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The Center of the Universe

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  61 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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Kids Can Press
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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
Elizabeth Tasker
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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
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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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?)
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,
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*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
Tayler Steele
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
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
Paige Green
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Ashlee Bree
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
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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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Kylee Jackson
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
Feb 27, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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DNF @ 35%

I liked the characters, but it was way too slow.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was this really 500 pages? I feel like I flew through it! I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and how much I liked Grace (our heroine) and I loved how smart she was (astrophysicist) and she is full of facts that were interesting and I actually learned from the book (which is always a plus!)
What I enjoyed most about this book, is that its characters are people. They could be people we run into on a daily basis.
Yes this story is about Grace's mom disappearence which in all hones
The Center of the Universe is the first book by Ria Voros that I’ve read, and it is absolutely lovely. It is a contemporary, first-love romance, an exploration of the relationship between mothers and daughters, a mystery, and a celebration of science and our amazing universe all rolled into one beautifully written novel. There are so many gorgeous sentences and paragraphs, I wish I could just share them all with you, but too much of that would deprive you of this great reading experience.

I thin
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ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I've been meaning to venture into YA for MONTHS now and I couldn't have chosen a better book to start with!

The Center of the Universe follows Grace's story as she wades through her life without her mother. Was she kidnapped? Did she leave on purpose? Grace and her family are in shambles trying to pick up the pieces of their life and trying to make sense of everything that happened, while also endeavoring to keep their lives as normal a
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this novel via NetGalley, but that does not affect my opinion on it.

First of all, what a beautifully written book. It has been a while since I've enjoyed reading descriptions of situations and feelings so much! The whole chapter 69 left me amazed and I just need to share it with you all. Hope that's ok? Not sure what the rules are of sharing quotes and such. Anywho, even if you decide not to read the book, enjoy at least this marvellous chapter of it:

Galaxies collide all t
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book was very...not the type of book I usually read? I like to say that I'm open to reading almost any type of book, and I am! But regardless of that, I don't really come across many books that are as character driven as this one was.

I know that some people may fight me on this, and it's not completely accurate, but I didn't really feel like there was much plot to this book. It's hard for me to explain this, but I want to c
Alyssa Chaney
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

A special thank you to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for providing a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Grace concerning her mother's disappearance and all sorts of the aftermath. Grace is honestly such a relatable character, especially with all of her quirks and interests, particularly with the noticing patterns thing and her love of astronomy that no one understands. It's really fun to read abou
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Center of the Universe" by Ria Voros can be summarised as a book about a seventeen-year-old geeky girl with some OCD and her tv personality mother but that would be a huge disservice. I did not expect to find characters so well developed, people that you could very well meet on your everyday lives, with problems that you and your relatives face every day since fights with your parents, dealing with relatives or navigating school life and crushes. With the exception of the first chapter, thi ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 out of 5 stars.

"Sometimes it’s easier to think about things through natural phenomena, you know?”

The astrophysics references were cute.

Let me start off by saying that I loved the narration on this. It’s first person narration, by Grace, our main character. I’m no longer a teenager, but I’m only twenty-two, so I feel like I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a teen and be exasperated by your parents. I thought that was done extremely well. It was young, but not too young. Grace got angry
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

**Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This was an interesting read. The mystery of GG's disappearance didn't make this story the typical YA Mystery/Thriller kind of story. In fact, while it did revolve around the disappearance, it also really focused on Grace's personal life, how she is as a person, how she is dealing with not only the absence of her mother but also other relationships outside of it, all while incorporating Grace's
Kerianne McGhee
YA meets Gone girl?! That is what I was kind of expecting going into this but that changed very quickly.

The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros is about 17 year old Grace who loves anything astronomy, and one day her news anchor star mom, GG, goes missing. This happens very quickly near the beginning of the book and the remainder of the novel goes through the process of trying to find her and the emotions that Grace and her family go through. It is an interesting read based on this because not e
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE tells the story of Grace, a 17 year old exoplanet enthusiast whose celebrity news anchor mother goes missing. More than that, it's a story about family, mothers, friendship, first love, and identity. In a mere couple of hundred pages.

I've been reflecting on this novel for a few days since I finished it. My immediate reaction was that there was not enough action, especially for a book that seemed billed as a mystery. But as it's stayed with me and I've thought more abou
Belle Ellrich

I was really really excited when I got this book from the publisher, and I couldn't wait to dive into it and read about the mysterious disappearance of GG Carter.

However, once I actually started it, I quickly realized a few things that really bothered me, so much so that I ended up DNFing the book just after the halfway mark.

For one, the book was super slow. And by this, I mean that th
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