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The Center of the Universe

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows ...more
Hardcover, 506 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by KCP Loft
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Doesn’t it feel amazing to read a 500-page book that reads more like a 300-page one? Also, this is what I do at university when I have lots of upcoming exams: I finish big books in less than three days. Yay, me! Nay, my grades!

But really, it was a pleasure opening this one and meeting the heroine, Grace Carter, as well as her dysfunctional family. This is a family drama through and through as well as a mystery. Grace Carter’s mother disappears and Grace’s family—herself included—is trying to do
Emer (A Little Haze)
I breezed through this book in less than a day because it was just so enthralling. The story hooked me from page one. It's a book all about the relationships between mothers and daughters and examines it through the eyes of teenage Grace Carter.

Grace is such an interesting character in that she feels very ordinary. And I don't mean that in any negative manner but so frequently in YA the leading character is of the 'special snowflake' variety but Grace just felt very authentic. Yes she had a pas
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2019, canada
One of the best YA books I have read this year.

I started the book expecting a mystery, but it isn't central to the novel (actually, it isn't something you can figure out and it gets resolved quite quickly). The book is much more about the relationships we create with people around us and how they change and develop over time.

Grace, the main character is extremely likeable- curious, observant, non-assuming. I found her very relatable, although my own family is nothing like hers, and astronomy i
Elizabeth Tasker
I am Grace Carter's hero.

It's all true! Grace is a 17 year old with an ambition to become an astrophysicist. During her story, she meets Elizabeth Tasker (that's totally me, in case you weren't paying attention), attends several talks by her and chats about the future. Being in a book is possibly even stranger than seeing your own book in print for the first time: it's kinda crazy. (And also explains why I have an advanced copy!)

But Grace's story is not in fact about how she meets me. Grace's m
Kimberly Dawn
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Grace Carter is the daughter of GG Carter, a national news anchor, and the granddaughter of Patricia, a semi-famous movie actress.

Grace feels she doesn’t measure up to the public’s expectations of a daughter of GG’s. While GG is thin and blonde, Grace is solid, awkward, with dark hair.

For the past several years, Grace has been perpetuating and accentuating the differences between GG and herself, pretending it is her choice to be different.
Soon it is true.

Although she has no
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE by Ria Voros in exchange for my honest review.***


Budding astrophysicist Grace has never connected with her mother GG, a TV anchor. Then GG disappears, presumed kidnapped and Grace learns she knows even less about her mother than she realizes.

I know I’ve read a fabulous story when after over 500 pages, I still want more. I read CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE in one day, needing to know GG’s fate and Grace’s od
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
It has been a while since Ria Voros has had a new YA novel. I read her White Pine nominated title, The Opposite of Geek a few years ago and it had a really unique format and wonderful writing. I am looking forward to reading this mystery that has some science and romance as well.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
The writing of this book really worked for me - the short chapters and beautiful writing. The book is supposed to be 500 pages, but it felt like around 300 - a real quick read, where there was quite a lot of happening. Nevertheless, the book needs a few trigger warnings for abuse, kidnapping etc.

The plot of the book was actually quite interesting. I haven't read many books where one of the parents go missing, so i was really fascinated by it. It was also written very well and the motive and most
I almost DNFed this book, but I'm glad I didn't.
It drags at the beginning, but I really liked the characters and I was curious enough about the romance brewing between Grace and Mylo that I kept reading.
It's an interesting story and it's executed well. The writing is good, it flows quite well, despite the pacing being slow in the first half of the book, it still keeps your attention. The characters are well-developed, and the relationship between Grace and her mom GG is intriguing throughout. I
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: This book had so many things that I loved: girls in STEM, awesome friendships, mystery, and interesting characters. The STEM element was excellent and the space stuff was so interesting. Maybe it’s just because I think astronomy is fascinating, but I liked it a lot. But what was really cool was that the author also consulted with an actual astrophysicist!

Elizabeth Tasker, w
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I think this book really did have the potential for greatness, if only it wasn't so heckin long.

But overall I really did enjoy it!!

I am a huge fan of any book about astronomy, so I really appreciated Grace's character and her fascination with outer space. She really looks up to Elizabeth Tasker, and I thought the way that was incorporated into the story was really cool!

I love Milo so much thooooooooooo he's honestly the sweetest 😍😍😍

And there were some really interesting family dynamics which wer
Ramisa (sentrancedbookworm) Chowdhury
Thank you Netgalley for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Like every other kid, I was awed by the amazing-ness of our universe. Every fact was super interesting and I loved learning about it. But while growing up, I got so engrossed by our modern life that I forgot about those details and this book just made me remember them.

The center of the universe is about Grace Carter whose mother GG goes missing one day. GG is a famous journalist and a favourite amongs
Seema Rao
Engrossing ~ Bittersweet ~ Relatable

tl; dr: Teen deals with mother's kidnapping while also dealing with her mommy issues and love issues.

This story took a number of surprising turns. I expected a fairly regular YA book but ended up getting something sort of psychological. At points, you feel stressed for the main character, surely a good sign the writer has constructed a relatable story. The astronomy angle, the MC's chief interest, felt a little contrived at parts. But, the relationship betwee
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

The Center of the Universe was an amazing all-around read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, and always looked forward to picking it up again. Typically, I try to do housework while the kids take their naps, but this week I've been staying in their room long after they've fallen asleep,
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Considering i am well past the target age for this book I was surprised at how much I really found it to be a story I just could not put down. It is not only a movie worthy plot ,it's thought provoking and intelligently written .If someone is smart enough to screen play this ,it needs to have narration from young Graces perspective with actual text from the novel itself. I really loved all the characters ( except of course one ) since I felt they were all "real" people and I could actually be li ...more
The Center of the Universe is an fascinating YA contemporary novel about growing up, about family, about love and friendship, about horrible events that change and shape lives, about waiting and overcoming, about learning to listen, and about watching the stars. Part mystery, part coming-of-age contemporary, The Center of the Universe is sure to delight and surprise YA contemporary readers.

Grace Carter is the third Grace in her family. And while her grandmother is an actress and her mother a pop
Warnings: abusive relationship, suicide mention, discussion of trauma and PTSD, mention of homelessness

A big theme in The Center of the Universe is the parts of people that we do not know, and it is explored in the mother-daughter relationship of GG and Grace. Grace's mother is a broadcast journalist and her work frequently has her away from her kids' lives, something that Grace resents. With her mother and grandmother both involved in being on-screen and their being public, Grace feels a discon
Tayler Steele
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I really wanted to like this novel, but I wanted to DNF after 20%. I really could not get into it at all.

1. I felt like the main character was about as dynamic as a piece of cardboard. She was a moody brat for a large portion of the novel, and her "change" toward the end felt lacking and didn't ring true. Other than the fact that she's super into astronomy, I felt like I got no sense of her personality. I got a lot of de
Moony MeowPoff
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JJust wow, this was so emotional, so good. I want to re-read it right away. I'm lost for words, i had so many feels!
Rachael (foreverxbookish)
I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DNF at 15%

I couldn’t bring myself to read 500 pages of this book. I didn’t like anything about it.

I wasn’t a fan of the writing. It was just really basic and kept going off on irrelevant tangents that I’m pretty sure have nothing to do with anything. It purposefully left out information, probably to discover later on in the book, but it ended up making it so jarring and disconnected. I literally thought I was r
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
If The Center of the Universe was a jigsaw puzzle, it would be the type of puzzle where after the frame was completed, you would have a hard time finding where the rest of the pieces go, because, well, for some strange reason, the pieces just don’t fit. I can’t really explain my experience with this book any other way. Yes, this book does have a frame (a teenage girl’s mother goes missing), but, there’s so many other parts and pieces thrown into the mix, and, none of them seem to work, or, fit, ...more
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Kids Can Press through NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

I’m like, really late with this review. Since it’s my first time ever, can we pretend it never happened and focus instead on how amazing The Center of the Universe is?
I probably rave about family-themed books every other day, so it
Paige Green
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher and RockStarBookTours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller

Recommended Age: 15+ (TW for kidnapping, TW for potential rape, PTSD, sex, and I think there was some small language in this book)

Publisher: KCP Loft

Pages: 506

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Synopsis: Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star,
Elizabeth Aguilar
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grace Carter is a relatively average high school student, which is surprising given her family. Her mother, GG Carter, is a television icon. Her grandmother is a semi-famous actress. Meanwhile, Grace wishes to do nothing more than live in relative obscure life as an astrophysicist.

Like many teenagers, Grace has a complicated relationship with her mother. Everything she thinks she knew about her mother is about to be brought into question when her mother disappears.

One of the first things that ca
Ashlee Bree
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think I enjoyed the premise of this more than the execution of it.

The foundation is there for a suspenseful and emotional, gripping, story about an aspiring astrophysicist named Grace, who, because of her proclivity to think rationally, scientifically, tends to view the world and the people in it through a black-and-white-lensed telescope, but who, upon her mother's unexpected disappearance, which leaves her crumpled and scrambling for answers about the woman she thought she knew, must learn
Antonella's book world
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

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The Center of The Universe by Ria Voros is one of those books that makes you feel conflicted, because on one hand I just couldn't wait to understand all the story behind the abduction of Grace's mum, on the other hand it was really hard to get through more of half of the book. Everything was so slow and for most part I read quickly and skip a lot, especially from 30% to 60% of the book. Everything was l
Kylee Jackson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books, netgalley
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I almost DNFed this a few times. The celestial imagery and metaphors were very heavy-handed, especially in the first few chapters, and it turned me off immediately. I like space as much as the next guy, but this was too much in a short span of time.

The first half of the book is a drag. I skimmed most of it. It just wasn’t interesting to me. The build up to GG disappearing was interesting enough, and the immediate fallout of that
I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

DNF @ 40%

Wow, I feel so bad right now and don't know how to review this book. Would anyone believe that I have never DNF a book in my life before? I always finish the book no matter how bad it is, but this time I couldn't force myself to read a 500pages book I didn't enjoy at all.

The main problem was probably the heroine. I found her super annoying, she was so moody and was complaining about everything, how her mother always w
Suleika Santana -All About Books
I really loved it! Grace and best friend Iris have an awesome relationship, they are the perfect definition of best friends. I also LOVED Mylo, he was the perfect book boyfriend. I liked that both Grace and Mylo had a not so great relationship with their moms and the connection of the missing parent was great as well. The mystery was what kept me reading, I just needed to know what happened to GG. Grace's dad, little brother and grandma were also great characters and I really liked that they pla ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed how the author integrated astrology into the story. I appreciated how the characters weren’t so cut-and-dry. What I mean by that is there wasn’t a clear-cut list of good people versus bad people. Characters had their flaws and pros just like regular everyday people. I would definitely read this book again, and I would recommend it to other YA readers.
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