Today, I bring you a cutesy summer read from Amber Smith about young love and vulnerability. I have been wanting to read Amber Smith’s books for a long while now so I am grateful for the chance I got to review an actual hardback copy of the book!
SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY BY AMBER SMITH
Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.
A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.
But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?
Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one, transphobia, talk about cheating, assault
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I have only read the book halfway as I had trouble completing it on time, however, I still want to share my thoughts of what I have read so far. Firstly, I want to issue a disclaimer that my review is not an own voices review. So, my thoughts on this book will not effectively talk about the experience of transgenders. Please take my review with a grain of salt as I cannot review the authenticity and state whether Chris’ representation is good or bad.
I had heard of Amber Smith through EmmmaBooks who had recommended Smith’s The Way I Used To Be. After reading Gravity, I’ve come to know the enchantment of Amber Smith’s writing. Her prose moves from gut-wrenching to simple, from grief to confusion; the author explores emotions in a way that I could relate to but would fail to explain to anyone else. Gravity tackles issues of identity, grief, and loss in its many forms. To handle these heavy emotions and yet to also evoke the cute, sweet chemistry between Chris and Maia made Gravity a difficult book to put down.
“Some places are haunted by the things that happened there, but I believe there are other places that are haunted by ideas.”
The characters in the story meet each other at a time in their life when everything feels to be falling apart. I loved their innocence as they sort of danced around each other, trying to figure out why they were drawn to the other person. Maia and Chris’s relationship development was the kind built on patience. Between Maia’s loss of her sister and Chris’ past assault, both characters are at a time in their life where they are trying to understand who they are. Then comes along this other person who they begin to have feelings for – so the conflict between wanting to fall in love and figuring who they are first tantalized me! I love how their friendship somehow helped them see themselves from a new perspective.
“I always believed there was an infinite universe out there, and somehow, I was supposed to be part of it. At least, I tried very hard to believe that part. And for maybe the first time in my entire life, I was finally beginning to see a way to mae that happen.”
So far I am enjoying my read of Something Like Gravity and would recommend it to readers who need a read that tackles heavy topics but are also in need of a sweet story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats.
I received a free copy of Something Like Gravity from The Fantastic Flying Book in exchange for my participation in the blog tour. Thank you to the author, Amber Smith, Margaret K.. McElderry Books for sending a copy my way. However, this did not influence my review in any way.