Thursday, 13 December 2012
Review: Grounding Quinn by Steph Campbell
Eighteen-year-old Quinn MacPherson's biggest fear has always been turning out like her mentally unstable mother. (Solving algebraic equations comes in as a close second).
That is, until she meets Benjamin Shaw. Quinn thinks hooking up with Ben over summer vacation will be nothing more than a quick fling. She can't even commit to a nail polish choice, much less some guy.Unfortunately for her, Ben is not just some guy. Ben gets her- the real her, flaws and all- and that scares the hell out of her.
When Ben does the unthinkable- tells Quinn he's in love with her- she does what comes naturally. She pushes him away. Ben can only watch from a distance as Quinn lashes out, and punishes him for daring to care about her.
But how far can you push someone, even someone who loves you, before they are gone for good?
One of the better new adult books I've read for several reasons.
This book revolves around Quinn. Quinn is a really broken character but tries to hide how damaged she is from everyone around her as she is terrified of turning out like her mother. She messes up and screws things up and generally just gets it wrong. Her relationship with her parents is not good and she feels alone in the world. That is until she meets Ben. Ben is gorgeous and quickly falls in love with her but things don't go smoothly at all for their relationship.
The thing that struck me about this book compared to the other New Adult offerings I have read of late is that Ben is a really nice guy. He's sweet and thoughtful and not an arsehole. Al the other books in the genre I have read of late has featured some real arseholes which don't deserve the time of day from the girl in the picture let alone anything else.
I also enjoyed that this books didn't go all out to shock and generally just use sexually graphic content to shock because they can. Yes the were more graphic scenes included but I didn't feel they were over the top or included for the sake of it
I must say that someone needs to proof read this before it is published in paperback. I saw several your vs you're offences which is pretty forgivable really in a finished book and it is saying something for me to notice it as I'm generally useless at picking up on that sort of thing.
All in all a book I really enjoyed and an author I would happily read more from