Book Review & Free Download: Weightless by Michelle Gorman
February 12, 2014 1 Comment
Because it’s Valentine’s Day this week, Notting Hill Press are offering Weightless, a short story by Michelle Gorman for free to readers of this blog. Read below how you can download it.
I read Michelle’s Christmas story, Christmas Carol, a few months ago, and that was good fun.
Weightless: What it is about
The publisher says: “Annabel’s not surprised when nobody recognises her at her 10-year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel’s chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.
It’s just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she’s Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?
As the lies start compounding, and she realises that they’re falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she’ll lose the love of her life if she does.“
Weightless: What I thought
This is one of those stories where I am not happy with what the main character does, but neither can I blame her. I can’t see myself doing it, but pretending you’re that popular girl from high school, why not, if it means you can go out with that guy you had a crush on all your teenage years?
So, that’s what Annabel does. At first she can just talk around it, but when Jack starts to ask more direct questions about her past, it’s hard to keep up the pretense. So, this has to go wrong, doesn’t it? She can hardly end up married to the guy without revealing her real name!
I was going back and forth: she should tell him! Ah, let her have some fun! No, it’s not right! etc.
While this story has great potential, it was cut short at some point. That was a bit unfortunate. What came towards the end, came too soon. Still, it was a fun read.
I met up with my high school class at a reunion a few years ago. It was odd. I think I ended up speaking mostly to people that I wasn’t all that close with at school. Still, it was nice to see the people, and the school, which was to be demolished the next month.
Have you been to any reunions?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (good)
Number of pages: 40
First published: 2014
I got this: from the publishers, Notting Hill Press
You can read this story for yourself. Here is the free book link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400385. Click Buy and enter the coupon code ZH34Q (not case-sensitive) to download the book for free in any eBook format between February 11th and the 14th. The file downloads to your computer and you can send it to your kindle, Nook, iPad, etc from there.
After Feburary 14th, 2014 you can buuy it here, for just $0.99, £0.99: