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The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
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Jun 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: peach-consideration, for-slj
Read in April, 2011

My first draft SLJ review might have been too complimentary because I was asked to revise and indicate that the plot did indeed have some holes, particularly with regard to the main character's father, but ultimately, I'm not sure most teen readers come away from a reading experience wondering what happened to the adult characters. Am I prejudiced in thinking that their concern for fictional characters is unlikely to extend to those over 30?

Nick Gardner's father is famous, infamous?, for attempting to walk from Connecticutt to NYC at an enormous 395 pounds. What got FatMan2 off the sofa is in part his guilt that after climbing as a result of a high fever Nick takes a fall from the town water tower while his father sleeps through the event. An unemployed journalist, Nick's dad seeks drastic change and to communicate with his son, but Nick won't even read the emails that chronicle his journey. Later, he finds out his dad is altering not just his behavior but his love life as well. Nick's more prominent concern is next door neighbor Scooter, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to look like an elderly person for his abbreviated life. Nick has grown up watching Star Wars movies with the Scoot, but at fifteen, he is ready to move on--and it appears that Scooter might be moving on soon after a debilitating stroke. When Jaycee Amato, another friend of Scooter's, starts hanging around Nick, he finds her strange but somehow irrestible, especially when she presents him with Scooter's dying wish: Nick and Jaycee must find Sooter's long absentee dad to give him a letter and an heirloom autographed first edition of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Bus trips, reading the novel, and ultimately kissing feature large in the last third of the book, and Nick enters a rites of passage. Quirky like Fransciso Stork's novels while being more approachable.
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