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Grounding Quinn by Stephanie Campbell

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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?

Good Reads Summary

If you need a great read, pick up this novel.  The characters have depth and will become friends with the reader.  The reader will be rooting for Quinn and Benjamin, the main characters, throughout the novel.  The plot itself, while nothing otherworldly or extra special, is very interesting.  Not too many books are about a girl having a fear of relationships and not chasing after the guy. 

Quinn makes for a great, complex character.  She has a safe where her heart should be.  However, she doesn't make the best choices when it comes to guys.  She tends to be afraid of intimacy.  Selfishness, while not an ideal quality, makes Quinn seem much more realistic and likable. 

Benjamin is Quinn's opposite in many ways.  He is much more protective, caring, and responsible.  He doesn't make that many mistakes.  He is much more innocent than Quinn.  For whatever reason, he really tries to love and respect Quinn.  He takes all of her jabs and her pushing him away and continues to go after her. 

The book has many ups and downs as well as quite a few exciting scenes.  The reader will not be bored while reading this novel.  The ending is definitely satisfying and not even all that predictable.  This book is recommended for young adults/adults (females) who enjoy romance novels with a twist.

4 Stars