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I started reading this book thinking that it would be a light, fun read, but I was only half right This book was a fun one, but it had a lotdepth than I thought when I first set out reading the first few sections I read the last 2 3rds of this book in one afternoon and into the evening because I just couldn t put it down The emotion in this book touched me so deeply that I was stunned by the end of it and I loved it Very few books can really reach inside me so easily and with such litt I started reading this book thinking that it would be a light, fun read, but I was only half right This book was a fun one, but it had a lotdepth than I thought when I first set out reading the first few sections I read the last 2 3rds of this book in one afternoon and into the evening because I just couldn t put it down The emotion in this book touched me so deeply that I was stunned by the end of it and I loved it Very few books can really reach inside me so easily and with such little notice until it s too late to do anything about it but just embrace it.Grace Barnum is an extremely prepared woman working as a textbook editor in New York City She s dating Steven in a rather seriously and professional relationship when one morning she runs into her neighbor s new dog walker, Tyler, in the hallway and stops to help him Tyler s new to NYC and is seeking out a career as a singer songwriter, but the surprise is that he s actually really good at it After meeting Tyler everything becomes different Grace rethinks her job, her relationship, her life and to top it all off, she finds that one of Tyler s songs is written about her It s really a story about whether or not people are prepared to change and what is important enough for them to hang onto in a changing world And through it all, Grace grows.I highly recommend this read to people guys, you d probably like this book too high school and above There s some sexuality, but it s tastefully done and not explicit Grace lives a rather clean life and the book also teaches the stressed use of protection during sex It s fun, funny, serious, sad, emotional, and inspirational all between the cover of one book I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway @Download Pdf ⚪ Grace Grows ì Like many young women, Grace Barnum s life is a precarious mix of sensible choices and uncomfortable compromise She dutifully edits children s textbooks that she fears may be harmful than helpful She is engaged to a patent attorney with whom she has a reliable relationship She s wary of her fascinating father, a renowned New York painter, and she prefers her mother slightly drunkAlways organised, always a planner, Grace carries her life around in a handbag that is, until the responsibility challenged Tyler Wilkie shows up, with his warm eyes and a smile that makes Grace drop things Worst of all, he writes tender, loving, devastating songs about herTyler reaches something in Grace, something she needs, but can t admit to Something she wants, but won t succumb to Falling in love with him would ruin everything And yet I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and found myself thoroughly enjoying it I started out intrigued by the style choices when reading from Grace s point of view She may have been 27, but she didn t curse, didn t smoke, didn t talk dirty, was an all around innocent It made reading her character feel a lotlike this book was a Young Adult novel rather than an Adult Romance In fact, for the first quarter of the novel, Grace annoyed the bejeezus out of me she was just too perfectly I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways and found myself thoroughly enjoying it I started out intrigued by the style choices when reading from Grace s point of view She may have been 27, but she didn t curse, didn t smoke, didn t talk dirty, was an all around innocent It made reading her character feel a lotlike this book was a Young Adult novel rather than an Adult Romance In fact, for the first quarter of the novel, Grace annoyed the bejeezus out of me she was just too perfectly innocent It was unrealistic that she d made it to 27, from a mostly broken home, living in NYC and was still so Gods Damned Innocent It s like she made it into the adult world, but only by the skin of her teeth and her attitudes had never aged beyond her 16 year old self.However, Grace Grows was an appropriate title for the novel As Grace s life pulls a 360 and falls apart, and she actually starts to pull it apart so that she can make the changes in her life that she wants, I began to like herandAngsty, upset Grace was a muchbelievable, relatable, and understandable character It makes her stubborn and cranky and unsure of herself and she becomes a procrastinator Maybe I liked Grace when shit was hitting the fan because her coping mechanisms remind me a lot of my own completely nonexistent She tries to run away every time she s cornered into doing something good for herself that s going to hurt She refuses to leave her chair She cries for no reason and with no prompting Sure it s dramatic, but she s self conscious and hurting it was the way she coped with being forced to tear everything down to build it up that made me like her, made me think of myself Don t real good books make you put yourself in the main character s shoes Tyler, the love interest, is a sparkly perfect sexy new to the city dog walker that she meets on his first week in the city He s moved to New York to try to sell his music Slowly, but surely, he becomes a perfect rock star, with stalker fans and false news all over the internet While perhaps he is too perfect and has too few flaws, his and Grace s relationship is shown perfectly through Grace s eyes Her self consciousness comes out in thinking that he s sexually and socially over confident, which of course just makes her think that she couldn t possibly be good enough for the magic rock star Even his perfectness lack of flaws can be attributed to seeing him through Grace s eyes You know those boys that just make you want to crawl into yourself when they re at their most confident because then you can t feel good enough, not by a mile They may love the girl and they may never do anything to hurt her, but she can t see past her own issues That s Tyler and Grace.Looking for a good Beach Read This is perfect for that It s simply written, but engaging and hilarious I found myself giggling quite a few times Romance novels are not always my cup of tea, but this was a Romance and a Coming of Age all rolled into one It s sort of too bad that this doesn t come out until October, because it really would be a perfect summer read.I do see this book succeeding on the strength of the voice of Grace, and the strength and unique characters of the people she is surrounded by I received this book in advance through a Goodreads, first reads, giveaway It does not go on sale until October Very rarely do I give a book 5 5 stars I ve also never been a person that is drawn to stories of love However, this book deserved 5 stars as it truly was amazing From the moment I opened it I could not put it down When I wasn t reading it all I was thinking about was reading it It is the story of the ups and downs and the growth of a relationship and a woman One that many wil I received this book in advance through a Goodreads, first reads, giveaway It does not go on sale until October Very rarely do I give a book 5 5 stars I ve also never been a person that is drawn to stories of love However, this book deserved 5 stars as it truly was amazing From the moment I opened it I could not put it down When I wasn t reading it all I was thinking about was reading it It is the story of the ups and downs and the growth of a relationship and a woman One that many will be able to relate to When I first began reading it it had a familiar taste reminding me of David Nicholls One Day I even thought this is going to be a movie This makes sense as the author, Shelle Sumners, is also a screenwriter I highly recommend this book It s a great book to cuddle up to on a rainy day and will be a great book club read I can t wait for another book from Shelle Sumners I won this book on goodreads and was super excited to read it I was not disappointed Grace Grows grabbed me right from the beginning, and spun me through a roller coaster of emotions Grace is an editor and writer for a text book publisher, and lives with her long term boyfriend Steven As Steven is out of town a lot on business, Grace befriends the neighbors dog walker, Tyler Wilkie, who has just moved to the city in hopes of busting into the music business Grace, and her best friend Peg, ha I won this book on goodreads and was super excited to read it I was not disappointed Grace Grows grabbed me right from the beginning, and spun me through a roller coaster of emotions Grace is an editor and writer for a text book publisher, and lives with her long term boyfriend Steven As Steven is out of town a lot on business, Grace befriends the neighbors dog walker, Tyler Wilkie, who has just moved to the city in hopes of busting into the music business Grace, and her best friend Peg, have a great time showing Tyler around the city and attending his gigs at local bars Before long, Tyler is head over heels for Grace, writing her songs and calling at all times of day and night But she makes it very clear to him that they are strictly friends, and that she is taken Will Grace continue on with her so called Perfect Life or for once listen to her heart and make some big life altering changes Grace Barnum was at times a very annoying main character Sometimes I just wanted to knock her upside the head, and tell her to open her eyes I wanted to ask her why in the world she would do the stupid things she does through out the story She made me mad and frustrated But at the same time she was a very realistic character Not all women in their late 20 s are mature, grown up and well rounded in the dating world, even though we like to think we are Grace Grows made me laugh out loud, and even cry My chest at one point actually ached for both her and Tyler And, unlike most contemporary romances these days, Grace Grows took place through years rather than days or weeks I had a feeling of what would happen in the end, but with all the twists and turns Shelle Sumners took us on, I wasn t entirely sure I read this book deep into the night, as I had a very hard time putting it down and even though I never usually read ahead, this book forced me to take a peak into the future and then go back and continue reading That s how badly I wanted to know what would happen next, and if everything would turn out okay in the end It has been a long time since I ve read a good sized book 300 pages in less than a week Grace Grows is a novel that interested me as soon as I saw it I loved the cover, most of all, that s what drew me to it originally the two dogs with the man and woman holding on to them I love dogs, so y know, I loved the cover I also like novels where characters crash into people s lives I live the spontaneity that Tyler and Grace only met because he came to walk her neighbour s dogs one morning It s a brilliant idea for a novel I loved how Tyler and Grace just seemed to spark off each Grace Grows is a novel that interested me as soon as I saw it I loved the cover, most of all, that s what drew me to it originally the two dogs with the man and woman holding on to them I love dogs, so y know, I loved the cover I also like novels where characters crash into people s lives I live the spontaneity that Tyler and Grace only met because he came to walk her neighbour s dogs one morning It s a brilliant idea for a novel I loved how Tyler and Grace just seemed to spark off each other immediately and that Tyler, as a man child, had the spontaneity to write songs about Grace, to hang around with Grace even when Grace didn t really want him around For a long time, Tyler had this naivety to him that just totally blew me away I was as convinced as Grace that he was young, much younger than her, even though he wasn t.In parts, this novel took my breath away Like I said, the spark between Grace and Tyler was something else The intensity with which Tyler lived his life was just so all consuming The way he was just always there The way he didn t let Grace s coldness or hard shell get in the way of telling the truth about his feelings for her, even if she didn t reciprocate He was just so honest And I adored him He s the type of character that right from the get go you just love He was just so sweet natured Even when he swore, it just seemed odd coming from Tyler Wilkie s mouth The friction between Grace and Tyler was amazing I was sort of disappointed how that seemed to actually peter out as the novel wore on, strange as it is, and I will get to that in a bit.As for Grace I don t know how to talk about Grace Grace was an enigma I suppose She understandably didn t acknowledge her feelings for Tyler right away, which is fair enough, but at times I found her to be a bit disengaged A bit cold She had flashes of warmth, but for the most part I found it hard to engage with her She was a bit of a cold fish, in truth Obviously she was scarred from what occurred during her childhood, growing up with just her mom and with an estranged until her teen years father, but I just wanted Grace to just let go Be less uptight To care less I think it speaks volumes that the first character I chose to talk about was Tyler, and not Grace who is our main character It was Tyler who kept me reading, not Grace.The plot of Grace Grows was great, the writing was goodEmily Giffin than Sophie Kinsella, and yes, Emily and Sophie s writing styles do differ, believe me and overall I liked the book However, instead of going for the big Chick Lit ending we all know and love I do, anyway , where there s a big fight or something similar and then a declaration of love and then The End, instead it s different Something else occurs during the last third of the novel that just it sort of petered out I wanted my shout y showdown between Tyler and Grace and the big I love you s and stuff I like my endings like that I like the warm feeling it gives and the sense of relief that it s all worked out The ending wasn t bad, don t get me wrong, and it was kind of satisfying, but it all just felt a bit too perfect I was, in total honesty, waiting for the ball to drop I felt certain that it was all just too engineered, if I m being totally honest I d definitely recommend the novel, it was a solid read, I just found the ending to be not to my tastes It sounds strange to complain about it, really, as I m usually whinging about there not being enough of an ending most of the time, but well, as it turns out, I like my not enough endings, clearly Grace Grows is a great debut novel, and I can t wait to see what Shelle Sumners brings us next I won this book as a giveaway through Goodreads First Reads I was really excited, the synopsis sounded good, and I really wanted to like it Unfortunately, I can t say that I did like it It ended up boring me and I was in a rush for it to be over Grace Barnum is a practical, somewhat dull textbook editor, living in New York City with her dull, practical fiance She hates her job, doesn t know how to navigate her relationships with her famous artist father and tough as nails mom but she has a I won this book as a giveaway through Goodreads First Reads I was really excited, the synopsis sounded good, and I really wanted to like it Unfortunately, I can t say that I did like it It ended up boring me and I was in a rush for it to be over Grace Barnum is a practical, somewhat dull textbook editor, living in New York City with her dull, practical fiance She hates her job, doesn t know how to navigate her relationships with her famous artist father and tough as nails mom but she has a few loyal friends and life seems okay Until Tyler Wilkie shows up He s everything Grace isn t reckless, wild, and not afraid to take a chance Tyler s just arrived in NYC to pursue his music career and he quickly becomes Grace s best friend The only problem is, Tyler has no qualms about openly admitting he s in love with Grace and Grace, against her own wishes, is starting to fall for him The main problem with the book was the poor quality of the writing Shelle Sumners tried to have a distinctive voice but it ended up feeling forced and gimmicky For example, she had numerous sentences that weren t actually sentences but sentence fragments, thrown willy nilly throughout the text She d be writing about a party and randomly write, Jazz band And this sort of writing pervaded the novel To me it was very off putting The dialogue was stilted and the characters were constantly saying unnatural things that people don t really say It felt fake Sumners also had a tendency to be unnecessarily crude, in a too much information kind of way She would have Grace the narrator say for no apparent reason that wearing a thong felt like flossing her butt Gross.The main characters were utterly annoying Grace spent most of her time correcting Tyler s grammar and over analyzing everything She was neurotic and not in a lovable way Tyler was brash and overwhelming and he didn t feel like a romantic lead I really liked Grace s dad and a few other supporting characters The book was just way too littered with Grace s mental rants and there were too many pages of song lyrics that Tyler wrote for Grace Yes, Tyler was a musician but all the songs said the same thing so a couple of them would have been enough to get the point across Instead there were eight songs, written out in full throughout the novel and it definitely slowed things down Paraphrasing a few would have beenappropriate I wouldn t recommend Grace Grows It was a novel that couldn t decide if it was humorous chick lit or bed banging romance Sumner s attempts at humor fell flat and I didn t care enough about the characters to care about their romance He shook my shoulder gently Come on Why does everyone always expect me to do all the singing You are the professional Please, this is why I married you So I d sing to you in bed Certainly I feel so cheap And I like it Shelle Sumners, Grace GrowsThis book is humorous, serious and interesting to read from the beginning to the end.What I have liked the most about this book is its theme the psychological impact of growing up with, in this case without, two unhappy parents on their He shook my shoulder gently Come on Why does everyone always expect me to do all the singing You are the professional Please, this is why I married you So I d sing to you in bed Certainly I feel so cheap And I like it Shelle Sumners, Grace GrowsThis book is humorous, serious and interesting to read from the beginning to the end.What I have liked the most about this book is its theme the psychological impact of growing up with, in this case without, two unhappy parents on their children And, the author has so logically presented the irrational fears of Grace about falling in love, that the readers are bound to empathize with her.I have fallen in love with the character of Tyler He is funny, kind, patient and in Grace s words, unselfish I am not sure how many guys, in reality, would tolerate such irrational behaviors from the girl they love.It is good to read how Grace gradually breaks the mentel shackles of her fear of loving and trusting a man.The author has beautifully written a romantic novel without boring the readers with psychological issues of Grace.I have really loved this book Originally reviewed here AngievilleI received a pitch for this book a few months back and dithered around on it a bit before deciding to give it a shot But I had to wait, of course, for the right moment And that moment came the other night after putting everyone to bed and coming off a rather unsatisfying read the night before It helped that I haven t really read any true chick lit for awhile What didn t help was the cover and the title Nope Not representative of the book at all, as far Originally reviewed here AngievilleI received a pitch for this book a few months back and dithered around on it a bit before deciding to give it a shot But I had to wait, of course, for the right moment And that moment came the other night after putting everyone to bed and coming off a rather unsatisfying read the night before It helped that I haven t really read any true chick lit for awhile What didn t help was the cover and the title Nope Not representative of the book at all, as far as I m concerned So if you re put off by either, don t leave yet Because I settled in with GRACE GROWS and did not surface again until I had finished it The thing is it made me laugh right off the bat In fact, I d read a passage aloud to my husband before I was three chapters in a sure sign I m enjoying a book immensely If he has to hear a bit of it aloud as I am reading it, then he knows I m in it for the long haul Turns out GRACE GROWS is so readable and engrossing that the long haul felt very short indeed That s not to say that it s without its problems On the contrary, it has it s fair share But I haven t been able to get it out of my head since finishing So let s discuss the highs and lows and see where we wind up, shall we Grace Barnum yes, like the circus is comfortable She has a live in boyfriend she s been with for awhile now She has a job that keeps her busy and a pleasantly distant relationship with both of her parents who have been estranged ever since she was a little girl She has friends to go out with on the weekends and time to herself to sit in the Cloisters and recharge her batteries, so to speak Everything s fine Really But then one morning on her way to work, she meets a dog walker outside her building who changes everything Or wrecks everything It all depends on your point of view But one thing is for sure, this sometime dog walker, full time up and coming musical sensation has no intention of exiting Grace s life Which presents problems on several levels for peace and quiet loving Grace, because she can t seem to let go of theirfriendshipeither And it s messing with her mojo, seeing as Ty is as chaotic and charismatic and fun loving as Grace is steady and quiet and set in her ways But Tyler Wilkie is dead set on two things in his life getting famous and getting Grace Which presents a problem for her nice, normal boyfriend who suddenly seems to be heading toward fiance territory And so time passes and the two of them circle and reach out to each other and drift away and come together again in a kind of excruciating cycle neither of them know how to break Until the strength of their connection forces them to act, that is And then things get evencomplicated.Like I said, I started laughing immediately and didn t stop Shelle Sumners has a wonderfully dry and lively wit and it sparkled in Grace s interactions with Tyler, with her friends and co workers, and with her inexplicable parents I cared for her right away In fact, I cared about every single character in this book They are each of them delineated carefully and thoughtfully, and while the bulk of my emotions were tied up in Grace and Ty s relationship, I was attached to each of the secondary characters as well Which is why the whole messy, beautiful thing meant so much to me, I think And why it was so clenchingly painful when the course of true love did not run smooth And let me tell you, it really, really doesn t I can understand why some reviewers want to kick Grace to the curb about two thirds of the way through She brings the pain, this girl does She s been the recipient of her fair share of it as well, and for that and her parents dysfunction I cut her some slack But that doesn t mean it isn t difficult to watch her sabotage Tyler s happiness and her own, of course in such desperate ways And since Tyler is about as adorable as a basket of puppies, it swell, it s hard to watch But the dream of them is so compelling, I did I watched it right through to the very end.I reached up and tapped him on the shoulder He turned Hi, I said Hey he said It s you He gave me that radiant smile and the gawk factor inexplicably transferred from him to me Suddenly he was grace, and I wasn t You re shorter than this morning, he said Oh, yes My face was getting warm Annoying I had on those tall shoes Yeah, they were pointy Yes, I was trying to well, I don t usually dress like that He nodded It looked hot, but painful This, their second meeting, is an incredibly simple passage, I know But it really does give you a feel for Ty s easy charm and Grace s awkward honesty when she s around him There s no denying their chemistry This is one of those protracted relationships It develops over years And nothing, but nothing, resolves when you want it to Honestly, I did come to tire of the never ending passing like ships in the night Similarly, I wish the plot point that finally forces them to act was not what it was It took away from the payoff for me I wish Grace had found the courage to take control of what lay between them without it, and I wish we d been allowed to spend a littletime with Grace and Tyler before their fragile little entity was overwhelmed by life and the consequences of the long string of decisions both bad and good that brought them where they are That said I really cared, you guys I really cared It hurt reading this book It hurt and tickled and irritated and delighted Recommended for fans of Liza Palmer and Kate Saunders