To start, I have to say thank you to Kennedy Ryan for writing this story. GRIP is so many things, it touches on so many things. Things that are so relevant to the world we are currently living in. This story is real, above all else, it’s real. Told from both Bristol and Grip’s perspective it not just touches on, but shines a light on the difference in their upbringings and their mindsets as they navigate their lives and their relationship. And readers can relate; maybe not to all things, but at least to some. Whether its being distant with your parents or extremely close, growing up with money or without, never stepping outside of your social circle or having a variety of friends, never receiving parental approval or always having it, but both vying for their support in all things. Bristol and Grip face many of the same challenges and struggles, but in different ways and Kennedy Ryan does a beautiful job of writing it. This story also takes ownership of personal decisions and fears, how they hurt the ones we love and, ultimately, may cost us what we love. Whether its being afraid of turning into your mother or afraid of disappointing your mother, it’s real life.
While this book is giving the reader all of this in its wonderfully written words, its also touching not just on an interracial couple and the challenges they face, but on racial issues happening right now in the U.S. The art of which Kennedy Ryan writes, its not preaching or taking sides or pointing fingers. First, this book is a love story about two adults who make mistakes and get controlled by fear and anger, but still fight to come out the other side with the person they love. And they just happen to be different races. Second, this book is a narrative of conversations that need to and should be happening to effect change. Real change. With respect, understanding and recognizing the differences and problems Bristol and Grip are able to talk, really talk and meet in the middle.
Overall, I think this is a book for everyone. I’m very honored to have been asked to read an ARC and I was very moved by the story. It has made me think a bit differently and become a bit more open minded. It also has one of my favorite lines of a man describing his attraction to a woman – “I don’t care what color a girl is. I like the color of smart, the shade of funny, and sexy is my favorite hue.” Again, thank you.
**ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke…though she’s always trying to quit. She adores her husband…who she’ll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she’s devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.
And she writes love stories!