Twenty year-old Brooklyn “Bee” Turner is no stranger to grief. After witnessing her mother’s brutal murder at age six, Brooklyn is guarded, damaged, and – by all accounts – a bitch. And that’s just the way she likes it, if it means keeping everyone at arm’s length.
When she stumbles, quite literally, into Finn Chambers – campus ladies’ man and the lead singer of a local band —she’s unprepared for his persistence in befriending her, and for the dangerous attraction she begins to feel for him.
Because with Finn, she knows it would be more than just sex.
More than just friendship.
And maybe even more than just love.
When a sinister presence from her past reemerges, Brooklyn will be pushed to her breaking point. For the first time in fifteen years, she will confront both her grief and her memories, as she plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an unforeseen enemy.
Because sometimes, the demons we must confront aren’t only on the inside..
My Review in English
Never, I mean NEVER could I imagine that there will be another book that I will love near as much like Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, but this book… This is pretty close. I loved it so much! Maybe the two stories are a little similar but honestly – it doesn’t bother me. In this book was not so hard to put together two and two (and maybe this was the reason why it didn’t hit so hard either), but I loved the book from the first page until the last. The characters of this book were amazing. I loved them so much and Finn is the boy who you will steal your heart without a doubt. I can’t count on my two hands the perfect book boyfriends I would happily keep, but Finn is absolutely on the leaderboard. I loved the teasing between Bee and Finn it was really funny and Julie Johnson has a brilliant sense of humor.
Brooklyn “Bee” Turner was only 6 years old, when she witnessed that someone murdered her mother in a parking lot of a grocery store. In the last 14 years she hasn’t let people to get close to her. To conceal her grief she is witty and sassy and she makes smartass comments all the time. She is a really independent and strong character and I loved her so much! Maybe the one person who she feels connected to is Lexi, her roommate, who is also an amusing character. 🙂
On the first day of her sophomore year in college, Brooklyn has an accident involving a red hydrant. Then Finn Chambers shows up like knight in shining armor to help her (who is by the way the sexy- tattooed bad boy of the campus, and he is also the lead singer of a band.) She knows that she has to stay away from this boy, but after the accident it seems that she can’t easily get rid of him. 🙂
This book was not just emotionally touching, but really capturing, too. This was the typical book that you just can’t put down. This story is crawling inside your brain and you can’t sleep and can’t eat until you finished it. The saddest thing was when I turned the last page and I had to realize that it is over… Julie Johnson is a very young author, so congratulations for her and I am really curious about the other books of hers, too.
My Favorite Quotes From the Book
“There’s a song for every feeling. Every tear, every smile, every heartbreak and every victory. Music ignites the soul and strips us bare. It’s our very essence. Even if you have no one else to turn to and you feel all alone, remember that you can always find comfort in ballads and melodies, serenades and love songs.”
“Grief is a kick in the chest. It steals your breath, hits you so hard you think you’ll never stand back up again. And it’s not just because you’re grieving death or heartbreak or loss – you’re grieving change. You’re grieving the life that might have been, if it hadn’t all gotten fucked up along the way.”
“Mommy used to tell me, “Bee, a very smart man named John Lennon once said, ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.’ Remember that, sweetheart. Tuck it away and keep it with you when you’re having a bad day.”
“Finn Chambers was the worst kind of wonderful-charming, attractive, funny, and painfully intuitive.”
“It never really gets easier. People say bullshit clichés like ‘time heals all wounds’ to comfort themselves. But anyone who’s experienced real grief knows that it never goes away – you just get better at lying to yourself, at covering up the signs, at faking normal.”
“When you love someone, truly love them – more than your pride, more than yourself, even – you can forgive them anything, no matter how much they’ve hurt you. And maybe I’m an idiot, but I still love you. I’ve loved you since I was six years old.”
Six – Lost and Found – Stars
About the Author
JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome and an obsession with fictional characters. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found daydreaming, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, or stalking Goodreads for new books to add to her ever-growing TBR list.
She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published three more novels: SAY THE WORD, ERASING FAITH, and NOT YOU IT’S ME. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world.
You can find Julie on Facebook or contact her on her websitehttp://www.juliejohnsonbooks.com. Sometimes, when she can figure out how Twitter works, she tweets from @AuthorJulie. For major book news and updates, subscribe to Julie’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bnWtHH
Like Gravity Playlist by Julie Johnson
Music is an important theme throughout Like Gravity. These are the songs that most inspired Brooklyn and Finn’s story:
1. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews
2. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morrissette
3. Blackbird – The Beatles
4. The Scientist – Coldplay
5. The Only Exception – Paramore
6. In My Veins – Andrew Belle
7. Skinny Love – Birdy
8. Love, Love, Love – Of Monsters and Men
9. Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
10. I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
11. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson
12. Fix You – Coldplay
13. The One The Got Away – The Civil Wars
14. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room – John Mayer
15. Same Old, Same Old – The Civil Wars
16. Gravity – Sara Bareilles