Finished The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.”
This is such a sweet, fun book. It centers around journalism (which I love) and science (which I…love much less). It’s a earnest book, and I mean that in the best way. It wears its heart on its sleeve (pages?) and is one of the best love stories I’ve read in a long time. Best of all, it deals with mental health issues (Leon has depression and Cal has some anxiety). I love the way that pop culture is dealing with this now. It’s not any different from having diabetes or any other disease.
Cal and Leon are a great pair. They bring out the best in each other. It’s a little Instalove, but I was absolutely charmed by them.