The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 2/4/20-2/17/20

How I Found It: Instagram

Okay, after probably one of the worst illnesses of my life, I FINALLY finished this masterpiece. When I first saw the cover for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Initially, I was reading through it super fast, and then life happened. When I finally felt like picking it back up, I read it kinda slowly just to get it done. I would love to reread it without getting really sick in the middle, because I genuinely think this is a good book, but it could be so much better without a week break in the middle.

Cal Lewis Jr. wants to be a journalist. He runs a live stream on FlashFrame where he talks about what is going on in New York City. But soon his life gets completely turned around when he has to move to Houston, TX so his dad could be an astronaut, literally. The worst part, he would have to give up his FlashFrame streams in order to be on the astronaut reality show on StarWatch. But Cal is not going to go down without a fight, and he begins fighting back against StarWatch and the perfect fantasy they are trying to project.

Within that fantasy is Leon. His mom is a future rocket pilot, and often he feels like he has to go back to gymnastics in order to be good enough for his family. Soon Cal and Leon dive into their attraction to each other, but both have to learn how to be the person that the other needs. Told through an incredible prose, this book truly is a feel good book that I hope will be a movie one day.

My one issue with this book is that I felt like things didn’t move all that quickly. In some ways, it felt like we didn’t see the relationship because they were mentally preparing to be in a relationship for the majority of the book, but I also appreciated how mental health was portrayed throughout the book. It is kinda a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” moment, and I’m not sure if I could be 100% happy with this book, but that may also be because I was away from it for so long (I’m trying to be as fair as I can). I would ultimately give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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