Review of The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Seventeen-year-old Cal is famous on social media, from his New York City updates, to talking about elections and the NASA mission to Mars.  He is uprooted from his life in Brooklyn when his dad is selected to be a part of the mission.  Cal and his parents then move to Houston, Texas, to live with the other astronauts and their families.  While a TV show tries to sensationalize the mission, Cal meets fellow astrokids, Leon and Kat.  Cal falls for Leon, hard, and with the cameras rolling, and the mission in jeopardy, Cal has to figure out a way to keep everything from falling apart. 

The Gravity of Us was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020.  Phil Stamper has created a touching story about a new relationship between two boys while showing the impact social media can have, and the harm that clickbait news sources can bring.  Through Cal, Phil stamper shows how mental illness can look from the outside when it affects the people we care about, how we can’t “fix” them, but how we can help them by being there for them.  What’s more, Phil sheds light on the Space Race of the 60’s, tearing down the idea that it was all glamour and parties as portrayed by the media at the time.   

Read it for: MM romance, NASA and space talk, the commentary on social media and sensationalized “news”, and the look back at the 1960’s Space Race.

Read: 2/10/2020-2/16/2020
Release date: February 4th, 2020
Page count: 314
Rating: ★★★★
Genre: Contemporary and LGBT
Audience: Young Adult

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