Wednesday, 14 October 2015

'How One Attempts to Chase Gravity (Gem City #2)' by Nicole Campbell

Ethan Fisher is kind of a badass -- just ask him. The fact that he plays guitar and sings in a band only serves as fuel to the fire of his flirtatious nature. That is until he meets Courtney Ross, a sort of anxious, pixie-like cheerleader with a vocabulary much larger than his. Things would be perfect if she didn’t live eighteen hundred miles away. She shifts his perspective and steals his heart, but how long can she keep it? Find out what was behind all of those sexy smirks in What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar, and what really went down the night of that fateful phone call.
College bound, Ethan knows he will run into Courtney eventually, and he is determined to have another chance to be the man she thought he was. If it is even possible for her to speak to him without throwing her coffee in his face. He’s willing to take his chances in hopes that the infatuation of their summer love can hold up in the real world. In a novel that is part insightful overlap, part delicious sequel, learn how this winding tale of love and heartbreak ends.

Note: I received an advance ready copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Nicole!

A few months ago, I had the good fortune of reading the first book in the Gem City series, What Comes of Eating Donuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar. You can read its review here.
I really enjoyed Donuts, so the author asked if I'd like to review an advance copy of the sequel. And hey, who am I to say no to free books?

Anyway, Gravity tells the story of the first book from Ethan's perspective, and also tells us what happens weeks, months and years after Donuts ends. For that reason, I did feel like this book is a little too long (395 pages on Kindle) but a little too less at the same time. For example, there were a lot of filler scenes, just tidbits of Courtney and Ethan's relationship, here and there. I liked them, but I didn't feel like they helped move the story forward.

I liked Ethan when I read the first book, but hearing his side of the story kind of put me off. Are all eighteen-year-old boys that uncomfortable with long-distance relationships? Do they all crave sex that much? Are they all as insecure and jealous as Ethan is? God, I hope not.

This may have been an uncorrected e-proof, but the problem of missing commas from the first book continues in this one. I couldn't help but wonder why it hasn't been proofread properly. Plus, the characters say 'like' a lot. Teenagers. *sigh*

That being said, I did like a lot of things about this novel. It was great to know what really happened with Ethan when Courtney was away, and how he dealt with their breakup. I love that this book goes beyond the first one and actually tells us how college shapes their romance all over again.

"He was going to attempt to chase gravity -- he needed the feeling back that he had when he was touching her, like the world was theirs and she was strongest force in his universe."

And in spite of the somewhat lacking first half, the second half is very strong, especially the last few chapters. Just the right amount of drama, the perfect touch of romance, and an adorable happily-ever-after.  

I'm going to go with 3 stars out of 5 for this one.
How One Attempts to Chase Gravity fails to live up to the standards of its prequel, but would definitely work well as a standalone young adult romance. Bonus points for the fluffy ending.


This book released on October 1st, so you can find it on Amazon if you think it's your kind of story. What were your feelings towards both Gem City novels? Do you think long-distance relationships can work, especially through high school? Let me know in the comments below.

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