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Author: Smith, Amber
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/ Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9781534437180
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

Something Like Gravity

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New York Times best-selling author Amber Smith, who is an advocate for increased awareness of gender violence as well as LBGTQ equality, writes a realistic novel that will spark discussions of these issues. She also tackles issues of grief and loss, with identity and transgenderism handled well from all perspectives – personal, family, friends, and romantic relationships. Chris, a transgender boy and astronomy geek, is processing a frightening and brutal gendered assault he survived, and has moved across country to live with his sympathetic aunt. Maia, a complicated reclusive teen who lives next door, is grieving the sudden death of her sister, while both of these neighbours are dealing with fractured relationships with their parents. When their paths literally collide, the interaction starts a chain of events in motion that neither of them expected. Over an entire summer, they explore the joy and uncertainty of friendship that turns into love, full of laughs and secrets as they open up creatively and emotionally with each other. The parallels between love and gravity are explored as elements of astronomy and photography are threaded throughout the story. This heartfelt tender novel with a powerful message of hope and healing is recommended for mature teens looking for a modern realistic romance and those young adults and adults comfortable with exploring themes of transgender identity.

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