Thursday, 10 July 2014

How We Deal With Gravity

Written by: Ginger Scott
Published by: Ginger Scott
Pages: 244
Purchase from: Amazon

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?

My Rating: 5/5

I received this book in return for an honest review through NetGalley. My first thought about this book was 'oooo look at that cover'. I mean seriously?! Its just so bright and lovely. After that, I was immediately drawn in by the synospsis. I love reading books that deal with mental illness in some way or another (The Shock of the Fall, by Nathan Filer,and A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon, are some of my favourites) so when I read that the book deals with autism, in some way, but from the perspective of the mother I just had to request it. It is not something I have ever read before, as normally the book deals with mental illness from the perspective of the person who suffers from it, so I wanted to see how different the book was from what I was used to. 
Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity.
How We Deal With Gravity follows single mother Avery Abbot and her struggles with her autistic son Max along with her struggles with everyday life and the complication that is Mason Street. From the very beginning, I was completely enraptured by this book. It was just so good. It's split into the two perspectives of the two main characters, Avery and Mason, so you get a clearer idea on what the two characters are like. At the beginning I felt as though Mason was a bit self centered and selfish, so I didn't really like him, but that changes throughout the book and with him entering Avery's world he becomes more lovable and sweet. I also loved how you could see Avery's struggles more clearly and how strong, protective and selfless of a mum she is. It makes her feel more real and gives us as readers a clearer outlook on what it is like to deal with Autism in the viewpoint of a mother. But then I got the contrast of her as vulnerable and shy in terms of her relationships and her feelings towards Mason. She didn't know how to act on it and she didn't see herself in a positive light. That's what made me love her because it was like she was two different people and only you, as readers, were able to see it. 
I feel like I shouldn't know the things I know, and I feel like knowing about Max has made me look at things differently.
The story itself is so heartwarming, passionate and lovely I couldn't help but get swept along with the ride because it's one of those stories that make you seriously love and respect the characters, each in their own individual way. It has so many sweet and gooey parts mixed in that I was literally love-struck at points. While the book depicts autism it doesn't focus on it. Instead it focuses on the relationship of Avery and Mason, which I find really refreshing because it shows the strength of the characters and the courage it takes for a mother with an autistic child to rely and lean on someone that is new in their lives. It had me crying and smiling at so many things, it was just beautifully written and magically told. I basically just love it. Seriously, it is a fantastic and beautiful read.

How We Deal with Gravity