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Play On – Michelle Smith

Play On
By: Michelle Smith
Lewis Creek – Book 1
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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.

This Blonde’s Review:
I don’t read many book where the main character is a guy, usually we get to see everything from the girl’s point of view. In this one we got to know Austin as he falls for Marisa. He has some baggage from the death of his father and only wants to get out of town.

Austin starts to get to know Marisa and she seems to be perfect for him. She isn’t ready to jump in to a relationship so they build their friendship first. Watching their relationship grow was so great. I enjoyed getting to know them both. Something I really loved is that everything with Austin and Marisa wasn’t as perfect as it seems at first glance. They each had baggage and things to learn from each other.

Marisa’s past was a surprise to me, I was expecting to find out that she had a serious disease like cancer. I’m so happy that it wasn’t that way since so I’ve read multiple books like that. This one tackles a very serious issue, depression. I felt there were several pieces of the book that portrayed depression in ways that I don’t usually see in the books I read. It was refreshing and I appreciated the way the author tried to show that a person can be happy about the things in their life and still suffer from depression, that they can still find themselves slipping.

I really enjoyed this one. I loved Austin and Marisa but I also loved the other characters we got to know. I’m looking forward to reading more about the other characters in the next books.

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