Lessons in Gravity (Megan Westfield)


All eyes are on Josh Knox…

Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.

This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move.

April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.

The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.

As you’re probably used to by now, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

Oh man, I’m still not very sure how I felt about this book… I had a hard time reading it, because the pace was just so slow for me. And while the author described beautiful scenery and amazing locations, I found it hard to be interested in most of them, and the enormous amount of descriptive scenes, made the book even slower. I’m torn here, because while I do think she did an amazing job writing this, conveying the setting and characters and relationships, I think that it was just a little bit too much, and it ended up making the book rather boring.

To top that off, the book is told in the third person and only from April’s POV, which leaves out a huge gap of information for most of the story.

The characters are also a sore point for me, because even when I understood them, completely, I didn’t agree with most of what they did. April was an especially hard character for me to relate to, because I felt for her, I really did, but at one point of this book I wanted her to just STOP. She was being mean, and not only her actions, but also her thoughts, and I really wasn’t a fan of that. Josh starts out as a jerk, and I could only connect to him way later in the book, when he starts to open up to April. From that moment on, I loved him.

I enjoyed the supporting characters, and I was expecting a lot more drama that didn’t happen, which was super ok. I ended up really liking Madigan and Theo, even though I was a bit skeptical for most of the book.

The romance, hmmm, ok, here’s the deal: the romance was super cute and emotional, but I didn’t really feel that much of a chemistry, or even grounds for that deep connection they seemed to have. I thought it lacked communication. These 2 were in love, and to be honest, they knew nothing about each other… it wasn’t the best.

I did love the plot though, and this book made me cry for a few chapters, and that’s always a good thing, right?

So, even though the writing, characters and the romance weren’t really my cup of tea, I did love the story and the plot, and the way it was resolved. I really liked the inclusion of PTSD and how it can impact your life in the smallest of things. I thought that was brilliant, and so I do recommend this book. I’m just not sure if this author is for me on the long haul.