Book Review : How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

August 19, 2014 Book review 4 ★★½

I have loved previous books by this author (especially Waiting on the Sidelines) so it makes me feel sad that this one didn’t draw me in. I wasn’t shipping the romance and that pretty much sunk the whole book for me.

Book Review : How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger ScottHow We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott
Published by self published on 6th July 2014
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Romance
Pages: 244
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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two-half-stars

When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots.

Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?

First Line of How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

“The looks on their faces-that’s the worst part.”

My thoughts on How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott:

Some of my feelings about this book may just be because I’m not loving romance books at the moment. They just all feel predictable and samey and not what I’m in the zone to read. On the other hand I continue to read some as when I find ones I love, they make me feel great. Sadly this wasn’t one and I had a couple of specific issues which made me feel disconnected.

But first let’s start with something I loved. The main character has a son who is autistic. This part was so well handled; it wasn’t fluffy, it felt realistic and I feel I got a good insight into what parents go through. I know the author works with autistic children and it’s so clear that she knows her subject well. Max is adorable but I love that his issues weren’t downplayed. This was by far my favourite part of the book and even for that alone, I’m glad I read it.

The book is told in dual point of view. Avery (Max’s mother) is a single parent, hard worker and just about managing to keep it all afloat. I have to admire her strength and determination. The other main character is Mason. And this is where things fell apart for me. I just couldn’t get on his side.

When we first see him, he is a jerk. Avery is an old friend and I use the word ‘friend’ very loosely as he was horrible to her in high school but suddenly all he can think about is how much he wants her. His thoughts made me cringe.   But I can deal with that bit; what I don’t really buy is how that suddenly changes his personality and makes him sprout into Mr Mature. It felt too quick, too smooth and too fairytalesque.

I also didn’t like how quick Avery was to forgive him for his past treatment of her. It wasn’t THAT bad but back when she was in school when you over think everything, it would have felt horrible. I know I would be slow to move on from that, no matter how much I fancied someone.

This disconnection from the romance made the pace drag for me. Because that’s the crucial point of the book. There was also a good few clichés – guitar boy, troubled upbringing, mammy issues, etc, etc. I know it’s done to add depth and dimension to a character but when all the books are adding the all same things, it becomes formulaic.

I’ll be honest, if this was a book just about Avery and Max, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I did like it enough to read right to the end but overall it just wasn’t for me.

 

Rating Report
Characters
three-stars
Setting
three-stars
Pace
two-stars
Did I feel it?
two-stars
Overall: two-half-stars

Who should read How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott?

If you are looking for a romance book with a bad-boy-turned-good theme then this may appeal to you. Or if you are looking for some diversity from your books, then you might like to try this one as it does cover parenting a special needs child in a realistic light.

Thanks to Ginger Scott for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

two-half-stars

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4 Responses to “Book Review : How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott”

  1. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    You make some excellent points here – I had exactly the same problems with the book. I couldn’t look past Mason’s being an ass. The focus was too much on the physical attraction between Mason and Avery. I think I was looking for a touching story about raising a boy with autism, and I did not get that. I DNFed halfway.

    • trish

      I think that was my issue. I loved that theme and would have happily skipped the romance. Especially one with Mason!

  2. trish

    I remember you weren’t a huge fan of Waiting on the Sidelines. So yes, I think this definitely isn’t a ‘Tonya’ book.

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