Author: Kandi Steiner
Publication: June 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Rating: 5 stars
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.
If there was ever a novel that I connected with, Weightless would be it. Kandi Steiner was a new author to me when I one-clicked this book. That cover caught my attention. It was breathtaking and the blurb was intriguing.
” My mom always told me that before I could love anyone else, I’d have to learn to love myself. But I didn’t believe that anymore. I was beginning to realize it takes a special heart — one stronger than our own — loving us for us to realize that maybe there’s something there worth loving, after all. Maybe it was about finding love in the one person who loved you before you had the chance to love yourself.”
Eighteen-year-old Natalie has just graduated high school. She’s undecided on what she wants to do with her life, and has just experienced her first heartbreak. Her boyfriend of two years, Mason, is now dating the “prettier, skinnier new girl in town.” She’s also unhappy with her weight, something I completely understand and work on myself. So, her mother suggests attending the country club for training sessions with a personal trainer, Rhodes.
‘And it was in that moment that I realized Rhodes was like lightning. White hot and electric, but fleeting and dangerous. Beautiful to watch, but perilous to touch.’
Rhodes helps Natalie start her journey. He’s pretty aloof towards Natalie at first. Honestly, it took a while for me to warm up to Rhodes. He was very hot and cold with Natalie. At one point, he’d be “friendly” and then the next he’d be very curt. I tried to keep in mind that he didn’t have the greatest childhood. He had secrets of his own, but as the story continued to unfold, he slowly grew on me. He sees Natalie for who she is on the inside, and there were some sweet, swoon worthy moments that ended up coming from him.
“You’re weightless. The world hasn’t touched you yet. You’re not heavy with the weight of pain, and guilt, and selfishness…You’re light. Don’t ever lose that. Don’t let the world weigh you down like them.” He shifted, looking away. “Like me.”
My favorite part of the story was witnessing Natalie’s journey, the confidence she builds, and learning to be comfortable in her own skin. It was refreshing to experience a character that goes through similar struggles like myself. Weightless was such a beautifully written, heart-aching, angst filled coming of age story about finding one’s self–a story I think many women could relate to.
About the Author
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.