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?
How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 I'm actually crying a little STARS
That was beautiful. Literally the first thing I thought after finishing the book. I'm so glad I picked this one up even if it isn't my usual kind of read.
How we deal with Gravity was very emotional, educational and so very sweet.
“If I could do it again….” he pauses, his eyes unmistakably on me now. “I would definitely kiss the girl in the closet.”
This is Avery and Mason's story. It's about a beautiful little boy, a talented and yet struggling musician and a strong young woman who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Avery Abbot always had a crush on Mason, the sexy musician who always orbited around her world, playing at her father’s club and occasionally sleeping in her house when he was struggling with his mother’s boyfriends. She used to love him...until she became chairman of Team We-Hate-Mason. Pssssst...Don’t tell anyone...but she has some good reason, too.
But a lot of things have changed since she last put eyes on him. Avery is twenty-five years old now, struggling to take two courses at school each semester, working at her father’s club, but most importantly she is trying to understand, nurture and support her four year old autistic son, Max.
”I carry Max with me, even when we’re physically apart. It’s the worry—constant, painful, without remedy.”
Her husband left the day they found out Max had autism and she was left to pick up the pieces, with a little help of her father and best friend. Avery is a strong mama-bear character; she loves her son above all and would do anything for him. I loved her so very much, how she manages to deal with the challenges life has given her is beautiful and encouraging to read.
But most of all I loved to see her with Mason and how he changes the way she lives and makes her think about what she wants and needs. After all there is only so much you can do for others before you burn out.
Mason Street is a musician. A few years ago his band scored a deal for a tour and some possible recording later. But it all fell through...well they blew it. So here he is again, back home where it all started, trying to figure out what he wants, who he is and who he wants to be. And to do so he has to face some very harsh truths about his life, his choices and the people he hurt.
”Because I have to go back to the beginning and see if I can get shit right this time around. And I’m pretty sure it all starts with Avery Abbot.”
Mason is -despite his failures- a warm hearted and very kind human being. He has grown up and is prepared to makes some adult decisions and seeing him interact with Max and trying to make up with Avery is a joy to read and made me smile from ear to ear.
Ugh, he really is a sweetheart.
”Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity. That’s what I’m feeling right now. I’m sure I’m flushed, and despite Dusty’s being filled beyond fire code, I can’t hear the crowd. I’m completely locked to Mason, his eyes squared to mine and he’s the only thing I see.”
Mason and Avery are the cutest. Ok, this book is cheesy and the drama that naturally occurs is predictable and not very original, but to hell with that...I LOVED IT!
How we deal with Gravity is a well written and very lovely book if you are into some sweet romance and want to read about a quite marvellous kid who is not like the others, but to be honest he is a bit more special than the rest of us. I have to confess I even cried a little in the end. *sniffs*
I give it 4 Stars because especially in the middle there were some parts that dragged on, but once Ms. Scott got the ball rolling I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. The second reason why there are no 5 Stars is because I love my books with a little edge. Now this is purely a personal preference and should not discourage you from reading this book.
Looking forward to read some more Ginger Scott books. :D
**ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review