provides for growth, and - of course - the potential boyfriend. Addie Woolridge created a boyfriend worthy of her protagonist's interest and admiration! She is great with dialogue that moves the story forward. I also appreciated her respect for diversity in her cast of characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kit M

    I loved this book. It was a sweet story about learning to take responsibility for you decisions and finding the inner strength and determination to move forward. It was funny, charming and a lot of lessons were learned. I particularly enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, her love interest and the relationships between Neale and her sisters. Highly recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ali Mrioued | ladyalireadsalot

    Let me start off by saying that I was not all in on THE CHECKLIST - the first book in this series by Addie Woolridge. I didn't connect with Dylan as a character and I wished there had been a bigger deep dive into WHY she is the way she is. Now, let me say that is the OPPOSITE of how I feel about Neale & THE BOUNCE BACK. I absolutely loved Neale as a character & the MANY insights we got into her mind. We saw her inner turmoil as she tried to figure out what her passion is & why everything she had Let me start off by saying that I was not all in on THE CHECKLIST - the first book in this series by Addie Woolridge. I didn't connect with Dylan as a character and I wished there had been a bigger deep dive into WHY she is the way she is. Now, let me say that is the OPPOSITE of how I feel about Neale & THE BOUNCE BACK. I absolutely loved Neale as a character & the MANY insights we got into her mind. We saw her inner turmoil as she tried to figure out what her passion is & why everything she had tried in the past just wasn't working out. And, as I write that, I wonder if maybe I loved Neale & reading her story (as well as her blossoming connection with Anthony) because I relate to her in a way. Finding your passion is hard. Finding your path is even harder. After literally crashing & burning at an art show, Neale decides that she has GIVEN up on art & is going to find a real job in the real world. She's going to do what everyone keeps telling her to do & move out of her parents house and try to support herself. She finds a job kind of - oddly - in a peripheral field to performing arts at a greeting card company who seems to work as a middle man for other companies who need music for their cards. There she starts to find a place among her coworkers & immediately develops a connection with the on-staff artist, Anthony. The slow burn (pun intended) of Neale & Anthony was satisfying in a complete way. A lot of romance books really rely on avoiding the fade to black scenes when the heat is turned on, but I appreciated that Woolridge allowed you to see the foreplay and then shut the curtains. It left Neale & Anthony a little bit more innocent (even if what they were doing was far from). In summary, I love Neale & I would read another book all about her self-discovery and watching her commit to challenge after challenge. 10/10 would recommend. Favorite quotes: - "...especially since she had been invited to the workout and declined because only monsters chose spin over sleep." - "You don't want the pain that comes with pursuing what you love, so you only put half of yourself into something That way, if you fail, you can walk away and say you never really tried. You are half-in, half-out."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna Reads Here

    DNF @ 59% I liked a lot about this book, but there was more I didn't like. What stopped me from enjoying it was the fact that it was so slow and heavy. There was just too much information about Neale's job and less about her relationships with people. She also came across as a bit ungrateful and childish, which really started to annoy me as I got through the book. I really wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but it was hard. Thanks to Montlake and NetGalley for the advance copy. DNF @ 59% I liked a lot about this book, but there was more I didn't like. What stopped me from enjoying it was the fact that it was so slow and heavy. There was just too much information about Neale's job and less about her relationships with people. She also came across as a bit ungrateful and childish, which really started to annoy me as I got through the book. I really wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, but it was hard. Thanks to Montlake and NetGalley for the advance copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I thought the story was unique and I liked it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    kayleigh ❁

    ⭑⭑⭑ 3 stars Public humiliation and disaster strikes Neale Delacroix as she accidentally sets fire to herself during her multimedia performance in an art show. The sprinklers ruin the other artists' work. She gets exiled from the artist group in front of her family. And if that isn't bad enough, the video of her performance goes viral. Her parents are desperate for her to gain some independence, and she is ready to become the New Neale that doesn't make bad decisions, works a regular day job, ⭑⭑⭑ 3 stars Public humiliation and disaster strikes Neale Delacroix as she accidentally sets fire to herself during her multimedia performance in an art show. The sprinklers ruin the other artists' work. She gets exiled from the artist group in front of her family. And if that isn't bad enough, the video of her performance goes viral. Her parents are desperate for her to gain some independence, and she is ready to become the New Neale that doesn't make bad decisions, works a regular day job, and most importantly can stand on her own two feet. I have not read The Checklist, which follows Neale's sister Dylan, so I do not know how Neale was portrayed as a side character in other books. I cannot say I particularly enjoyed her as a main character. The writing itself is good. It is an easy read with a good pace. It's lighthearted and full of humour. I think the reason I feel so dissatisfied is the character development arc of Neale. The growth of Neale seems a bit stunted. Without giving too much away, the entire plot is based on her family and friends believing she is incapable of fully committing to her art, hard work, and relationships. By the end of the book, I still wasn't convinced she had grown all that much. It is hard to provide reasons why without giving spoilers so I'm afraid I will have to leave that comment there. I liked Anthony, her love interest and coworker, he seemed like such a no-nonsense character in the sense that he didn't play games with Neale; he was always pretty clear with his intentions. I hated how she messed him around so much but realise it was so they could have their romantic climactic moment. I suppose it was hard for me to see why he stuck around when she didn't treat him all that well. Saying that, I found their interactions funny and enjoyed them as a couple, I simply liked Anthony more than I liked Neale. Also, I feel strongly that there should have been a better karmic moment for Darin and Jenna for being less-than decent people. What I will say for the author is wow, Woolridge is inclusive. This was the first book I have read where there are non-binary characters (Morrigan and Callen), which was honestly a joy to behold. There was a sapphic roommate, and Neale and Anthony, the heroine and hero of the novel, were black. Genuinely the most inclusive novel I have read so far. Click to follow my blog for more reviews

  10. 5 out of 5

    NCChris

    Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher, & author for providing me with an advanced copy of #TheBounceBack in exchange for my honest review. Addie Woolridge really created a lovable mess in heroine, Neale. From page one, I cringed with second-hand embarrassment for her spectacular career ending flop and moved swiftly into righteous indignation as everyone who should have been in her corner seemingly couldn’t wait to kick her while she was down. I admit, I spent most of the book irritated by her fa Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher, & author for providing me with an advanced copy of #TheBounceBack in exchange for my honest review. Addie Woolridge really created a lovable mess in heroine, Neale. From page one, I cringed with second-hand embarrassment for her spectacular career ending flop and moved swiftly into righteous indignation as everyone who should have been in her corner seemingly couldn’t wait to kick her while she was down. I admit, I spent most of the book irritated by her family’s attitude toward black-sheep Neale, even though there was a definite kernel of truth in it. I got excited as Neale began to grow more confident in her Happy Hearts greeting card job and who wouldn’t? Anthony embodied everything that Neale deserved but had never gotten from a love interest. Even while cheering Neale on as she found her stride at Happy Hearts, I could feel the impending doom approaching. She was so convinced that she had to be someone new that she couldn’t detach from her rigid idea of Old Neale (bad) vs. New Neale (good). Finally, after some decidedly brutal (and mean) communication with her siblings and Anthony, Neale makes the final leap of faith to fully blend Old & New Neale to find a life she can thrive in and be proud of. I really enjoyed the book and devoured it in one sitting. I think most young adult women can identify with the imposter syndrome that Neale feels throughout the plot; the insecurity and anxiety were really spot on and relatable without making the atmosphere too somber. The hard topics are treated with a dose of good old- fashioned self-deprication and humor whenever possible. Finally, I really enjoyed the diversity of the characters in the book. Addie Woolridge was able to introduce a cast of characters from diverse backgrounds, sexualities, and gender identities without making them feel tokenistic or two-dimensional. I value that kind of representation in what I read, so big kudos for that in addition to an engaging and enjoyable plot line. I highly recommend #TheBounceBack by Addie Woolridge and definitely encourage you to read it once it’s published in October 2021.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karolina

    * aspiring artist * f/m coworkers romance * black heroine x black hero * Asian side character * non binary side character * sapphic side character Neale is a twenty eight years old artist. After burning down her and her friends show, she was not only compared to her successful family but also told that her carrier is over. Not wanting to disappoint her parents, who find her irresponsible and dependent on them, Neale finds a job and moves into her boyfriend's house. Well, expect she's not, because her * aspiring artist * f/m coworkers romance * black heroine x black hero * Asian side character * non binary side character * sapphic side character Neale is a twenty eight years old artist. After burning down her and her friends show, she was not only compared to her successful family but also told that her carrier is over. Not wanting to disappoint her parents, who find her irresponsible and dependent on them, Neale finds a job and moves into her boyfriend's house. Well, expect she's not, because her boyfriend broke up with her and she lied about the job. The only solution is to find a new place to live, find a job (a real one this time), and give up men altogether. So, this is how Neale ends up with weird roommate, boring nine-to-five job and cute coworker. She tries to fits into real, adult world. At first, I thought it would be JUST a rom com but it's so much more than that. Even though, the romance is a part of this story, this book is about a journey of self-discovery and getting out of a comfort zone. Neale is a messy and chaotic character. Wherever she moves there is a fire (sometimes literally). I think Sarah's and Neale's "conflict" was unnecessary. I don't like when women are presented as mean just to make other women feel insecure. Especially if it was never mentioned ever again. On the one hand, I didn't like how Neale treated Anthony. He was the most considerate man and I wish she wouldn't deceive him. I understand she wasn't in the right place but she kept changing her mind about their relationship, and no wonder it could have confused him. But, on the other hand, it has so much to do with her character development. It was amazing to see her fighting for her dreams, pride, herself and relationship. Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Although this is being marketed as a rom-com, it is definitely not. It’s just straight-up Fiction, possibly Women’s Fiction. Once you get over that misinformation, you can enjoy the book for what it is. The story is told from Neale’s point of view and focuses on her growth from someone who is kind of failing in a career as an artist and living with her parents, to someone who has a job and is willing to be more brave and open with her art and with her life. I found this book tough to get through Although this is being marketed as a rom-com, it is definitely not. It’s just straight-up Fiction, possibly Women’s Fiction. Once you get over that misinformation, you can enjoy the book for what it is. The story is told from Neale’s point of view and focuses on her growth from someone who is kind of failing in a career as an artist and living with her parents, to someone who has a job and is willing to be more brave and open with her art and with her life. I found this book tough to get through because Neale reads like a teenager. I get the sense that that’s what the author intended, but it didn’t work for me. I also never got the sense that she was all that into the idea of being an artist and for half the book I was expecting her to realize that she was only on that path because of her parents and sister. I found the second half of the book more satisfying because she began to “grow up” but even then it felt like a lot of telling and very little showing. Probably the most frustrating thing was that she starts her first “real” job, at the age of 28, and she somehow manages to completely revolutionize the company after having worked there for one month and not having any prior experience in the sector or in any business environment. It was weird to have the book start off by saying she’s not very competent only to turn around and have her be more competent than those around her (who have been successfully doing these jobs for years) without any actual on-page growth occurring. It made it hard for me to connect with her. The very big pro for this story is that it is incredibly inclusive in terms of race, gender identity, and sexuality, which is so refreshing and lovely to read. The second half also picked up in terms of pacing which made it a breeze to finish.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Just Love books

    ~3.5⭐Rating~ "She knew it was unreasonable to feel left out of the successful-sister club, especially since she had been invited to the workout and declined because only monsters chose spin over sleep." After accidentally setting herself on fire and in turn ruining everyone else’s art work Neale finds herself on the outs of the art community, but determined to fix this and prove that she can be a successful independent woman she puts her all into her new job at a greeting card company where she he ~3.5⭐Rating~ "She knew it was unreasonable to feel left out of the successful-sister club, especially since she had been invited to the workout and declined because only monsters chose spin over sleep." After accidentally setting herself on fire and in turn ruining everyone else’s art work Neale finds herself on the outs of the art community, but determined to fix this and prove that she can be a successful independent woman she puts her all into her new job at a greeting card company where she helps find music for their cards. This is where she meets charming artist Anthony, just maybe things are starting to look up for Neale. •• The Bounce Back was definitely a completely different story from The Checklist, as much as I wanted to love reading Neale’s story this one just did not stand out as much for me. The main reason being it had been marked as a romcom and the actual romance was very much in the backseat for most of the novel. If anything this book was more of a woman’s fiction read. •• Neale’s character was an interesting one, she had her moments that just came across as immature and childish but at the same time there was a lot to her that was very real and relatable. I think we can all relate to the struggle that is finding your passion and then turning it into a career. I will say that I loved the relationship she had with her sisters and that we got to see Dylan again. •• As for our hero Anthony, he was such a great character, I liked that he didn’t jerk her around. He was very upfront about how he felt and what he wanted. If anything she was the one to mess him around. However together as a couple they were really cute. This was definitely a slow burn romance. •• The Bounce Back is a great story of finding ones self and the journey Neale takes to finding her place. If you are looking for a good woman’s fiction this is the book for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    The Bounce Back by Addie Woolridge is the first book that I've read by her and I loved it. While it was a little light on the romance portion of the rom-com I still enjoyed the book overall. While The Bounce Back might not have been heavy on traditional romance aspects, there were some between Neale and her very attractive coworker Anthony, I think to a certain degree there was a romance with Neale finding herself after she feels lost. And maybe that makes this a women's fiction book more than a The Bounce Back by Addie Woolridge is the first book that I've read by her and I loved it. While it was a little light on the romance portion of the rom-com I still enjoyed the book overall. While The Bounce Back might not have been heavy on traditional romance aspects, there were some between Neale and her very attractive coworker Anthony, I think to a certain degree there was a romance with Neale finding herself after she feels lost. And maybe that makes this a women's fiction book more than a romance but I wasn't too disappointed by it all and honestly I could see there being a second book that focuses less on Neale growing as an individual and growing into being part of a couple. Neale Delacroix is the youngest of three girls in a family full of famous artist, with an exception of her werido oldest sister, Dylan, who has a normal job. Because of that Neale feels the enormous pressure to succeed, but when her art performance ends with her costume catching fire, the sprinklers going off (ruining everyone else's art) and getting kicked out of the art collective she is part of she thinks she's had enough kicks. But Neale keeps getting kicked when she's down, her family basically thinks she's a loser and her "we don't do labels" boyfriend breaks up with her. So Neale decides she's done with art and men once and for all, and decides to get a white collar job at a local greeting card company. While working at Happy Hearts doesn't make her heart sing with love her sizzling coworker, Anthony, sure makes her want to give up her vow to never date a man again. But soon Neale has to realize some hard truths about herself and she needs to confront them before she can find her niche in the world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. The Bounce Back tells the story of Neale, a young artist who just messed up big time. She ruined her performance art piece in a dramatic and embarrassing fashion and got kicked out of the local art collective. To top it all off, she just discovered her whole family thinks she can’t make it on her own AND her boyfriend is a twat that won’t commit to their “non-linear” relationship. Neale Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. The Bounce Back tells the story of Neale, a young artist who just messed up big time. She ruined her performance art piece in a dramatic and embarrassing fashion and got kicked out of the local art collective. To top it all off, she just discovered her whole family thinks she can’t make it on her own AND her boyfriend is a twat that won’t commit to their “non-linear” relationship. Neale is determined to prove that she can be responsible and take care of herself. So, she gets a stable job, gives up art, and is determined that she will not fall for hot co-worker Anthony. Now, if only she can stick to those plans. I liked the idea of the Bounce Back and the story had similar vibes to Act Your Age, Eve Brown, which I loved. Unfortunately, I had a much harder time connecting with the characters. In addition to her life going sideways Neale also had an issue standing up for herself against her family, she never felt very passionate about anything other than stubbornly sticking to the whole “I am going to be boring Neale now”. I also had a hard time connecting with Anthony as a love interest. Every time he was on screen it was how beautiful he was, but I hardly felt any personality to him at all, and almost no actual connection with Neale other than being hot. The story was more about Neale’s personal growth than her romance which is fine if you know that is what you are getting into. The book was an enjoyable and quick read but frustrating at times and not as much of a romance as I would have liked. If you like stories about personal growth and less focused on romance then you may like this one more than me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Serenechaosnyc

    An amusing book overall, this book reminded me a little of Bridget Jones' Diary. Neale had a really bad art exhibit, after which she found out that her parents were concerned because she wasn't really focused. For someone in her late 20s, perhaps this is a reflection of Generation Z (or is it Y?) but I have to admit that as a character centric reader, I wasn't a fan of Neale. She was very flighty and even though I appreciate quirky characters, I felt like she wasn't a very compelling character. An amusing book overall, this book reminded me a little of Bridget Jones' Diary. Neale had a really bad art exhibit, after which she found out that her parents were concerned because she wasn't really focused. For someone in her late 20s, perhaps this is a reflection of Generation Z (or is it Y?) but I have to admit that as a character centric reader, I wasn't a fan of Neale. She was very flighty and even though I appreciate quirky characters, I felt like she wasn't a very compelling character. It could have been a function of aiming for humor and as I noted, there were moments when I was amused. I thought her growth, which felt like the main focus of this story, came too late in the story. That's a personal preference though and in that vein, Neale missed the mark a little here, especially since this book was told from Neale's perspective. The romance was with her and Anthony, one of the people who was at her "boring job" (her description) at a greeting card company. I found him sweet and respectful and enjoyed their interplay overall although the push pull from Neale again was difficult to appreciate. I liked the supportive characters, like Neale and Anthony's boss, Rich, and her roommate, Corinne, as they added color to the world. Overall, the story progressed along well but I just wish I liked the main character a bit more than I did. I give this book 3.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for this advanced read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Serenechaosnyc

    An amusing book overall, this book reminded me a little of Bridget Jones' Diary. Neale had a really bad art exhibit, after which she found out that her parents were concerned because she wasn't really focused. For someone in her late 20s, perhaps this is a reflection of Generation Z (or is it Y?) but I have to admit that as a character centric reader, I wasn't a fan of Neale, especially in the first half of the book. She was very flighty and even though I appreciate quirky characters, she felt l An amusing book overall, this book reminded me a little of Bridget Jones' Diary. Neale had a really bad art exhibit, after which she found out that her parents were concerned because she wasn't really focused. For someone in her late 20s, perhaps this is a reflection of Generation Z (or is it Y?) but I have to admit that as a character centric reader, I wasn't a fan of Neale, especially in the first half of the book. She was very flighty and even though I appreciate quirky characters, she felt like she wasn't a very compelling character. It could have been a function of aiming for humor and as I noted, there were moments when I was amused. I thought her growth, which felt like the main focus of this story, came too late in the story. That's a personal preference though and in that vein, Neale missed the mark a little here, especially since this book was told from Neale's perspective. The romance was with her and Anthony, one of the people who was at her "boring job" (her description) at a greeting card company I found him sweet and respectful and enjoyed their interplay overall. I also liked the supportive characters, like Neale and Anthony's boss, Rich, and her roommate, Corinne, as they added color to the world. Overall, the story progressed along well but I just wish I liked the main character a bit more than I did. I give this book 3.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for this advanced read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Some books just make you want a pedicure!! I’ll start by saying poor Neale. I was very concerned Neale was going to take herself out by self sabotage. The entire time she’s a sinking ship ignoring all the rescue boats headed her way. I kept wanted to yell at her it’s okay to have a happy ending in all aspects of your life even when you feel undeserving. The happy endings may not come all at once or even while it seems one area of your life is a dumpster fire. Neale the baby of the Delacroix clan i Some books just make you want a pedicure!! I’ll start by saying poor Neale. I was very concerned Neale was going to take herself out by self sabotage. The entire time she’s a sinking ship ignoring all the rescue boats headed her way. I kept wanted to yell at her it’s okay to have a happy ending in all aspects of your life even when you feel undeserving. The happy endings may not come all at once or even while it seems one area of your life is a dumpster fire. Neale the baby of the Delacroix clan is an aspiring artist. After a career meltdown, all the pieces of her life to take the same path. Her parents put her out and her not so boyfriend calls it quits. She quickly learns you got to do this you don’t like in order to survive. This for Neale includes working a traditional 9-5, moving in with a roommate and focusing on getting her life together. While this story is lighter on the romance side, I still enjoyed it. I think it allows the Neale and Anthony to maintain an innocence in their romance. It took a very natural turn and was a complete 360 to her previous situationship. Neale was behind the 8 ball in her life so it made sense her romance would follow the same path. Things worth mentioning: there’s a Pretty Woman and Spideyverse mention. If you’re in your own rediscovery journey just prepare yourself for a little drag because Corinne read me to the filth. Overall, I would recommend The Bounce Back to my fiction and romance readers. Thanks to Addie Woolridge for the advance reader’s copy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    First, romance readers don't like to be misled. This is (women's) fiction, not romance. Secondly, kudos to the author for a lot of representation and diversity with main and supporting characters. Neale Delacroix is 27, the daughter and sister of famous artists and an inspiring artist herself. When her latest multi media art installation burns her career down her family forcers her to grow up. She gets her first regular job, leaves her parents house, gets an apartment and a roommate. She swears o First, romance readers don't like to be misled. This is (women's) fiction, not romance. Secondly, kudos to the author for a lot of representation and diversity with main and supporting characters. Neale Delacroix is 27, the daughter and sister of famous artists and an inspiring artist herself. When her latest multi media art installation burns her career down her family forcers her to grow up. She gets her first regular job, leaves her parents house, gets an apartment and a roommate. She swears off art and men. But her job includes handsome co-worker Anthony and her sister comes to town and invites her to be part of her art show. Neale is a mess of a character. I think the author almost goes too far with her immaturity because it runs the rest of alienating the reader instead of cheering for her. I like how Neale tries to buckle down at her job but updating the greeting card company seems a stretch. I think my favorite parts were the interactions between her and her two sisters. But even then there is a lot of misunderstanding and hurt feelings. Thank you to NetGalley and the Montlake for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ciara O Shaughnessy

    Book: The Bounce Back Author: Addie Woolridge Star Rating: Three Stars Publication Date: 26th October 2021 I was pretty disappointed as I was looking forward to reading a fun romantic comedy as advertised but this was a. women's fiction through and through. The Bounce Back is all about how the lead character is trying to get her life back on track but a complicated relationship with her family isn't helping anything. The novel is full of humour and it was written in a very lighthearted manner which is Book: The Bounce Back Author: Addie Woolridge Star Rating: Three Stars Publication Date: 26th October 2021 I was pretty disappointed as I was looking forward to reading a fun romantic comedy as advertised but this was a. women's fiction through and through. The Bounce Back is all about how the lead character is trying to get her life back on track but a complicated relationship with her family isn't helping anything. The novel is full of humour and it was written in a very lighthearted manner which is an element that I really did enjoy. Maybe if I had read Woolridge's previous book 'The Checklist' I would have enjoyed this one more as 'The Bounce Back" is based on a minor character from that previous novel I believe. Overall, I found this book a slow burn and tough to get through as I think I delved into it with the wrong mindset. I might give it another go after I read 'The Checklist'. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Montlake Publishing for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Watson

    This was a follow-up or deep dive on one of the minor characters in The Checklist. The Checklist was a great book. I found the characters in that book enjoyable. However, the characters in The Bounce Back were less enjoyable. I loved Dylan in The Checklist. However in this book, she was a busybody. The main character, Dylan, was okay. Nothing was developed as far as why she acted the way she did. Was she changed at the end of the story or was she just doing what was easier since she didn’t like This was a follow-up or deep dive on one of the minor characters in The Checklist. The Checklist was a great book. I found the characters in that book enjoyable. However, the characters in The Bounce Back were less enjoyable. I loved Dylan in The Checklist. However in this book, she was a busybody. The main character, Dylan, was okay. Nothing was developed as far as why she acted the way she did. Was she changed at the end of the story or was she just doing what was easier since she didn’t like her job? What was Billie’s real reason for coming back to town? The sisters seemed to look down on Billie. Overall, the book was good. I’m hoping the next book about Billie returning to town dives deep into why she returned to town. I feel their could be a great story full of detail and more information about how she grew closer to Dylan as an adult since she was closer to Billie growing up. Thanks for the ARC.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justina

    Thank you to the Author and to NetGalley for providing me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review! I was disappointed in this book. From the summary I was expecting a fun story with romance. Instead I got to follow Neale who just tanked her artist career. Instead of trying again, she decides to turn her back to the art world and find her first ‘real’ job. My biggest disappointment with the book were that Neale seemed to be acting as a teenager and not like a 28 year old (the same age as me) Thank you to the Author and to NetGalley for providing me with an eArc in exchange for an honest review! I was disappointed in this book. From the summary I was expecting a fun story with romance. Instead I got to follow Neale who just tanked her artist career. Instead of trying again, she decides to turn her back to the art world and find her first ‘real’ job. My biggest disappointment with the book were that Neale seemed to be acting as a teenager and not like a 28 year old (the same age as me). It seemed that she always expected others to help and support her, but she only gave half back. In addition, at first she remarked, that people that have full time jobs, cannot be artists, and some of my friends would definitely have issues with this statement. I must admit that no character made an impact for me and barely managed to finish the book. On the plus side, this book has lots of representation! 2 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    L. Skyford

    Thank you @honeymagnoliaco for the ARC of The Bounce Back! This book was an interesting one. The MC, Neale, is a twenty-eight year old live at home artist and this story is all about how after an art show epic fail, her parents make her move out and get a job. She, obviously, falls for the anal-retentive, parkouring, artist at her office job. But this books reads in every moment, like a YA, even though this person is an adult. If the book was exploring delayed adulthood, it didn’t lean on that ha Thank you @honeymagnoliaco for the ARC of The Bounce Back! This book was an interesting one. The MC, Neale, is a twenty-eight year old live at home artist and this story is all about how after an art show epic fail, her parents make her move out and get a job. She, obviously, falls for the anal-retentive, parkouring, artist at her office job. But this books reads in every moment, like a YA, even though this person is an adult. If the book was exploring delayed adulthood, it didn’t lean on that hard enough. Instead, it leaned into the artist process and growing into being a professional artists. Now, I’m not saying that this lean was bad, in fact, if it wasn’t the lean I’d be even more frustrated by this book, but it just seems like some opportunities were missed. This book was effervescent, but I did not connect with the characters at all. There wasn’t any depth beyond Neale’s stunted emotional state. -Ford

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna read.athon2021

    I kindly received an eARC advance copy of this book to read and review though NetGalley. Almost all of Neale’s close family members are artists apart from her older sister. Neale is putting on performance art using fire one evening but the audience is not getting her and then her coat catches alight. She is asked to leave the art Collective and the whole episode is recorded and goes viral. Then her boyfriend breaks up with her and her parents ask her to grow up and leave home. She finds an offic I kindly received an eARC advance copy of this book to read and review though NetGalley. Almost all of Neale’s close family members are artists apart from her older sister. Neale is putting on performance art using fire one evening but the audience is not getting her and then her coat catches alight. She is asked to leave the art Collective and the whole episode is recorded and goes viral. Then her boyfriend breaks up with her and her parents ask her to grow up and leave home. She finds an office job working at a card company, and meets kind and thoughtful co-worker Anthony, who also happens to have a hot body and great looks. This is a cute story about being honest with your loved ones and putting effort into the things that are important to you. There is a lot of finding-yourself-angst though that ran on a bit longer than was maybe necessary.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannan Harper

    Neale Delacroux comes from a family of artist, but when she puts on her performance for the arts academy she attends, it goes up in flames. She gets thrown out of the academy and is forced to find a job. At her new job, she meets Anthony. The two go back and forth between wanting to like each other or remaining just co workers. This book is touted as a romance, but it truthfully read like a women's fiction with a small romance element. It focused more on the relationship with Neale and her sister Neale Delacroux comes from a family of artist, but when she puts on her performance for the arts academy she attends, it goes up in flames. She gets thrown out of the academy and is forced to find a job. At her new job, she meets Anthony. The two go back and forth between wanting to like each other or remaining just co workers. This book is touted as a romance, but it truthfully read like a women's fiction with a small romance element. It focused more on the relationship with Neale and her sisters. It was still a good story and I did enjoy the relationship between Neale and her sisters. It's related to the book, the Checklist by the same author, but it doesn't need to be read first to understand this book. I received a copy of the book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous 5

    This is my first time reading something by Ms. Woolridge and it was quite a delightful read. It was a sweet story about finding your passion and learning to struggle with and overcome hurdles along the way before you get there. Neale really had a lot to learn before she could move forward from her disasters. She meets Anthony and can't seemed to get him out of her mind, and they had a really great connection. He was exactly what she needed. The cast of characters was great and I really appreciat This is my first time reading something by Ms. Woolridge and it was quite a delightful read. It was a sweet story about finding your passion and learning to struggle with and overcome hurdles along the way before you get there. Neale really had a lot to learn before she could move forward from her disasters. She meets Anthony and can't seemed to get him out of her mind, and they had a really great connection. He was exactly what she needed. The cast of characters was great and I really appreciated the diversity among them. Wonderful characters and an engaging storyline will keep you captivated till the end. Great, fun, read! I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I loved this book! I have not read The Checklist so I found out this was part of a series after starting. I enjoyed the writing style and sense of humor, as well as the light-heartedness of the storytelling. There were serious themes but the positivity and lightness of Neale's personality always shone through. Most of all, I loved the writing around the quiet, slow burn of a crush becoming something more. It was treated sweetly, realistically, and humorously. May we all have someone with the ste I loved this book! I have not read The Checklist so I found out this was part of a series after starting. I enjoyed the writing style and sense of humor, as well as the light-heartedness of the storytelling. There were serious themes but the positivity and lightness of Neale's personality always shone through. Most of all, I loved the writing around the quiet, slow burn of a crush becoming something more. It was treated sweetly, realistically, and humorously. May we all have someone with the steadfast sureness of Anthony who gives space and understanding to personal growth. It's a winner in my eyes!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Dabu

    I loved the synopsis of this book and was really looking forward to reading it. However, it fell very flat for me. The writing felt like it was written by middle schooler. None of the characters had any depth and I struggled to connect with them. This is also advertised as a rom-com but definitely fell more into women’s fiction. The romance was lacking and I didn’t find any of it humorous. This books focus was on the mc’s family relationships and struggling to get her life together. Maybe her ch I loved the synopsis of this book and was really looking forward to reading it. However, it fell very flat for me. The writing felt like it was written by middle schooler. None of the characters had any depth and I struggled to connect with them. This is also advertised as a rom-com but definitely fell more into women’s fiction. The romance was lacking and I didn’t find any of it humorous. This books focus was on the mc’s family relationships and struggling to get her life together. Maybe her character was meant to be quirky or endearing but she came across more pathetic and immature. This one just wasn’t for me. *arc received in exchange for honest review

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    From other reviews, I gather that there is at least one more book about these sisters.Perhaps I should have read that one first because in the first part of the book, I had no idea what it was about (Neale's art) and any description did not really add to my understanding. The book did improve and Neale comes to some self understanding towards the end. Parts of the book were a good read and the romance was nicely portrayed and felt realistic. I also liked the conversations with the sisters and ro From other reviews, I gather that there is at least one more book about these sisters.Perhaps I should have read that one first because in the first part of the book, I had no idea what it was about (Neale's art) and any description did not really add to my understanding. The book did improve and Neale comes to some self understanding towards the end. Parts of the book were a good read and the romance was nicely portrayed and felt realistic. I also liked the conversations with the sisters and room mates. THe concepts of the arts were too abstract for me .... Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becks

    Honestly this didn't end up being what I expected from the description and I really struggled through it. I spent the first hundred page waiting for it to get going before I realised that it wasn't really going to do much more than tick along. By the end I was glad it wasn't a DNF for me. But it was just a fairly passive story about Neale, an artist who's floundering and figuring out what she wants to do next. I didn't quite feel the growth the author was clearly trying to portray and I didn't l Honestly this didn't end up being what I expected from the description and I really struggled through it. I spent the first hundred page waiting for it to get going before I realised that it wasn't really going to do much more than tick along. By the end I was glad it wasn't a DNF for me. But it was just a fairly passive story about Neale, an artist who's floundering and figuring out what she wants to do next. I didn't quite feel the growth the author was clearly trying to portray and I didn't like Neale any more by the end. It's a shame because there was a kernal of something there. Ok for a travel companion I'd say but not one I'd recommend for your next proper read.

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