Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Grounded by Angela Correll Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded, putting a halt to weekends in Rome and her jet-setting lifestyle. Soon her noncommittal boyfriend’s true nature is revealed, and to top it all off, she loses her apartment.
With nowhere else to go, Annie leaves the city for the family farm in Kentucky, a place she’s avoided for years. She finds a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a farm in disrepair, and a suspicious stranger renting the old stone house.
The country quiet haunts Annie with reminders of a past that can’t be changed. She tries persuading her grandmother to sell the farm, but is met with stubborn refusal? Yet in the midst of her crashing life, Annie sees a glimmer of hope for a second chance.
 Jake Wilder is contemplating jumping off the corporate ladder to follow his passion for sustainable farming. He’s almost ready to propose to Camille, a girl who wants more, not less. Annie believes Jake is about to make a terrible mistake, but does she have the right to tell him?
As the summer heats up, so do Annie’s unexpected feelings for Jake and her interest in the land. When a sudden phone call comes from New York, Annie is forced to choose between coming to terms with her past or leaving it all behind."

Grounded is a pretty short book that takes about a few hours at most to read unless you're taking time off in between pages. Let me tell you something, so you will know this ahead of time. Grounded barely mentions anything about Annie's job as a flight attendant. Yes, she's grounded. No, she does not care a thing.

It's told from majorly two POVs, the shotgun grandma (thank goodness it's not mine), and Annie (Oakley) Taylor (who is deathly afraid of shotguns). Truthfully, I dislike the grandmother whenever she tells her side of the story. I think it's because she reminds me of my own grandmother who's off telling me what's right and what's wrong ever since I was two years old. (Oh, should I mention that my grandmother wanted me to do whatever she says?)

Grounded is a romantic book, although the romance barely appears between the two main characters (Jake and Annie). I'm not sure what is another good genre to name it, but that's pretty much it. Grounded is not recommended to another under fourteen. 

The beginning of Grounded goes by fast. I sometimes had to go back to previous pages to check what I know so far. It's damn annoying when you have to do that, especially when you're trying to go through a two hundred page book in just a few hours. The plot is fast-paced, so be prepared to be lost once in awhile because the plot is just fast!

The ending of Grounded is completely unsatisfactory. Everything seems to be quickly wrapped up by the author, as if the author is eagered to end Grounded. Nevertheless, Grounded ending is just the ending. Nothing quite happened out of the extraordinary. And the things that did happen out of the extraordinary happened too quickly to even be considered surprising.

There's not much character development. I don't see any good characters to root for in this book. (The author tries to make this book look like A Year Down Yonder, I'm afraid).

Rating: One out of Five

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