- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1026.0 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979039917
- Publisher: Entangled: Crush (6 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076H7WZYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“I’m not going to wear tights. Period.”
This was a YA contemporary romance story about a ballet dancer and a football player.
I liked Izzy and Garret, and I liked how spunky Izzy was. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go for it, and still had a softer side too. Garret moaned a bit about the ballet, but still did it even though he thought he looked ridiculous.
The storyline in this was about Garret taking ballet lessons to improve his flexibility after a football injury, and Izzy then trying to blackmail him into dancing with her in the fall production as she had no-one to do lifts with her. There were some bumps along the way, but they did make a cute couple, and I liked how being together didn’t make either of them lose sight of what they wanted for their futures.
The ending to this was okay, but the big question of what would happen to Izzy and Garret after high school wasn’t really answered.
6.5 out of 10
Isabelle wants to be a prima ballerina. She is in need of a new dance partner and she isn't above blackmail. Garret and Isabelle are an unlikely pair. He's the popular jock from the wrong side of the tracks. She's the rich girl with a rebellious streak. Isabelle likes to be different and avoids the popular crowd. She has a goth image and people tend to stay clear of her, but looks can be deceiving. Both have passion and are willing to do what it takes to get their dream.
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! According to the online Metro newspaper, he had landed a 5-year scholarship to a ballet school before he became a professional footballer.
Isabelle is a really cool character and I loved the goth angle.
I liked the family dynamics of these two. Rich girl with the business father. Poor guy with the loving mother. Overall they worked well together because they could offer the other the missing piece. Ballet isn't just for girls!
4 stars out of 5. A good storyline and a nice read.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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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.
All in all, it was a sweet, quick read with good writing. I look forward to further books from this author.
This book is an absolute delight and I truly adored every moment. The writing was fantastic and easy to read. The storyline was fast paced, funny, and charming in every way. I thought the characters were just wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know them. The romance was just so swoony and cute and obviously my favorite part. Izzy and Garret just made my heart so happy that I could not stop myself from smiling. Guess that’s why I finished this beauty in less than 24 hours.
I loved Izzy and Garret and shipped them from the very beginning. Not only were they cute together, but they were such strong and talented individuals. While Izzy and Garret both had their insecurities, problems, and vulnerabilities, they also excelled in what they loved to do. I admired that they were passionate about achieving their goals and bettering their futures. Even when dealing with complications in their relationship, I loved that Izzy and Garret never gave up.
Romance is my ultimate weakness and I’ve always enjoyed opposites attract stories. The ones where two unlikely people meet, banter constantly but work amazingly well together, and inevitably fall in love. Izzy and Garret’s story was positively endearing and made the sweetest touchdown in my heart. I loved their chemistry from the moment they met and enjoyed watching their friendship develop into something more. From ballet lessons, to football games, to fake dating and to sexy kisses, Izzy and Garret gave me some of the BEST FEELS! Don’t even get me started on the ending…While I did kind of predict what would happen, I still thought it was so cute and lovely and just the perfect conclusion to a beautiful teen romance. Swooooooon!!!
Offsetting Penalties is irresistibly charming, fun, and heartwarming. Through all the playful bantering and the cute flirty moments, this book easily stole a piece of my heart. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary romance with humor and adorable characters, then I highly recommend this book.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.