ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’ by Ginger Scott.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The first week’s royalties for ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ will go to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (www.autismcenter.org), an amazing organization based in Arizona that Ginger Scott has volunteered at for years.
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Title: HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY
Author: Ginger Scott
Published date: July 8th, 2014
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
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Synopsis for ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’:
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.
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?
My ‘ARC-Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’:
Thank you to Author Ginger Scott for offering me the opportunity to read and review an ARC-early copy of your latest upcoming novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’. The story follows a young single mother who has been raising her autistic son on her own, with the support and help of her father and best friend. And we also meet her former crush, who left town to pursue his music career but ends up finding himself back in his hometown when things don’t go so well on the road. The story is told through the two P.O.V.’s(point of views) of Avery and Mason.
Avery ‘Birdie’ Abbot is the single mother of smart, unique and autistic son Max. She has learned to handle the challenges in life that she has been given and has made the best of it all. Her husband abandoned Avery and Max when he was diagnosed with autism because he could not handle the responsibility. Avery works at ‘Dusty’s Bar’ that her father Ray owns. Everyday for Avery is planned out with very little change in order to make things easier on her son. Then he came back to town… stirring old memories of the boy who use to stay in her home and was her first big crush (possible first love). Only problem, he never even seemed to really take notice of her and the only few times he did, were to nickname her ‘Birdie’ and another time that scarred her. She had no idea that one day, that same guy would return to Cave Creek, Arizona and bring so many changes to the planned out life she had already become so adapted to. And in turn, would also revive feelings in her that she never thought she’d feel for any man, again.
Mason Street began writing, singing and making music on his guitar since he was in his wild teenage years. The band he was a part of signed deal and were on the road soon after high school. Life seemed great except Mason and his band mates began to sour from the deal after performing at dive bars and actual studio time was no where in sight. They were soon partying hard and eventually dropped from their deal and ended up back where it all began, Cave Creek. Now, with little money and a slap by reality, Mason returns to ‘Dusty’s Bar’ owned by the man who first believed in his talent and became like a father to him. Ray welcomes Mason back and invites him to stay with him since he really didn’t want to stay at his mom’s place because of their rocky history. Mason never noticed the daughter of his role model much before but now they are both adults and life has a way of making us take notice of the things that were there all along.
‘How We Deal With Gravity’ is a touching and wonderful story about second chances, finding love and learning to find strength through the challenges in life. I commend Ginger Scott for sharing this great story with readers, bringing autism to the forefront next to the love story, in such a gingerly way. : ) Much respect to those who raise beautiful autistic children like Avery in this story, you deserve a great amount of applause. I do recommend this endearing novel because of the fantastic storyline and inspiring characters. Ginger Scott, you’ve done your magic again.
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’:
The Book Trailer for ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ by Ginger Scott:
(video made by: Author Ginger Scott)
Memorable Songs from the story ‘How We Deal With Gravity’:
(Wild Horses + Try A Little Tenderness) – (video made by: BooksMoviesFandoms.wordpress.com)
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’★★★
Avery’s thoughts: Max has a hard time focusing on things he doesn’t want to do. In fact, lately, unless it has to do with the moon or the stars or how the earth rotates, it doesn’t have a place in Max’s world. But Claire’s managed to find ways around the distractions.
Avery’s thoughts: -I’m nowhere near the girl I was at eighteen. That girl was hopeful and innocent. That girl didn’t have a little boy who depended on her for everything -a little boy who she wasn’t sure would be able to survive kindergarten, let alone this world.
Avery’s thoughts on her best friend Claire: Claire has given up her social life over the last three years just to help me get through school. Sadly she’s the husband Adam never was, and I wish like hell I could tell her to live her life, set her free. But I can’t, because some days she’s the only thing holding me together. And Max -oh, Max -he responds to her more than anyone else.
Avery’s thoughts: I used to stare at those hands in high school, when he’d sit up there on that stage and strum his guitar for hours at a time. I had goddamned fantasies about those hands, but I learned to hate them pretty quick.
Mason’s thoughts on Avery: She used to sit in the hall when I sat on the spare bed and played a song. She’d never come all the way into the room – too nervous. But she would sit there, with her skinny legs folded up into her chest, hugging them to her body. She was good at school – student council, honor society… shit like that. I scraped by.
Mason’s thoughts: This guitar has always been home. As soon as I touch the strings, I’m gone -there’s this melody I’ve been trying to work out for weeks. I haven’t written in months, but this one phrase seems to keep repeating every time I play. There’s something wrong with it, but I just can’t seem to work it out. It’s kind of like my life.
Avery’s thoughts on Mason: Watching him play, the way he loves that instrument, the way his brown eyes shut and his lips whisper small phrases, ideas for lyrics. That’s the reason women love musicians -it’s all right there in Mason’s hands, his eyes, his lips. Mason is the perfect package… on the outside. I could almost forget everything watching him now.
Mason: “This one’s ‘Wild Horses’.” When her tray falls, my heart speeds up. I know I’m in trouble. But I’ve been in trouble before. I love trouble. So I start to play, and when I sing, I keep my eyes on her the entire time, just waiting for the moment she turns around. She never does. But she doesn’t move from her spot, either, and I think maybe she’s in trouble too.
Avery’s thoughts: Mason Street is going to crush me -he’s going to rip open my heart… again. He’s going to completely destroy me, unless I can stand here and convince myself that my heart isn’t pounding out of my goddamned chest just listening to his perfect voice.
Avery’s thoughts: Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity. That’s what I’m feeling right now.
Avery and Mason: “Mason, I want this. I want you…”-(Avery)
“God, I want you to want me. And I think a part of you does… and maybe a month ago… hell, a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, that would have been fine. I would have taken the sign, and torn the rest of your clothes away to take you completely… not giving a damn about what it meant tomorrow. But here’s the thing. I kinda give a shit about what this means tomorrow, Avery.”-(Mason)
Ray(Avery’s dad) to Avery: …don’t give up on your own happiness just because you’re afraid it’s too damn hard to have. Because Ave, you only get to have right now once in your life -there are no re-dos, there is no going back and doing right now again. You get this once, and you can take a chance on it, or live regretting you didn’t.
Mason’s thoughts: In the last two months I’ve built this file of memories, and it’s all wrapped up in the Abbot family -they’re my family.
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