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Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper Review

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Welcome to this book review !
I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.

This was one of my most anticipated release of the year, while it did not become "my favourite book of all time" I did have a great time reading it.
I was hooked from the first page, the main character Cal felt real and I had a great time reading about him and his drive to "fix things". His journalism and the NASA aspect really kept me invested in the story.
This book focuses on familial relationship, I loved the way the author included anxiety and rash decision making by having the parents (mother and father respectively), also how Cal  had to go through moving away and being away from his best friend.
The romance was enjoyable, I loved how Cal learned that he could not fix people, through his relationship with Leon and his (Leon's) depression. There is fighting and messes, but he learns to listen to people and ultimately this helps him grow as a person.
I also loved the representation of social media and of the impact/influence it has on us.

Now for what I didn't enjoy is how self centered Cal was, he seemed super realistic at moments and other times would do a complete 160 which made for moments in the story where I couldn't understand why he would've made such actions/reacted in certain ways. The Orpheus mission to space definitely stole the spotlight, in my opinion, from what the main character was going through. I went in wanting a romance and the best part of the book was the NASA mission, even then it felt like if not for it the story would've been seemingly boring at times. That's not to say that I did not enjoy it, because I certainly did. But I expected more.

If you are a fan of space and vloggers I would recommend picking this up.

overall good, but nothing blew me away or made me want to re-read moments of it.

3.5/5 stars

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