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?
Title: How We Deal with Gravity
Author: Ginger Scott
Source: ARC from author
Publication date: July 8, 2014
I received How We Deal with Gravity from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Avery’s a single mother raising her young son alone when Mason returns to town. Avery has a good support system (mainly her father and her best friend), but she’s a strong woman on her own. She has to be because she’s juggling raising a son with autism, working in her father’s bar, and going to college. I love Avery. While she doesn’t have time for much outside of Max, work, and school, she seems like someone I would like to know and be friends with.
Mason isn’t perfect and I try not to think about his behavior while his band was on tour, lest I start thinking of him as Adam Wilde in Where She Went. (There are spoilers in that review!) Mason hasn’t had the success that Adam has had, which is why he’s returned to his hometown, to regroup and to figure out what to do next. Avery’s father Ray has always been like a mentor to Mason, so it’s natural that he go back to the bar, and to Ray’s house, while he tries to straighten out his life. That’s how he becomes involved with Avery and Max.
Max is Avery’s first priority. Throughout the book, she doesn’t let anything or anyone, even Mason, get in the way of that. Her developing relationship with Mason is important, but Max comes first. Always. I love the relationship that he and Mason develop almost as much as I love Mason and Avery’s. Sure, it’s mostly one-sided, but Max does seek out Mason when he wants to learn something from Mason, and Mason really seems to get Max. Max, in his own way, helps Mason grow as a person. One of my favorite scenes is when Mason sees Max on the playground at school and wants to help him become less isolated. If there’s one thing I wanted more of in How We Deal with Gravity, it’s more scenes with Max and Mason.
The minor characters are equally interesting. I would love to read a book about Avery’s best friend Claire. Claire, like Mason, has a special relationship with Max. She cares for Max while Avery’s at work. She’s patient and understanding with him, and he responds to her better than to anyone else. During one of his sections, Mason even thinks that Claire should be working with kids like Max full-time instead of working in a bar.
Claire’s good with Avery and Mason, too, pushing each of them at the right times to put themselves out there and take a chance on a relationship. Avery, especially, needs her help. She and Mason (and Claire, too) went to high school together, but they weren’t friends and they never dated, although Avery had a crush on him until Mason said and did some things that were not very nice, things that Mason doesn’t even remember. Lucky for both of them, Claire isn’t afraid to tell Mason how it is. Although it’s buried, Avery still carries around that resentment — and the lingering feelings. I think that Avery would have eventually gotten past those old hurts and accepted Mason’s attentions, but Claire certainly helps things along.
Ginger Scott has written some of my favorite books that I’ve read and reviewed since starting my blog, and How We Deal with Gravity is one of them. She guest posted here on Rather Be Reading YA on Saturday. She discussed autism and How We Deal with Gravity. She’s donating her first week’s proceeds from the sale of How We Deal with Gravity to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a copy (ends 7/10).