Cal wants to be a journalist, and he’s already well underway with almost half a million followers on his FlashFame app and an upcoming internship at Buzzfeed. But his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a highly-publicized NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for hot and humid Houston.
With the entire nation desperate for any new information about the astronauts, Cal finds himself thrust in the middle of a media circus. Suddenly his life is more like a reality TV show, with his constantly bickering parents struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”
And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels–and fast. They become an oasis for each other amid the craziness of this whole experience. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
The Gravity of Us wasn’t on my radar until I signed up for Libro.fm as an educator. I was in the market for something light and relatively fluffy as a counterpoint to my reading of Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Imbram X. Kendi.
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Finished The Gravity of Us. #SNRtbs I im a sucker for a good love story, so I was totally here for this book. Cal's a journalist in New York city with a huge social media following when his father becomes an astronaut and moves the family to Texas. Cal covers NASA and the project to send astronauts to Mars. It demonstrates how youth use social media to get their news (as well as their entertainment) from social media platforms. Leon is Cal's love interest, the son of one of the other astronauts. Their romance is cute, though not without conflict. What I loved about their relationship was that it started with boundaries. Cal wants to fix things for everyone, Leon included, and Leon won't let him. If you're in the market for a cute romance, here you go. #stickynotereviews