How We Deal with Gravity

How We Deal with Gravity

author: Ginger Scott
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.27
book published: 2014
rating: 4
read at: 2014/06/27
date added: 2014/06/27
shelves: arc, contemporary, families, famous, fiction, new-adult, rockstars, romance
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, thank goodness!

I wanted to like this so badly and I was so scared that I wouldn’t. This is the author that wrote two of my all time favorites Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long, BUT I hated her subsequent novel, Blindness. HATED IT. I couldn’t even finish it I hated it so much.

But this novel is great. It’s pretty typical new adult, but the son’s autism puts a unique spin on a familiar storyline.

What I liked:
1. Minimal angst. This book isn’t without conflict, which kept me engaged, but the characters acted reasonably. Nothing makes me more angry than when a novel’s entire climax hinges on two people just NOT talking to each other- the problem could have been resolved 200 pages ago, but we’re not going to discuss it and fix our miscommunication. MURDER.
2. I liked the way Mason was written a lot. The author was able to write him as a bad boy, without making him an asshole. He was human, he forgot things and screwed up, but he was trying. I liked that she made him redeemable. I liked that he didn’t do anything horrible or unforgivable.
3. Max was a great character. I loved his characterization as well. His quirks and talents really brought a lot to the story. Seeing his relationship develop with Mason was very interesting and endearing.
4. This book was life. The things that happened were life. I like when conflict arises in a book because sometimes shitty things happen and it’s no one’s fault. Sometimes it’s just a bad hand and you have to do what you have to do to get through it. Sometimes things suck because people are human. The constant need that author’s sometimes have to make people do truly unforgivable stuff totally really baffles me. In real life, you don’t come back from that garbage. You do something truly awful, and it’s done. You ruined it. It doesn’t get glossed over in the last 50 pages with an unintended pregnancy and an engagement ring. I like to see people overcome because they worked through their faults and worked with the faults of others. I like when people try.

What I hated:
1. I don’t know if I would call it hate, but I’m actually not (I can’t think of her name! I just finished this book 10 minutes ago and I am going to have to open my kindle and look it up! This is really going to drive my point home. Geez.) Avery’s (!) biggest fan. She was a little vanilla for me. She didn’t seem to have much of a personality. She was entirely characterized by her “helping spirit” (as my mother would say). Avery is a caregiver, she works hard, and she’s has been hurt. These are the things I know about Avery. I would have liked to seen more of Avery’s personality outside of her interactions with other people. Take away her struggles with Max and Adam and what do I know about her? Not a whole hell of a lot. She’s completely selfless. I don’t relate to and am not interested in characters like this.
2. The ending took it a little too far to me. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I could have done without the epilogue. It was fine and I think a lot of other people will really like it, but it was a bit too much too soon for me.
3. Dual POV is lazy. I hate it. I’m sick of it.

Overall, you should add this to your TBR if you’re looking for something that won’t make you afraid your eyes are going to pop out of your head from rolling them so much. I know I say this a lot in my reviews, but I find that (at least, and this is being nice) 70% of the new adult genre is terribly cheesy and makes my teeth hurt. This book didn’t do that to me. It’s not going on my favorites shelf by any means, but it was a great way to spend my time.

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