Hi All! Becky here. I just finished the new book by Meg Leder and I’m here to share all my thoughts about it.
Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Charlie and Parker are twins that are complete opposites. Charlie is carefree while Parker is anxious. Charlie is the popular life of the party while Parker is the studious valedictorian. Charlie had leukemia and Parker was healthy. Charlie’s illness shaped Parker’s childhood and helped her decide on a future. Parker was going to get into Harvard and become a doctor to save sick kids just like her brother. But now that is Charlie’s healthy Parker is no longer sure she can follow the path she designed as a fearful second grader. Complicating Parker’s life is the reappearance of Finn a boy that had once been her best friend but who now may be much more. Parker has just one summer to over come her anxiety and discover her real destiny.
Review: I have a soft spot for summer after high school books so I was very excited when I found this book on Edelweiss. The story is simple and familiar. Parker has spent her life following a pre-designed path that no longer feels right so she will spend the last real summer of her childhood trying to figure everything out. There is nothing really groundbreaking about “Letting Go of Gravity” but it’s still surprisingly readable. Parker and Charlie’s childhood traumas and their lasting effects easier draw the reader into their story as does Parker’s history with the mysteries Finn. The book is a story of growing up that feels relatable to anyone who ever misstepped while trying to plan their future. Parker’s anxiety and confusion is something with which most readers will be able to relate as are clashes in the sibling relationship between Parker and Charlie. The book is emotional and believable and is sure to please fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5