Quick Intro: The Gravity of Us ~ Phil Stamper

This is a quick introduction to a book I am currently reading!

The Gravity of Us is our first read over at the Just Book It Book Club! It’s YA, it’s NASA, it’s GAY!

Click to see on Goodreads

Expected rating: ★★★★✰

Why I picked it: So, as mentioned above, The Gravity of Us was chosen as the Just Book It Book Club‘s March book, and I’m so glad of it because (like with every other book, honestly) I couldn’t wait to read it.

So… I’m not really into space stuff, BUT, if you give me a book with a blue+purple+pink art cover and tell me it’s about gay teens, then you’re practically screaming at me to read it.

Also, I’ve been reading only? mostly M/M books written by women and I’d like to see how different are the ones actually written by men.

Pages: 320

Follow my updates as I read! (major-spoiler-free)

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.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

Right… Given the 1,350+ ratings and a mean of 3.83 stars on Goodreads, I’m going to keep my feelings on the safe side with a four-star prediction for this book.

I only like space when we’re talking astronomy, astrology, and mythology, not the actual technicalities of sending people into space or space-travel (the only exceptions being Hidden Figures and my high expectations for All The Stars We Steal), so I don’t think that the NASA factor is going to determine my feelings about the book.

On the other side, I’m pretty excited to read about the romance. (Can you believe it? Me, excited to read a contemporary romance? The only books in those genres that had me very excited were Simon vs. and Red, White, Royal Blue. Can you spot a pattern?)

I also am intrigued by the pressure that the boys go through because they are Astrokids, both because one of their parents is going into space (cue frightened face from me) and because of the media attention. I think a big part of my feelings about the story are going to relay on how relatable/real that will seem.

For some reason, I don’t expect the writing, plot, and/or characters to be very solid. Maybe it’s because of the Goodreads comments that claim so, or maybe it’s because this kind of book (art cover + romance + fluffy vibes) never really has full-fleshed characters/plot (I’m thinking about Hot Dog Girl and When You Get the Chance).

If you’ve read it: What is your favorite thing about The Gravity of Us? Is there something very special to keep from it?

If you haven’t read it: Do you like NASA stories? What space books would you recommend to convert someone into a space-reader?


9 thoughts on “Quick Intro: The Gravity of Us ~ Phil Stamper

  1. I’ve been interested in this book because yeah, that cover is beauuuutiful! But I knew the bare minimum about what actually goes on in it. So great post, I’ll definitely keep my eyes open if you review it! ❤️

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  2. I’ve always loved the concept of space, but somehow that’s never leaked into my contemporary reading? How??
    I am definitely adding this to my TBR if you enjoy it, and I hope you enjoy it.
    – Emma 🙂

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  3. I’m very curious about this book as well! I usually like space-themed things so hopefully that’ll be in its favor for me, but I’m also a little wary about the writing and characters. Hopefully it’ll all be amazing 😀 That’s great that you’re making the effort to pick up m/m books written by men, though!

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    1. I’ll let you know how it is like, if you’d like that! I still haven’t started it because I’m reading Girls of Paper and Fire for the WHMR, but it’s my next read. I really hope it’ll end up being good *crosses fingers*


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