Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper – Book Tour & ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  17 March 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 312

Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia

Today is my tour stop on the blog/bookstagram tour for The Gravity of Us, thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia!



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 “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.




Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a copy of The Gravity of Us, in exchange for an honest review!


Cal likes routine and he feels safe when things are all planned out.  He has a successful social media video blog, is about to start an internship with Buzzfeed and knows exactly how his next few years will pan out.  That is until his dad is selected to train for a mission to Mars with NASA.  Now his entire life is going to be uprooted when they move to Houston, and it seems Cal might even be banned from continuing to stream his video’s to his loyal followers.

He’s convinced his life is about to become an unmitigated disaster, when he meets Leon, one of the other astronaut’s son and realises things might not be as bleak as they seemed.

The Gravity of Us was such a cute read.  I know next to nothing about NASA and space travel, but Cal and Leon’s journey was so sweet.  Plagued by their own fears about the mission and what it could mean for them and their families, their relationship was realistic in its ups and downs. Between Cal’s desire to control his own life and fix everyone he can, and Leon’s depression, there were some hard hitting subjects woven in to the story.

If you’re looking for an adorable story about learning to live with changed plans and finding your person, I’d recommend picking up The Gravity of Us!




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