Read my interview with co-author Lorin Oberweger here.
Yesterday, Lorin mentioned in our interview that she hopes her readers see themselves in the characters—and I do. Particularly Mia, although my financial situation mostly mirrors Ethan.
BOOMERANG is lighter than my usual reading selections, and I don’t generally gravitate as much toward romantic comedies, but the novel eliminates one of the reasons why—because the characters aren’t solely focused on each other. I like that these two people resented the intrusion into their professional aspirations, and that they had goals before they met each other (and that those goals directly clashed).
I also really like that the leads’ wounds come from where a lot of ours do—past romantic experiences. I particularly sympathize with Mia over her relationship with (that tool) Kyle, where she felt constantly let down because the person she wanted refused to see the value in her.
Meanwhile, Ethan trapped himself in a two-year relationship that ultimately went nowhere, which a lot of people my age are inclined to do. And, unfortunately for Mia and Ethan, their past experiences color their news ones, so they see affronts where there are none.
There’s a big part that resonated with me, too, as a writer, when Mia starts doubting her artistic view. She has the film school training, but she’s worried she won’t have that unteachable something that makes her art great. Any new, passionate creative can relate to her fear—I certainly did. And having her famous photographer mother there, encouraging but also overshadowing, was a really nice layer to that fear.
I also enjoyed the minor characters who populated this world, from Mia’s roommates and best friends to sleek and sexy Adam Blackwood, the CEO of Boomerang. I can tell a lot of thought was put into fleshing these characters out so they seem like actual people, and not just props moving around for the benefit of the plot or the main romance.
And the jokes do make me laugh! So if you’re into that, and you’re into seeing millennials portrayed as young and smart and driven for a change, then check out BOOMERANG on July 15.