How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 6th July 2014.
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?
Book Review ~ ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ by Ginger Scott ~ 5 Stars!
As a psychology graduate, it’s always my dream come true when I discover a book that entwines psychological elements into everyday life, and having worked with and studied children with autism, I knew that ‘How We Deal with Gravity’ was going to be an emotional read.
I admit, it takes a lot to make me happy when there is a book where psychological disorders are one of the main themes, but Ginger Scott blew all my expectations out of the water and delivered a heartbreaking yet honest and beautiful story with some wonderful characters that made me unable to give this book anything other than five stars.
The prologue was written to perfection, and I felt every emotion that Avery was expressing as we are given a peek into the struggles she faces in her everyday life. This prologue in itself had me putting my kindle down for a moment and just staring at it in complete awe, thinking wow. The pure honesty with which it was written just blew my mind, and I knew I was in for a very special read.
The psychological elements were all used in the correct way, which made the graduate in me very happy, but it was also the very individual characteristics which Ginger Scott gave Avery’s son Max that made me really connect to this story. It can sometimes be so easy to fall into the trap of just lumbering a character with all the symptoms that their diagnosis can have, but instead the author created a realistic character who exhibited a lot of the symptoms of autism, enough to show that this was a true diagnosis, without making him a shell. He was a brilliantly developed character, and had his own interests, strengths and vices, and that made him so much more real to me, and a character that I loved from the start.
Avery is the kind of mother that every person wishes they could be. She’s devoted, strong and sacrifices a lot of her own needs and desires in order to protect and cater to all of her son’s needs. I loved the relationship that she had with Mason, and how the history between them made it hard for her to truly give her whole heart to him, and how she tried to create a distance between them in order to keep Max’s life as stable as possible. I loved their scenes together, and especially the scenes with the whole family, where we could see how this new balance brought out a new side to Max, which was beautiful to see.
This was an emotional, heartfelt read, that really punches the feel-good factor. It wasn’t an easy ride, but with the help of music, love, friends and family, there grew a wonderful story of hope, trust and overcoming the hardest obstacles of all, the worries of the heart.
5 stars, and a definite recommended read.
*Review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*