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Offsetting Penalties Paperback – October 23, 2017
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"A fresh, cute story that is about blackmail, football and ballet." -Caramel, Bookable Reviews
"I had so much fun reading this book! I literally had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it." -Lauren, SERIESous Books
"I really enjoyed this book, and I liked the fact it taught me something new. Who would have known ballet was the key to football. Rio Ferdinand that's who!" -Danielle, Chapters Through Life
"The chemistry between Isabelle and Garret is just perfect. They struggle with the same insecurities even as they come from completely different socioeconomic backgrounds. Watching them figure out how to relate to each other and how to compromise is what makes this story so sweet. Neither of them is perfect, but they might just be perfect together. And I love it." -Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe
"Izzy and Garret are about as opposite as you can get, but their growing relationship was adorable and fun to read about." -Kristi Housman, Confessions of a YA Reader
"I devoured this book in a day! It was a great read all the way around, the Izzy and Garrett were great characters, I loved the banter between the two of them. Highly recommend!" -Jamie M., Goodreads Reviewer
"This book contained just enough dance and football to keep it interesting, but not so much that it's overwhelming if you don't follow either. This is a sweet book about following your dreams and learning that the grass isn't always greener on the other side." -Melena Torretta, Goodreads Reviewer
"I really adored this book!" -Michelle, Goodreads Reviewer
"I thought this book was kind of genius. I had no idea that football players take ballet to improve their game. That was interesting to me." -Brooke, Goodreads Reviewer
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"Two wonderfully strong characters that know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. [...] Definitely a book I think everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it." -Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewers
"When they got close to each other, they learned that they might have more in common that they thought. Will they give this relationship a chance? Will their background be really that big of a deal? I loved the storytelling + the characters." -Hsu Lee, Goodreads Reviewers
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Isabelle Oster has always wanted to be a prima ballerina. The fall production at her ballet studio is her chance to audition for Ballet Americana especially if she can show her partner work. However, when the male dancer in her ballet studio's fall production is unable to dance with her Isabelle needs a partner and quick. Completely at a loss and grasping for ideas when she spies Garret Mitchell, high-school tight-end, taking private ballet lessons the idea of him being her partner is too tempting to pass up and she's even desperate to resort to a little blackmail.
Garrett Mitchell needs a football scholarship if he wants to get out of Texas and away from taking over his father's salvage yard. After recovering from a foot injury, his football coach recommends taking ballet classes to improve his game. Reluctantly he does, as long as it's a secret, however that secret doesn't stay hidden for long when the Goth girl from his high school Isabelle Oster catches him. Soon he is finds himself being blackmailed to making a deal with Isabelle, where she'll help him learn ballet to improve his football and he'll partner with her for her performance. Then when she shows him what he'd have to wear?!...What has he gotten himself into?
Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a very sweet, fun, humorous, and downright enjoyable novel about two people who seem to come from two different worlds, but are very similar. Both Isabelle and Garrett are great characters who both have similar issues with their fathers. Besides the issues with their fathers and trying to obtain their separate goals, what really filled this story was Garrett learning ballet. I liked Ms. Mathews use of terminology and phrases. It made me feel like I was learning along with Garrett, which I enjoyed. I also think that Isabelle and Garrett are perfect together. The build-up of their relationship was so adorable especially with the banter and Garrett making Isabelle blush during ballet lessons because of how she phrased directions she usually gives to a child in her children's dance class, like pointing "headlights". The ending is really cute!
Overall, Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews was an entertaining and purely enjoyable. I would very much recommend and look forward to reading more by this author.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
OK, you know exactly why I requested this book if you know anything about me. The premise was tailor made for me! I love dance books, and love them even more when the hero dances!! And the dance stuff was fantastic! And there was a lot of it!! You can't even imagine how happy that made me. I'm not a dancer, whatsoever, but I appreciate it and envy those with that much dedication, athleticism and grace. And honestly, the dancing was my favourite part of this book. Seeing Garret learn about stretching, positions, pirouettes, and then seeing Garret and Izzy tackle lifts just filled my heart with happiness!
As for the rest of the story, and particularly the characters, I thought this book started off really strong! I was drawn into the challenges of both characters, and I thought they both seemed like good kids struggling to work through what life had handed them. I felt Izzy's loneliness and isolation, and her struggle to do things on her own and prove her worth without her father's influence. And Garret had a lot to work through with an unsupportive (and possibly alcoholic) dad, and the struggles that come from a low-income family.
And I really enjoyed their initial interplay with each other...like they had their own impressions of the other, but they could see that there was more to the other. I liked the way they started becoming friends, but you could see them wanting more. And I liked the way they became more!
But somewhere along the way, the characters seemed to stop growing. I know they're teenagers, but I honestly expected them to start showing some empathy towards the other's situation. But the selfishness, in general, persisted. Moreso in Garret than Izzy. I actually grew annoyed when Izzy would immediately apologize for her assumptions about what Garret would struggle with and downplay her own struggles, and there would be crickets from Garret's side. Apparently money really is more valuable than close family, at least according to this book. As a reader, I thought they both struggled equally, but I don't think Garret ever really understood the negatives about Izzy's life. All he saw was the wealth and material things. And thus, I became less enamoured with our characters, particularly the hero.
And then we get to the ending...which felt kind of rushed, and left me a bit unsatisfied.
So yeah. Full marks for the dance component, and a fantastic first half!! But alas, I need a good closer to make me round up instead of down, which is a bummer. This one had so much potential. Perhaps the ending won't bug others as much as it did me.
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