Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Page Count: 420
Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a finished copy of Letting Go of Gravity to review.
Parker and Charlie are twins but they aren’t as close as they use to be. Parker is graduating high school as valedictorian and has been accepted into Harvard where she will attend and become a doctor. Charlie got cancer and won’t be graduating with Parker and that’s why they aren’t as close. But while he is now in remission and doing his own thing, Parker has an internship this summer at the hospital but on her first day she has a panic attack. Now Parker must fight her own demons and determine if being a doctor is really what she wants.
I read Meg Leder’s book The Museum of Heartbreak about two years ago and I loved it. It had a great story and a cute romance and that’s why I was excited to read another one of her books. And while I did enjoy this one, it wasn’t my favorite. First of all, it’s 420 pages and I feel that it is way too long to tell the story that it tells. A lot of the time, nothing was happening. Or at least, nothing significant. I think this book could have been a lot shorter and still got its point across. Parker is a really smart girl who is so certain of what she wants but others can see that it’s not what she wants. But she won’t admit it. I can’t really relate to Parker at all but I think she was a really great character to read from. She is a high school graduate and yet she runs to her parents to tattle-tale on her brother Charlie, all the time. I was really annoyed that she kept doing that and I could see why Charlie was always so upset with her even though Parker acted like she had no idea why he was mad. Charlie is very outgoing but he says some pretty awful things to Parker. About 3/4 through the book, he completely changes though and I have no idea where it came from. He went from absolutely wanting nothing to do with Parker to hanging out with her all the time. While it was nice to see them reconnect and still don’t really understand what changed his mind.
I found it a little unbelievable that while Parker was having panic attacks, she had no idea what was happening to her body. She wants to become a doctor and she knows a lot already and it’s just hard to believe she didn’t know what her own body was doing. The message of the story which is actually the title, Letting Go of Gravity, was so interesting and I loved the metaphor that Leder used with the gravity and helium people. It was really creative and different and I enjoyed that a lot.
This book is out today, so if it sounds like something you might enjoy, make sure to pick up a copy. I would recommend it because I did enjoy it but just be prepared for a long book with some slow chapters.