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Peek Inside Offsetting Penalties

Desperate to earn a place on a prestigious ballet company, Isabelle Oster blackmails football star Garret Mitchell into dancing with her, but she realizes how bad an idea it is when she starts falling for him.

Offsetting Penalties

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Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.


"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

"This was a quick and sweet story of not-so-friendly to fake-bf-gf to more. I really enjoyed this teen read." –Taylor B., Goodreads Reviewer

"It was cute and light, enough to help you slowly out of your reading slump." –Lena, Popping Thoughts

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633384
Release Date: Nov 6, 2017
Page Count: 233
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: across the tracks, enemies to lovers, forced proximity

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By Danielle October 29, 2017

Garret's coach suggests he needs some help if he wants to get back into tip-top shape. He is the captain of the football team and is recovering from a foot injury. The coaches suggestion is ballet lessons. Garret thinks he is joking, but after some persuasion, he takes his advice.

Isabelle wants... ...more

By Michelle November 03, 2017

I really adored this book! This book switches between Garrett and Isabelle's point of view. The main characters were so sweet and I really truly liked both of them. I was worried I might not like Izzy at the beginning when she blackmails Garrett, especially because he's so nice. However, soon aft... ...more

By Kristi Housman October 24, 2017

Izzy and Garret are about as opposite as you can get, but their growing relationship was adorable and fun to read about.

Garret's family doesn't have much money.  They struggle to pay the bills.  He knows that his only chance to get out of Texas is to get a scholarship to play college football.  H... ...more

By Jaime October 29, 2017

***I received this book through Netgalley for an honest review***

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! ...more

By Sam November 10, 2017

Well, this book put a smile on my face.

I utterly love when a romance forms between an unlikely pair, and when I saw football and ballet thrown into the mix, I knew I wanted to read this book. I am happy to report, it did not disappoint!

•Pro: Izzy was full of spunk and sass and I really admired h... ...more

By Hsu November 05, 2017

ARC - I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest!
They both came from different backgrounds.
Isabelle was born w/ a silver spoon.
Garrett saved every penny.
Dancing brought them together.
Izzy needed a partner for a dance performance.
Garrett was learning b... ...more

By lacy November 04, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. I used to have a dream to be a ballet dancer. I have always loved the way dancers could move across the stage in such a breatht... ...more

By Amanda November 01, 2017

A nice, relatively quick read with well developed relatable characters, and a great storyline (if a bit predictable ).

I read this book when I was in a book slump and it was the perfect easy read. Excited to read more from Ally Mathews!


By Lauren - SERIESous Books October 31, 2017

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

When I saw the premise for this novel, I just had to read it! One of my favourite tropes in romance is when two unlikely people meet and fall in... ...more

By Ambur November 10, 2017

I'm a sucker for sports romances whether they're young adult, new adult, or straight-up adult! It's been a while since I've read a YA one though, so I was really excited to dive into OFFSETTING PENALTIES and when I'd finished, I was seriously on cloud nine! I thought that it was absolutely perfec... ...more

By Tara November 06, 2017

Offsetting Penalties was such an adorable YA contemporary romance. It reminded me of a YA version of Step Up, which is one of my favorite dance movies. This book was absolutely perfect if you're looking for a light, fun read.

After Garret Mitchell returns to playing football after a recent injury,... ...more

By Melena October 29, 2017

Both Garret and Isabelle are hard working and driven to succeed.

Garret's football coach recommends ballet lessons to help after an injury. Isabelle sees him there and blackmails him to dance with her in the recital that will be her audition to a prestigious dance program. Despite their preconceiv... ...more

By Brooke October 29, 2017

I received this book from Netgalley. 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. I also really liked izzy's character. She was totally different at the end then she was at the beginning. I liked that be... ...more

By Taylor October 29, 2017

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This was a quick and sweet story of not-so-friendly to fake-bf-gf to more. I really enjoyed this teen read. I adored Garret and I also liked Isabelle once we got to know her some more. Overall, this was a great afternoon teeny bopper read. ...more

By mypoppingthoughts November 06, 2017

It was cute and light, enough to help you slowly out of your reading slump. These kind of books from Entangled Teens never fails! 😍👍 ...more

By Genni November 03, 2017

** I was contacted to read Offsetting Penalties for review. Thank you so much Melissa! All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Offsetting Penalties plays off one of my favorite tropes: two people who hate each other that fall in love in the end. When I read the synopsis, I was pretty excited. Not... ...more

By Katherine November 06, 2017

**4.5 Stars**
Isabelle is in need of a dance partner for her ballet company auditions but is striking out,completely out of options. Garret is willing to do all he can to get a football scholarship, even take secret ballet lessons his coach suggested to help him heal from an injury. When Isabelle... ...more

By Arys November 09, 2017

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews is a contemporary novel about opposites attracting. A ballerina in need of a partner and a footballer not wanting to be ousted taking ballet find themselves in a tenuous partnership as they try to reach their goals: one earning a spot with the prestigious Ball... ...more

By Jessie October 27, 2017

***I received this book through Netgalley for an honest review***

I gave this book 3.5 stars. I liked the book, it was short and sweet.

This book was surprisingly short, I was at work and took my fifteen-minute break and I was reading this during that break and I somehow read about 15% of the book... ...more

By Bookablereads Reviews October 31, 2017

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Entangled Teen for giving me an eARC copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And this will not affect my thoughts and opinion about the book in any way.

A fresh cute story that is about blackmail, football and ballet.

The story is abou... ...more

By Becky November 09, 2017

Another cute YA romance, this one about two people who know what they want after high school but need a little help (from each other, of course) to get there.

I really liked both Izzy and Garret--the whole blackmail bit started them off on shaky ground, but fortunately they moved on from that pret... ...more

By Bette November 03, 2017

This is a fun YA that once I started reading I couldn't put down.Two wonderfully strong characters that know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

College isn't Isabelle Oster's dream. Dancing with the esteemed Ballet Americana is. To see that dream come true all she n... ...more

By Amy November 02, 2017

I received Offsetting Penalties in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are exclusively mine.

Y’all…I loved this YA. It was so fun. I love high school football and I think that was a huge part of where my heart was. I enjoyed Izzy and Garret so much. They were sweet and fun and just all aro... ...more

By Tami November 05, 2017

YA contemporary romance. Football player must take ballet to rehab from injury. Ending was a bit too "everything will all work out in the end" like an after school special. Sweet read, what I LIKE after school specials lol.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publishe... ...more

By Kendal November 12, 2017

I love sports romances and this one was no exception. Granted there was more dancing than football, but enough to say it can be a sports romance. Garrett and Izzy each have their own issues, but find enough common ground to start a fake relationship. With all the side characters, I would love to... ...more

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3.84 avg Goodreads.com rating
Ally Mathews

About the author

Ally Mathews

Ally lives in Texas with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, assorted reptiles, and her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies, and letting dogs in and out of the house. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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