Title: LETTING GO OF GRAVITY
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.
Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.
Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.
Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.
And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.
But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.
Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.
That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.
A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering ‘I got you’ long after you’ve closed the book.” –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus
“A poignant and carefully crafted story…. A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal
“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly
Wow, I loved this book.
I remember reading Meg Leder’s debut, The Museum of Heartbreak, and loving that, so when I saw she was coming out with another book, I had to read it – I had to experience all the emotions that Meg Leder puts into her books, along with characters that you will never forget.
This book was so amazing. From the very first page, I was just hooked, and I couldn’t put it down. It was so beautifully written and there was so much in terms of emotion and the characters – oh wow.
The story in Letting Go of Gravity is such a good one – it’s pure, raw emotion that is just everything I want in a contemporary YA novel. It was perfectly paced and had such a writing style that drew me in from the first page. The story was so complex and character driven and it was the kind that you want to wrap yourself up in because you can’t get enough of it.
I loved the characters – I always love a slow building romance in a book, and I love books that deal with family, so I was so thrilled that I got both of these things wrapped into this neat little novel.
If you read Meg Leder’s previous novel, you have to read this one. I think I liked this one even more than The Museum of Heartbreak, and that was one that I have reread several times now. This book has definitely won a spot on the favorites shelf in my house. There is just so much talent present in Letting Go of Gravity in a lot of different ways.
Note: I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.
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