Julie Johnson – Like Gravity

Synopsis

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..

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Soha, úgy értem SOHA nem hittem hogy lesz még valaha olyan könyv ami akár csak a közelébe érhet a Hopeless olvasásakor okozott élménynek. Hááát. Ez a könyv erősen súrolja a határt. Imádtam minden sorát! 
 
Brooklyn “Bee” Turner 6 éves korában végignézte, ahogy egy szupermarket parkolójában meggyilkolják az édesanyját. Azóta eltelt 14 év, de még mindig nem enged senkit magához igazán közel, a gyászát pedig pimasz és szellemes beszólásaival leplezi. A főiskola első napján egy kisebb baleset éri, így ismerkedik meg Finn Chambers-el, a tetovált, dögös, nőcsábász rosszfiúval, -aki nem mellesleg egy banda frontembere-, aki mint lovag a fényes páncélban, a lány segítségére siet. Ezután persze hiába próbálja lekoptatni a bukó rock sztárt, nem jár sikerrel. 🙂
 
Nagyon-nagyon jól el lettek találva a karakterek, és Finn-be egyszerűen nem lehet nem beleesni.. Lassan nem tudom két kezemen sem megszámolni a Perfect Book Boyfriend-eket akikre szívesen lecsapnék, de Finn határozottan az élmezőnyben van… 🙂 Bee egy nagyon kivételes és erős karakter, akit nagyon megkedveltem. Talán az egyetlen ember, akivel szorosabb a kapcsolata, a szobatársa Lexi, akit szintén nagyon megkedveltem, Bee és Finn pedig az egyik kedvenc párosom és nagyon szórakoztatóak voltak a szócsatáik.
 
Ez a könyv nem csak megható volt, hanem nagyon fordulatos is. Tipikusan az a letehetetlen kategória, ami éjszaka is ott kattog az agyadban és hajnalban jóval a felkelési idő előtt kivet az ágy, mert olvasni akarod és egyszerűen tudni szeretnéd mi fog történni. A legnagyobb fájdalmam az volt, mikor az utolsó oldalhoz érve lapoztam egyet és rá kellett döbbennem, hogy nincs tovább… Nagyon fiatal az írónő, úgyhogy le a kalappal előtte, és egy ilyen erős debütáló regény után alig várom, hogy  a többi könyvét is a kezembe vehessem.

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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.

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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.”

SPOILER!

“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

6 stars

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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 MatthewsLG-Song-Inspiration-300x300
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