Rating: 4.5 stars
This is one of them stories that stay with you a long time after you’ve finished reading. One of them books you become lost in and you hate it when it finishes. I wouldn’t say that there’s a lot of drama or suspense but it’s an easy going, everyday life kind of story and I think that is the part that makes it even more likeable. The writer has a really authentic writing style that grips you and drags you in to the story. You’re bound to fall in love with it.
Avery lives a hard life. She is a single mother to a five year old son, Max, who has autism. Her ex husband also left her after finding out about his sons autism because let’s face it, not everyone’s strong enough to be able to deal with everything life throws at them. All her life consists of is a constant timetable filled with caring for her son, helping her dad at his bar or going to university. All she has is her son and she’s a mother out on the battlefield armed and ready to fight for giving her son a good life. And then there’s Mason. Mason is a musician, who left his home town a while back to chase his dream. It was always about the fun things for him and his band until they start not doing so good and Mason decides to come home to the only person he’s felt that gets him; Ray (Avery’s father). He hopes that he can try and put things back in perspective for himself. How Avery has loved Mason when they were kids and he used to stay at hers because of her father. But Mason never really gave much thought to Avery. Until at 25, when the little girl he used to know has grown up.
The story is told from the point of views of the two main characters: Avery and Mason. On regular intervals, they play an equal part in narrating the story. It’s always more understandable when you get to experience a story from the perspectives of two main characters instead of one, because that way you can follow the story a little bit better and learn more about the characters.
I must say I was eagerly reading this just wanting to finish but not really wanting to either because it was that good. When I got to the last page I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that the story had indeed finished. Oh boy. I need more! This is a sweet, love story about two people who are just trying to do better everyday, just for different reasons. It tells a great message about we don’t always acknowledge what’s right in front of us but sometimes, may be there’ll be a second chance. I also have a thing for books that talk about home and just simple love. It’s bitter sweet and those are the kinds of stories you come back to again and again.
Avery was portrayed as the perfect role model for all women who are struggling, single mothers constantly trying to give their child a better life than the one that was ditched out to them unfairly. She had every right to break down but she didn’t. she stood strong for Max because she’s all he has to care for him. I think if every mother showed her strength, no child would ever have to worry for a single moment. I understood and sympathised with her throughout the story and I was glad she put her son first before anything else.
Max was an unbelievably clever child. I was in complete adoration of this little human being who knows so much for his age despite his autism. I just wish there was more about him and may be a little more detail on other things he may have had to go through, just to give the reader more of a feel on life with autism. But he’s gained a special place in my heart and has become my favourite child character in a book!
Autism is an important subject that should be touched because I don’t think many people have much knowledge on it. I am so glad the author was able to add something important to the story (not that I don’t enjoy things far fetched from reality in novels) because a lot of books nowadays lack that real life factor to them and yes I’d like to read about a kid with autism. Ultimately that is what made me give this book a 4.5 star rating; the meaning behind the story. The sweet, timely love story also contributed as a major factor in my liking this story. Avery and Mason’s love isn’t the angst filled kind. It’s one that touches you deeper and one that makes you understand the importance of love in life and that you cannot always be alone. And I’ll admit I also cried a little at some of the moments between Avery and Mason. Yeah, hats off to Ginger Scott and her powerful writing method of arousing emotion in a reader! Such a promising and talented author that I will keep a look out for.
What if I could go back? What if you changed your mind?
Would you still want me so bad, if I wasn’t so damned blind.
I hate that I wasted…
So many kisses…
Before my lips knew yours…
Perfect. All you are is perfect.
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