Defying Gravity is a cute little romantic story about best friends, Zoey and Parker.
Zoey and Parker have been best friends since they were in diapers. Their parents are so close that Zoey’s parents bought a vacation home right next door to Parker’s family home.
Zoey and her family spend every Spring break with Parker’s family, and that works just fine for him because not only is Zoey his best friend she is also the girl he has been in love with for the past two years.
Parker decides that this is finally the year he is going to confess his feelings to Zoey, but there is one problem with that plan. Zoey just so happens to have a massive crush on Parker’s older brother Luke. And Luke is just enough of a player to enjoy being the object of Zoey’s affections.
Zoey was cute and I definitely understood what both brothers saw in her. She was a bit of a cliche of the “perfect girl next door”. She was blond, beautiful, and just enough of a tomboy to enjoy snowboarding with the brothers. I would have gotten bored with her if you wasn’t so darn likable. She had enough dorky and insecure moments to give her a personality.
Luke was a player who had all the ski bunnies chasing him around the slopes so I guess he was supposed to be charming. But I didn’t like him that much. View Spoiler » He came across as a whiny jerk to me. He knew how his brother felt about Zoey, but he went after her anyway just to piss Parker off. I think part of him wanted to push Parker into finally admitting his feelings for Zoey, but his competitive nature took over and made him do some jerky things. « Hide Spoiler I will admit that Luke wasn’t a mean person, he was just a guy who liked to date around. A lot! And he was too competitive for his own good. I could actually see the author making him the lead of another book. He just has some growing up to do before I can put up with him for a few hundred pages.
Parker was a good leading man. He was a bit of a wuss when it came to Zoey. And by that I mean it took him way too long for him the admit his feelings to her. But mostly he was a sweet and confident guy who just didn’t want to screw things up with the girl he loved. The book is told from both his and Zoey’s points of view, and sometimes his inner monologue could be a bit too flowery but it was still sweet. I liked how humble he was without being insecure.
I was very frustrated with this book when Zoey focused more on Luke than Parker. I understood why she was careful with Parker. He was her best friend and she didn’t want to ruin that by taking it to the next level. What I didn’t understand was why she liked Luke. He kept using these Cheesy pick up lines on her one minute then ditching her to flirt with another girl the next. And he did a lot of this flirting right in front of Zoey’s face.
When Zoey started focusing more on Parker, I enjoyed the story more. They had a lot of cute moments that made me smile. This wasn’t really a love triangle. Luke is more of a catalyst to them getting together than an obstacle, and the author makes this clear early in the story. That made those frustrating moments easier to deal with. When they finally do start flirting, things get even better, and the cute doesn’t let up for the rest of the book.
I think I’ve used the word cute at least five times already in this review because it’s the best word to describe it. Parker is cute, Zoey is cute, their parents are cute, their friends are cute, their shared love of snowboarding is cute, their relationship is cute, and even Luke had a cute moment or two. This book is just freaking cute! There’s no other word for it.
Read this if you need some cute in your life.