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Letting Go of Gravity

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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 bet
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
"What's your message to the world today?" I ask Finn.
"You are here," he replies.

this wasn't a perfect book at all but how it tugs at my rusty heartstrings and i just really need a box of tissues right now **cue intense overwhelmed sobs**
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Parker and her twin bother, Charlie, were once very close, but Charlie's cancer became a wedge, which slowly, but surely, pushed them apart.

One of the things I really loved about this book was Leder's exploration of how Charlie's cancer affected the whole family. Because their parents were so consumed with worry for Charlie, Parker took it upon herself to be the perfect child. She kept a low profile and out of trouble, while excelling academically, earning herself a scholarship
Hanne T
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hanne by: Hailey Hudson
another book rec from Hailey, another book rec that made me cry

this book gave me I'll Give You the Sun vibes, with the twins and the summer plans and the art and the amazing secondary characters. All of it was beautiful and I loved it more than anything.
the underlying message was amazing as well; it spoke super strongly to me and I feEL Parker so hard w/the being the doctor thing
and letting go
bc I'm bad at doing that too
and AAHH
it was so beautiful and I loved it

docked 1 star bc of the langua
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemp, netgalley
*I am participating in the blog tour for this book - I received an e-ARC for that, but it didn't change my opinion for it at all!*

4.5 crowns

Wow. Okay, tbh, I picked this book because I thought it would be a nice fluffy read about twins and, like, idk twin things? I thought there would be a few feels, but mostly I was just in my contemporary zone, ready to get in my summer mood. What I got? A book that made me cry on the treadmill, the most relatable main character that I've ever read that felt l
KristynRene SwissCheese JellyBean
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018arc, dnf
Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honest is what I will offer you.

DNF at 1/3 of the book, 1.5/5 Stars.

September 5th, 2016 I lost my twin brother in a car wreck. I know what the literal loss of a twin feels like. The ins and outs of grief. I wholly believed this book would give me some sort of affirmation.

Instead, this book told the stories of caricature versions of people I couldn’t tolerate reading more about. My twin brother was outgoing and charismatic, very
Hailey Hudson
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hello unexpected emotions. I got an ARC of this on Twitter (it's already out but #cheapbooks amirite) and had zero idea what it was about, but I loved it. It made me cry. I'm such a sucker for summer stories and for sibling stories, and this was both. I love Finn and his street art; I love Trina and the old ladies at the pottery place. And I so relate to Charlie's anger in healing and Parker's panic attacks and a family that's been torn apart by medical issues and by not talking about what's und ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, made-me-cry
4.5 stars. This book gave me so much more than I expected, and even if I hated the snitch main character a lil bit, i still enjoyed the story. Also: it made me cry a LOT more than I wanted to? Might have just been hella emotional at the time of the reading, but I was always tearing up for no reason reading this
Parker McCullough has just graduated as valedictorian of her class, but the moment is bittersweet.

Instead of her twin brother, Charlie, sitting with the rest of their graduating class he is nowhere to be seen. It is a bittersweet day for him as well, as all of his friends and his sister are moving on with their lives, but he will remain in high school after having to skip his senior year to fight leukemia once more. The twin’s relationship has struggled for quite some time, never fully recoveri
Dec 09, 2016 marked it as 2018
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, possess, e-book
“I like thinking of time that way—that it’s a little more fluid in Spanish. Like maybe to start thinking about the future, you need to think about the possibility in the right now, you know?”

Okay, so I originally read and reviewed this book for a blog tour (you can find my initial thoughts here ), but I couldn't definitively express my overall feelings. There were things I enjoyed about the book, but there were also a lot of things that really got underneath my skin. What was my solution? Rea
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Summary: Charlie and Parker are twins that are complete opposites. Charlie is carefree while Parker is anxious. Charlie is the popular life of the party while Parker is the studious valedictorian. Charlie had leukemia and Parker was healthy. Charlie’s illness shaped Parker’s childhood and helped her decide on a future. Parker was going to get into Harvard and become a doctor to save sick kids just like her brother. But now that is Cha
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me all the feels! I laughed out loud, I ugly-cried, I had moments of fear, anger and frustration. Thank you, Meg Leder, for sharing this beautiful story and it's characters with the world. You have an amazing gift and talent for creating a bond between reader and character that i have not experienced in a long time...dare I say, since John Green. This is the kind of book you want to take a sick day from work to just lay in bed and read all day. I was quite upset at having to be pa ...more
Jennifer Y.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Letting Go of Gravity was an unexpected surprise...I mean that in a good way, I promise. I was a little worried I’d be a sobbing mess by the end of the story after reading the blurb and considering the subject matter, but surprisingly I smiled as much as I cried reading this one, if not more.

The main focus of the story are fraternal twins Parker and Charlie, individuals who couldn’t be more different. A recent high school graduate, Parker is an introverted, people-pleaser who has her life planne
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway!

So so good. I finished this in two late nights of reading because I just couldn't put it down. There were so many life issues and feelings packed into this book, and they were all written in such a lovely way. The plot chugged along so smoothly and it seemed like I was living alongside these amazing characters.

I felt like I was punched in the gut multiple times and was definitely hit in the chest with
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases, e-arc

"What would it be like to do something not because you had to, but just because you wanted to?"

Letting Go of Gravity starts with a story of a gravity girl and a helium girl that grandma used to tell twins Charlie McCullough and Parker McCullough. This story represented Charlie who wants to fly and Parker who won't let go.

Parker is Harvard bound and she's the valedictorian of her class. After learning Charlie has Leukemia, Parker wants to be a pediatric oncologist. She has a prestigious inter
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
The only reason this book is getting 2 stars, is because of Ruby.

I could not stand Charlie in this book! Every time he said something rude or mean to Parker, it made me VERY uncomfortable. There was no reason for him to act like such a jerk.

I think this book was hard for me to read because I'm so close with my family, so when Charlie treated Parker so cruelly and Parker continuously lied to her parents seems to me, extremely bizarre.

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Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I worked with Meg many years ago and still consider her a friend.

That said, I didn’t expect to like this book. I’m more of a sci-fi guy who will dive into a literary novel if enough people I respect rave about it. I think The Goldfinch was the last novel I read that fell into the latter category.

But I liked the excerpt Meg read at the signing I went to, and then I liked the first few pages, and then I was hooked.

It’s almost a tired cliche to say the characters “come alive,” b
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that are fun. Then, there are some books you need.

I needed this book.

I got the ARC at YALLWest in the hurried frenzy that is "idk that cover looks nice" and "I don't know what I'm in line for except that it's a book," which means I went into this with no preconceived notions except for a love of the title and the knowledge it was about twins and cancer and I hoped it wasn't another TFIOS.

It's not. This isn't a cancer story. It's not even a "this isn't a cancer story it's my
Lindsey (Lindseyybooks) Swindlehurst
I received this as an EARC from netgelly for an honest review. I gave this a 4/5 stars. I did not expect this book to pack such a punch like it did but I'm glad it did. The story was written beautifully and I cried a lot. The only problem I had was that I hated Charles character and it made me enjoy the story less even though I think he's the way he is for a reason . Overall I really enjoyed it and highly recommend. ...more
Carolyn Elaine
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlie and Parker are twins. Charlie is the brave one, and Parker is the scared one. Charlie seems to leave Parker behind, but he always comes back for her. Charlie got cancer, and Parker didn't.

Parker feels guilt for not getting cancer, for being the healthy one. To make up for it, she has decided to go to Harvard and become a pediatric oncologist. Is this really what Parker wants?

Meeting Ruby, an enthusiastic girl, and Finn, her former friend, helps Parker to realize maybe she needs to just
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Rosemary
Cover Story: Put a Bird On It
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: School of Sarah Dessen
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Relationship Status: Just My Type

Read the full book report here.
Paige D
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-2-week-books
This book is a great example of the classic expression,follow your heart. Parker is all caught up in trying to save her brother she never thinks about what she wants for herself and what her brother wants for her. There are many tough decisions along the way and many hard moments for her, but everything ties itself together.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that was a fast yet meh read. I don't think I wanted to read this in the first place but I did and I don't regret it, I just didn't enjoy it. ...more
Eden Smith
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-sydney
A real, thought provoking book about what it means to find yourself without someone or something else. 15/10 would recommend.
Tasiah Corp
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book!!!! Recommended! Just has a lot of swearing in the book, but overall a good book!
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I didn't like Charlie. ...more
Katie Schaaf
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took my breath away at times. I saw myself in Parker and it made me love it even more. Absolutely amazing, 10/10
sydney smith
what a beautiful book. what a beautiful heartbreaking yet heartwarming story, that teaches us how to fly. "And I'm floating in a most peculiar way, And the stars look very different today" ...more
Jenni Frencham
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leder, Meg. Letting Go of Gravity. Simon Pulse, 2018.

Charlie and Parker are twins, but that's where their similarities end. Charlie has had leukemia twice and is now in remission, although he has one more year of high school to finish. Parker has just graduated first in her class, has an elite internship at the local hospital, and is headed to Harvard where she will be studying to be a pediatric oncologist. As Charlie and Parker clash throughout one summer, each must confront what others expect
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A former bookseller and teacher, Meg Leder currently works as a book editor in New York City. Her role models are Harriet the Spy and Anne Shirley. She is the coauthor of The Happy Book, and spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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