I remember the lights.
I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.
I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.
But then everything changed.
He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.
I remember the lights.
The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.
They symbolized everything I endured that summer.
And everything I would never face again.
I saw this gorgeous cover as I opened my mail. And I wanted to know more! I didn’t really know what to expect going into Kandi Steiner’s Weightless, but she blew me away.
As soon as I cracked the book open and started to read I was hooked. I was swept away into the life of Natalie. This is a hard book to review because I would like everyone to have the same blind experience I did and be able to live through it on their own with their own backgrounds and thoughts informing them. So I will only tell a little. That blurb, that prologue hooked me and it was sitting in the back of my mind throughout the book. Constantly questioning what had happened and when would I see it in the story. Well, let me tell you, when it did – it was not at all what I was expecting. Weightless had fascinating twists and turns built into the story that kept you from knowing exactly what was going to transpire.
Natalie has just gotten out of a 2 year relationship and she is having a hard time coping. Toss in that all these people that she used to think were her friends, are now treating her differently. Sh chooses to drown her sorrows as many of us do, by eating her feelings. Tat is until she realizes that people are commenting on her weight. When She agrees to take matters in her own hands she starts to see a trainer at her club. Her trainer is the gorgeous, dangerous and mysterious Rhodes.
Before you think that this is a book that says you need to be thin and beautiful to have people like you – let me say that is not the case. That would be something I wouldn’t be able to relate to at all nor would I endorse. Rather this is a story of someone learning to see herself as others do and growing into herself, becoming comfortable with herself – both outside and inside. And also the growth of Rhodes as he learns those very same lessons. These are issues that we can all relate with on some level. It doesn’t need to be that you share an issue with weight – trust me I have the exact opposite issue, desperately needing to gain weight to survive – but that you will understand not always seeing yourself in the best light. And as we have all grown up we have begun the journey to discover who we truly are and love ourselves for that. THAT is the message in this book.
This is a beautiful story – of strength, learning to love oneself and love. It is a true coming of age story… where the characters are learning about themselves, each other and growing up. However it also has its hot and steamy moments as well.
I urge you to read this book. Not only is the message great, but the writing and storyline are phenomenal. Kandi Steiner is an author to watch!
I received a complimentary copy of Weightless in exchange for my honest review.
Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.
Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).
When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.