Making its appearence on this week's #ThrowbackThursday is How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott. It’s the story of second chances, of struggle, of family and embracing life.There were so many things I liked about this story, I loved the feel of close knit community and how music was soul to this story. The author did a wonderful job of shedding light on family dealing with autism.
Title: How We Deal with Gravity
Author: Ginger Scott
Genre: romance, new adult
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?
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How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Chapter eleven, The Rules of Gravity,”
Avery Abbot is a single mom abandoned by her husband when Max (her 5 yr old son) was diagnosed with autism at the early age of one, since then her life was nothing but struggle. She scarifies her lifelong dream to go to college and get PhD but now works as waitress at her dad’s to support her family. With the help from her dad and her best friend Claire, Avery manages to get through each day. As broken and scared she is for turn of events that took place in her life she is a fierce mom a responsible and grounded woman whose world revolve around her son, who struggles everyday to make their life a better place, but all she longs for is a shoulder to lean on. When she least expected for someone to share her burden, to love her, to hold her Mason walks into her life.
Mason Street returns to his hometown after failing his career as Musician. He has long standing history with Avery. They have known each other since grade school even though Avery’s dad Ray had been his father figure Mason never acknowledge her presence. Now since he is back Ray offers him to stay at his place he sees Avery as a different person not a fragile girl she used to be but a devoted mother she is now. After learning from her best friend that he broke her heart back in high school he works for her forgiveness. Avery can’t deny her growing attraction to him, she was always in love with him but can she trust him not to break her heart again?
“If I could do it again…I would definitely kiss the girl in the closet.”
There were so many things I liked about this story. I loved the feel of close knit community. I appreciated the selflessness of the characters. I loved how music was soul to this story. I liked how it took lot of mistakes and wrong choices for them to have the perfect relationship.
Ginger Scott did a wonderful job of shedding light on family dealing with autism. It was heart wrenching to know how the parents struggle for their kids to have a normal easier life, infact whenever Avery wanted to hug Max she had to ask his permission and even if she could hug him it’s just for sometime as she knows touching makes him uncomfortable. I have to say this, even though these kids cannot understand empathy they are most honest, disciplined, organised and sincere individual, in no way are they abnormal but way too extraordinary.
The pacing throughout the book was really good. There were a few parts in the middle that was dragged a bit. Initially I was going to rate 3 stars but towards the end with last two chapters and epilogue I had to give an additional star as there were elements making me emotional. I was praying, hoping, smiling and swooning:)
If you are looking for angsty, frustrated drama and hot steamy sex please do not pick this one.
How we deal with gravity is not just romance novel. It’s the story of second chances, of struggle, of family and embracing life.
“I hate that I wasted…
So many kisses…
Before my lips knew yours…
Perfect. All you are is perfect.”