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The Gravity of Us

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  19,787 ratings  ·  3,492 reviews
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 “Astro
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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Phil Stamper Thank you for asking! The teens are actually NOT in space—they're on the ground, but it's a contemporary YA set in the drama of NASA's first human mis…moreThank you for asking! The teens are actually NOT in space—they're on the ground, but it's a contemporary YA set in the drama of NASA's first human mission to mars. Two sons of astronauts fall in love while their parents vie for the same spot on the mission. <3(less)

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Phil Stamper
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
me: it's a little weird when authors 5-star their own books right?

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Anyone want to see a little teaser?

Kai Spellmeier
Aug 05, 2019 added it
Shelves: owned, queer
One small step for man, one giant leap for the gay agenda and their mission to conquer the universe.

The Gravity of Us was one of many upcoming queer releases that I was really looking forward to. It is an OwnVoices novel, it's queer, it has a beautiful cover - it ticks all the boxes. The main character is Cal, a teenage boy about to finish his last year of high school with ambitious plans: he wants to become a journalist. Already he has half a million followers on a platform where he regularly p
Miranda Reads
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

So excited about this Booktube video - all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 (so far).

I'm interested in him purely from a journalistic standpoint.
Cal may only be seventeen but he's breaking barriers for year - his FlashFame account is pushing half a million flowers and people all over the world are tuning in to his reports.

If he plays his cards right, his career is going to skyrocket.

Until...his dad drops a bomb.
"...have you even googled Houston? It's a cesspool."
Cal's dad, Calvin Sr, wa
May 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have never been so crushed about disliking a book.

I was SO excited to read this. It sounded incredibly promising. A queer romance against the backdrop of a NASA mission? Space + gays= exactly what I want. But oh how easily hopes can be squashed.

There were plenty of reasons I disliked this. Most of them have to do with our main character Cal. But I will get into HIS character later. For now, let’s talk about everything else that I wasn’t a fan of.

Firstly, the social media aspect of this book.
Shaun Hutchinson
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys!!! YOU GUYS!!!!! This book is AMAZING!!!! 👬❤️🚀

Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars*
I really thought I was going to LOVE this but unfortunately I didn't love it (but I also didn't hate it). I never became super invested in the characters or the story, but I don't think there was anything I specifically didn't like about it? Idk this was a weird one for me.

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for sending me an early copy!
One of two things is happening here:
Either I'm outgrowing young adult books, or they are all getting worse.

While I DO perceive myself as the center of the universe and think that everything is about me, even I am unable to justify thinking that the downfall of an industry is more likely than me just not knowing how to pick books I'll like, which has coincidentally been my fatal flaw for the last five years.

Either way, I found this book to feel half-finished. You know, insta-love, half-baked plot
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Might be more of a 2.5 but I'm rounding up because while I didn't love this, I also didn't full on hate it? The writing style was just not really my favorite and honestly I was also not a huge fan of the main character. This was truly just like, the epitome of meh for me. Big womp :( ...more
Larry H
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was so beautiful and thought-provoking!!

Cal is a successful social media journalist with over half a million followers. But he doesn’t just make wry or cynical observations, or talk about the latest trends or restaurants in his Brooklyn neighborhood or in NYC. He really uses social media to make a difference, and played a huge part in getting younger people interested in the last presidential election. And people noticed—he landed an internship with BuzzFeed he can’t wait for.

But his whole
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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So, I actually ended up loving this book a lot because it does a lot of things that I would love to see more of in YA.

But more on that in a hot minute.

Cal is a popular video blogger who is becoming well known for his Refinery29-like exposes and journalism. He lives in Brooklyn and loves the fast-paced color of the city life. That's why, when his father makes a surprise announcement that not only has he been hired as an astronaut, but the
sounds gay, i'm in ...more
Sarah Kathryn Stein
Feb 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I picked up a copy of this book because I thought it had an interesting premise and because it had great reviews. Unfortunately, after reading it, I have to say that it's a major disappointment.

This book suffers from a wide range of issues, most prominently: (1) an unlikable main character, (2) a lack of romantic tension, and (3) an inconsistent and jumbled plot.

(1) Cal, our main character, is extremely unlikable. In fact, he is a giant dick. No, I don't mean that he has a giant dick (this is YA
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I wish I could say this was everything sweet and lovely and as interesting that I hoped it would be.. but it wasn't.

This is a story about a space mission, social media, and first love. But the space mission never really felt real until near the end, there was so much streaming or reality tv that I felt like shaking my fist and yelling at kids to get off my non-existent lawn, and the first love was hella insta-love-y and took off at the speed of light.

Additionally this ARC was brutally formatted
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, I can hear Switzerland anthems blasting through my ears combining with cho cho sound of semi-disappointment train : a shiny three starred read is approaching to my fastreadland!

After seeing the incredible cover and interesting blurb about Astro teenagers’ love story, LGBTQ representation and reality show about secret lives of astronauts, I was tempted. I was so sure that I was about to dive into another big winner story but well...

Cal, 17 years old, ultra popular social media journalist
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I’m on BookTube now! =)

”Look, I’m sorry you won’t be able to play on social media anymore, but this is real life.”
I choke back a laugh. “Real life? I have to give up my journalism, plus my entire life, because a reality show says so. You really think what I do is less ‘real’ than StarWatch?”

I think in many ways “The Gravity of Us” was different than I expected it to be and after thinking about it for a while and letting the book sink in I decided to give it 3 stars. Don’t get me wrong, 3 stars
Carl Audric Guia
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cal is the exact embodiment of "groundbreaking". Even in his Brooklyn hometown, he did not have a normal life. He's a FlashFame celebrity who covers New York life for fun.

You could tell that Cal had his life together. He knew his passions, and he wasn't short on experience. But here's the surprise: His dad was to be part of the Mars missions. Their whole family was forced to move to Salt Lake City—home of the astronauts. It was where the fun began.

Meet Leon, son of another astronaut. And like C
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I guess I am supposed to believe that a teenager from NY both got his dad into a national astronaut program AND saved that program from shutting down when things went awry. OK, if I set aside my skepticism and concentrate on the characters' arcs, I am still left with... nothing.

The main character, Cal, has planned out his life as a journalist, but then NASA calls and his family is swept away to Houston practically overnight. Suddenly, Cal's plans have changed and he falls in love just as quickl
Alfredo (Fred)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, favorites
I could do a Ted Talk about "The Gravity of Us". I listened to the audiobook, which has a full cast to do the voice of some special characters. My reading experience was definitely better because of this incredible production. It's now on Audible.

The main character, Cal, is a 17-year-old boy who updates his millions of followers with the latest news from the world. He has unresolved issues with his best friend and has just discovered that his father was chosen for NASA's new mission to explore M
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cal Lewis is a seventeen year old aspiring journalist and news reporter. He has been working very hard on building his account and follower base on a social media site. Cal is passionate about his videos and news updates because he believes people do not just want gossip- they want facts and real information that can help them make choices. Cal is also a planner. He has a schedule for his news updates, he knows what he is going to do in summer (his internship), next year, and how he is going to ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
i was mistaken. i misread the maybe bordering on a possibly as a yes... (i don't know HOW i misread that but here we are)
but i will certainly try to get an audio file from penguin I'M READING THIS BOOK EARLY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
i have just gotten word that i will in fact be getting an ARC

Science + gays = perfection

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Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbtq-600
A tale about the whiny entitlement and self-obsessed privilege of a social media influencer, who gets to have his inflated sense of Importance completely validated.
Reading_ Tamishly
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as I should. I didn't pick it up with inhuman high hopes and anticipation but it just didn't work for me. I love the plot, I love the various characters but the plot wasn't executed well and the characters lack development. The writing style irked me the most. Everything was way too convenient. The romance parts seem like they were coming from an adult chicklit. The adult characters came out really weak considering the plot showcased NASA and astronauts and social ...more
Lauren Lanz
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, lgbtq-rep
“Don't aim to fix people. Fixing seems so permanent, so absolute. Like there's no room for error. Aim to make things better.”

A queer contemporary romance mixed with the proceedings of astronauts seemed like a premise I was bound to love. While I did have a mainly fun time reading, there were some aspects that didn’t live up to what I expected.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

When Cal’s father is selected for the next NASA mission, he realizes he’s about to lose everything. Cal will be for
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

The Gravity of Us tells such a contemporary story that you really cannot help but feel like it's something that could totally happen in a not-so-distant future.

I always appreciate it when authors manage to include in their books the use of social media in a good and positive way, since it's such a big and important part of our everyday life and also our current cultur
Lala BooksandLala
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Read this during a space-themed reading vlog https://youtu.be/pk5jDe-0MBA ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, lgbt-read
I really didn't like how he treated his best friend and that he made his relationship public without Leon's consent (even if it was not that big of a deal), but I loved everything else.

- the setting and the plot were so unique
- he learned to respect his father
- he accepted that others view the world differently
- how mental helath and therapy was handled
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads

This was a quick, easy and overall pleasant read - the kind that’s a bit fluffy and feel-good and light. Entertaining, but also not the kind that will stick in my brain for any foreseeable future. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.
dnf 😔✋
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Gutted is how I feel if I compare my excitement at the beginning and my feelings over this by the end. I feel like THE GRAVITY OF US had all the potential but none of the execution. I couldn’t have been more excited for this context of two NASA teens finding a connection, I couldn’t have felt more let down by the characterisation and plot lines, sadly.

What didn’t work then, you might ask? The protagonist Cal didn’t work for me at all. I was actually invested for the first 25% of this book, overl
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)

That moment when the author comments on your post about their book. Like didn’t think that would happen!


Science Fiction isn’t my genre of choice BUT I’ll give this a shot.
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Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. While it could be seen as a boring lifestyle to some, he kept himself entertained by playing the piano and writing stories that stretched his imagination. He has a B.A. in Music from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing from Kingston University.

When he first left his home state, he landed in Washington,

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