Jun 25, 2014

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott *Review*

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?

Expected publication: July 8th 2014

An early copy of this story was provided for an honest review. Pictures used as part of this review were used for fun and do not belong to me.

How We Deal With Gravity made me smile, cry, and hug my Kindle to my chest. This story is beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. Author Ginger Scott has created wonderfully real and completely realized characters. How We Deal With Gravity is at its core a love story but it’s not the traditional boy meets girl piece. It is a story of the different kinds of love that shape us - the love of a mother for her child, of a man for a woman, of a town for their prodigal son. Now for the story…

Avery Abbott is a master of counting the seconds. Be it the seconds left until her shift ends or the seconds she has left to finish her college homework or the seconds it takes to help her autistic son Max find calm during one of his episodes. Each second that passes gets her to the next obstacle to face… and conquer.

Mason Street is a washed up rock star forced to return home with his tail between his legs. The talent that landed him a recording contract in his youth didn't keep him from being swept up in the rock n’ roll lifestyle and getting dropped by his label. When Mason turns to his childhood mentor Ray for help, the last thing he expects is the undeniable draw to Ray’s daughter Avery.

As Avery and Mason deal with public and private expectations, they’re forced to decide if it’s time to let go of the dreams of the past and embrace an unexpected happiness together.

I love books and I’m always happy to find one that strikes a chord with me. How We Deal With Gravity is one of those rare and special times where I feel like the book found me. I am an Autism mom to a beautiful and smart 4 year old. She is the center of my world and I am happily her biggest champion. But there are tough times. So when Avery expressed her concerns, fears and doubts about everything from how others judge her child to her own parenting ability, I caught myself going “That’s me, OMG that’s me!” I've been the mom in the parking lot with the crying child who just had to grin and tune out the people walking past not so quietly saying rude things about my child and my skills as a parent. I've dealt with the comments about behaviors being “weird” or “odd” or “different.” How We Deal With Gravity reminded me that I’m not alone and neither is my daughter. For that reason, How We Deal With Gravity will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Lines:  
“All I can do is smile, and meekly, at that. “I’m sorry.” That’s what I’m saying with that smile. That I’m sorry my son has autism, and that I don’t know how to hide it from you.”

“I thought about Avery Abbott because she thought about me. And I liked that she thought about me.”

“These people don’t love me because I’m some hotshot musician. They don’t care that I have some stupid ounce of talent that sets me apart from them. They love me because I’m theirs – because this is home, and I’m family.”

“This whole feelings thing, well… it’s foreign territory for me. But I can promise you one thing – this? This is real. It’s the realest fucking thing I’ve ever known. And I’m a persistent, stubborn bastard, so you better get used to me.”

How We Deal With Gravity is a beautiful and moving story. I hope you will take the opportunity to discover it for yourself.

Happy reading.

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