Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review of How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

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?

Leia's Review: 

There are those moments that are so few and far between, when you have them – you feel like you need to treasure them. 
For me, those “special” moments include discovering new authors. That being said, I felt like I needed to savor every word I read from How We Deal With Gravity.

From the first moment we meet Avery, I am in love with her. This woman – she has so much patience and is so humble, she breaks my heart. As a single mom to a child with autism – I cannot imagine what her daily struggles are like. Just being a parent is hard enough. The worry. The stress. The fears that you have for your children and because of your children. But to amplify those tenfold because your child is struggling with something that so many people don’t understand – I just couldn't fathom it. 
Avery doesn't blink though. This is her world, and she wouldn't trade her son, Max, for anything. She struggles, but her strength is so admirable. On top of being a single mom, Avery spends her days trying to finish her college degree and her nights working as a waitress at her family’s bar – Dusty’s. She does all of this with only the help of her father, Ray and her best friend, Claire. 

Then, one day – with no warning whatsoever, Avery comes face to face with her childhood crush (since whom she has vowed to hate), Mason Street. Mason is back in his home town after blowing his shot at becoming a singer. With no money in his pocket and nowhere else to turn, Mason comes back home to the one person he has always been able to count on – Avery’s father, Ray Abbott. 

The longer that Mason is in town, the more he realizes that Avery isn't the same girl she was when they were growing up. She has changed and matured into a beautiful woman. But Mason has some growing up to do of his own. As Avery watches Mason grow as a person and an artist she finds it harder and harder to keep her heart locked away from him – and his persistence is unwavering. But love can only get you so far….when challenges are presented and choices have to be made, how do you deal with the weight of the world on your shoulders? How do you deal with gravity 

Words cannot express my absolute love for this book. There is so much more here than just a love story between Avery and Mason. It’s about learning to grow into the person you need to be. It’s about learning not just to accept the life you have been handed – but to embrace it. There are so many moments that we let just slip by – unnoticed… and sometimes we live with the regret for a lifetime. Ginger Scott has woven a beautifully intricate story of love and loss, pain and privilege, about seeing things for more than just their face value. I lived and breathed every word of this book. I felt it deep in the pit of my soul. That doesn't happen every day, and I count myself blessed to be able to read this story. I hope that each of you decides to give it a chance. You won’t regret it. 

5 Show Stopping Stars

* ARC kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

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