Friday, July 11, 2014

REVIEW: 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?

ebook, 244 pages
Published July 6th 2014
Source: Author

The first week’s royalties will go to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (www.autismcenter.org), an amazing organization based here in Arizona at which Ginger has volunteered for many years. Help support them!

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Our Review
We already have been huge Ginger Scott fans over the last year or so since she first requested we review Waiting on the Sidelines. And I didn't think she could top herself. Well, shame on me, because people...please alert the media because oh. my. gah. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Doing the happy dance over here...because it's that good. For real. 

I know that me using shouty caps at you is probably a cliche. And you're thinking "Surrreeeee, it's amazing. Whatever" and then go on about your day. But truthfully, even without all of my regular dramatics...this book has so much heart. The story begins with a heart wrenching scene at a grocery store. This young mother is raising her son with the everyday struggles of Autism. And while I won't pretend I know what that is like day in and day out, I know several people who do... It is NOT easy. It is not something, either, that you can take a break from. I have no words for the awe I have for the parents who are rockstars and do. This book captures these characters struggles and flaws, and again, heart in such a way that I will remember it forever. 

God, that first chapter...it pulled me in and I could NOT put it down. I felt Avery's pain and frustration and I wanted to scoop them both up and..do..something, anything to help. It also made me pause to think about not only how I'd react in that situation but if I'd be a helpful bystander. I love it when books make me think and question myself. LOVE.

Mason Street. A name I liked as soon as Ginger started releasing teasers. Good solid name, yeah? Well....this man. He is a challenge. Many times I wanted to smack him, I wanted to love him. I wanted him to figure out his crap and get on with it...BUT I knew there was going to be a fatal flaw somewhere. You know what it was? He is human. This is probably one of my absolute favorite book heroes for the simple fact that he is so every day while still fulfilling some of our treasured book boyfriend fantasies. IN LOVE! He has a damned smart mouth, he knows that being a musician and good looking has and will take him far in life...but he has come home to lick his wounds after an abundant amount of failures. Real Man. A man we can love! 

Yes, Mason is absolutely flawed and that's why I love this story. The characters just feel so real. They make smart and dumb choices. They are protective of their vulnerability and yet they are so vulnerable. I really appreciated Mason because while he's hot and all of that stuff, he's really just a man trying to figure things out and do better than he'd done before. I appreciated his struggle and his honesty and his loyalty to Avery and her family. And when he messed up..and he definitely has his share of mess ups, he always tried to deal with it the best way possible. He didn't try to run and hide and brush things off; he tried to rectify the situation.

Avery. Avery is such a strong woman, but she is the person who has to always think about everyone else. I loved how the story was able to set this up, where we feel her struggles. We feel her truthful feelings about her sons, well, I wouldn't say disabilities...but struggles to be her son. He truly does struggle with affection, and anything that remotely veers from his routine. This story is a snapshot of what the might actually be like for someone out there in the world...and I cannot get enough! Again! 

I also had so much admiration for Avery. She worked her ass off to provide for her son, deal with the emotional fall out of an absentee ex, trying to get a college education, and maybe fit some sleep in there every once in while. I was tired for her. She handled so much with grace and dignity but she too was flawed. She had a hard time trusting Mason (justifiably) and she'd throw those walls up any time she felt like she was on the cusp of getting hurt. I don't blame her, she'd been hurt and had a son to think about..but sometimes her stubborn nature made me want to snap at her.

So...if you're looking for a story that will surprise you. Make you laugh. *Probably* make you cry...this is it. I have already gifted my Mom a copy because well, for her it is lighter on the "smut" as she calls it, but has such a beautiful and well written story that I want to gift one for everyone. Ginger Scott has pushed herself even to a higher bar in my opinion, and I cannot WAIT to see what she comes out with next!!! 

This is a fantastic read; as Courtney points out, it gives you a little bit of everything. I'm so proud to call Ginger a friend and excited for all of you to read this book and spread the word about how much you love it.

Courtney: 5 Stars 
Shelley: 5 Stars

About the Author

Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her new adult romance, "How We Deal With Gravity," centers on a young, single mother of a child with autism and her chance at love with a familiar face from her past. 'Gravity' releases July 8.

Scott is also the author of "Waiting on the Sidelines," a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a baseball player's name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want -- even if you aren't ready. You can read it, and the sequel, "Going Long," now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-book outlets.

She is also the author of "Blindness," and the soon-to-be-released new-adult romance "This Is Falling."

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

Check out our other Ginger Scott reviews!


(Standalone)


(Waiting on the Sidelines #1)


(Waiting on the Sidelines #2)

2 comments:

  1. Oh I am so happy to hear you girls loved this one. That cover is fabulous and the story sounds interesting so I was hoping it would be a knock out. Adding to my TBR.

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  2. You will NOT be disappointed. I loved it..and all of Ginger's books.

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