Sunday 27 April 2014

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Didn't Finish: The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen ZimmerThe Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer - Where does friendship stop and love begin?

At just 19, Kendall Bettencourt is Hollywood’s hottest young starlet with the world at her feet – but behind the glamour and designer dresses is a girl who longs for normal.

Payton Taylor is Kendall’s best friend since childhood, and the one person who reminds her of who she really is – her refuge from the craziness of celebrity life.

With her career taking off, Kendall moves Payton to LA to help keep her sane. But Payton is hiding a secret that could make everything ten times worse. Because to her, Kendall is more than a best friend – she is the only girl that she has ever loved.

Just as they need each other more than ever, they’ll have to answer the question of where friendship stops and love begins? And find out whether the feelings they have can survive the mounting pressure of fame…

The Gravity Between Us is a daring, romantic, emotional story about friendship, love, and finding the courage to be yourself in a crazy world.
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After Jim of YA Yeah Yeah raved about The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer to me and several others on Twitter, I bought the eBook as it was cheap and sounded awesome. However, I didn't finish this book, and stopped reading at 41%. I wasn't enjoying it at all.

The two characters, Kendall and Payton are 19, yet they are so juvenile most of the time in the way they think, I just couldn't warm to them. This is generally, as well as about/with each other. They could both be a bit melodramatic. I started off rolling my eyes, but it became frustrated thoughts of, "Oh, for god's sake!" I really didn't like them.

You don't necessarily need to like the characters to enjoy a story, but this wasn't the only problem I had with the book. The plot didn't hook me, and there were multiple scenes that felt completely unnecessary. The writing felt kind of clunky in several places. And that's still not all.

The love story just didn't work for me. These two girls have been best friends for years, and then all of a sudden they're in love. Literally, everything is normal, and then within the space of minutes, Payton is in love with Kendall. Just like that. And as soon as Payton comes out to Kendall, her own feelings start to change. Granted, she takes her time coming to terms accepting what she feels, but the change happens super quick. It just wasn't realistic, so I couldn't believe it as I was reading on - and that along with the melodrama, it was just too much. Reading it became such a chore, and I knew, if I didn't stop, it would be good few days before I finished it, because I simply didn't want to read it.

Really not for me. However, there are people who have loved it, so do read some other reviews before making a decision on whether to read it or not yourself - try Jim's review over on The Bookbag.

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Published: 17th October 2013
Publisher: Bookouture
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  1. Your review is really interesting and helpful! I really wanted to read this book when I first heard about it, but I downloaded the Kindle sample and it didn't hook me at all. I do keep thinking I might still give it a chance since the ebook is so cheap, but I'm not sure I will like it. Like you said, the characters seemed juvenile. I wasn't fond of the writing style, either. It just seemed too simple and I didn't find it humorous even though it was attempting to be humorous. I'm still really tempted to give it another go at some point, but it's definitely not high on my priorities.

    1. I do hope you enjoy if you do read it, but it really wasn't for me, sadly - exactly for the reasons you stated.

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    1. Yeah, I saw what you put on Goodreads. I don't particularly like that word, but books tend to use a lot of words I don't like. If I stopped reading a book each time that happened, I'd never finish anything. So I gave it a go, but the story itself just wasn't good enough.

  3. Ah, instalove! The darn curse of so many books. Also, you're right - it's not realistic when two characters who have known each other for ages suddenly fall in love. But it says in the blurb one of them has been all along?

    1. It wasn't even instalove! I could deal with instalove in some books. But these girls had been best friends for years, but they fall in love like that *snaps fingers* No build up at all. Didn't like it.

      Yeah, the blurb is so misleading! But in the book it's more like when Payton realises she's in love with Kendall, THAT'S why there hasn't been anyone before. But she hasn't been in love with her the whole time. Just didn't work for me.

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    1. Yeah, it wasn't so great, sadly :(