Monday, March 26, 2012

Grounding Quinn by Stephanie Campbell

Title:  Grounding Quinn
Author:  Stephanie Campbell
Source:  Kindle E-book (June 12,2011)
Rating:  5/5 Stars

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Description:  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

My Thoughts:  If you enjoy contemporary romance, then this is a great novel to read.  I love a good romance, but Grounding Quinn is so much more than that.  Stephanie Campbell has done a wonderful job writing this novel.  Quinn is a beautiful young girl who comes from a very dysfunctional family.  Her mom is mentally unstable, and lives on prescription meds, and her dad certainly has a plethora of his own issues.  Growing up in the midst of all this has left Quinn a very insecure girl, though she tries desperately to mask it, and her coping mechanisms are not the best of choices.  She is afraid to open up to anyone, and has presented the facade that everything is great, good, and normal with her friends.  Then things change when Quinn meets Ben over the summer, and hottie Ben is not just a summer fling, she really cares about him. 

Ben is a totally swoon worthy guy.  He is protective and caring, and he falls hard for Quinn, even telling her that he loves her, and Quinn is afraid of love.  She cares deeply for Ben, and has opened up to him more than she ever has with anyone, yet her insecurities and fears of letting someone past the walls she has built up cause her to make some really bad choices.  Those choices lead to some painful consequences, but the judgement and punishment Quinn places upon herself is far worse than anyone else could do.  Quinn has to come to terms with the things she has done, the choices she has made, her own lack of self-worth and inability to forgive herself and accept forgiveness from others, especially Ben.  Ben continues to love and accept her through all of this though she continues to push him away.  He is one of those absolutely dreamy guys every girl would love to have, but even he has his limits, and has his own issues with his family, though his family dynamic is entirely different from Quinn's.  

Stephanie Campbell has written the book in such a way that you get to experience the whole gamut of emotions going on and you feel elated and heartbroken as you journey though real life experiences with real-life characters.  The situations they face deal with genuine issues, and the characters and supporting characters are far from perfect, which makes them so believable.  I was hooked from the first page and totally engrossed through the whole novel, waiting to see if the love Quinn and Ben have could stand the tests that face them.  This is an amazing novel and I would definitely recommend reading it.  Enjoy it, oh yes I did. 


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