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The Gravity of Us Paperback – 20 July 2020

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Phil Stamper's The Gravity of Us is the first love, first launch, astronaut story I didn't know I needed. I'm so starry-eyed for this wise, romantic gem of a book. (Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA)

A big-hearted, witty, and intensely relatable debut about reaching for your dreams without losing what grounds you. (Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of ONE OF US IS LYING and TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET)

A grounded romance that shapes into its own lovely constellation. (Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling co-author of WHAT IF IT'S US)

The Gravity of Us speaks poignantly of the things that will attend every human endeavor: family, struggle to know one's self, and the kind of love that makes you feel like you're hurtling to the stars. (Jeff Zentner, Morris Award winning author of THE SERPENT KING)

Phil Stamper's confident debut is an excellent exploration of modern social media, first love, and how to use your voice to do good, centered around the preparations for the first crewed mission to Mars. Calvin and Leon are fierce and sweet, and I never wanted their story to end. To put it bluntly, The Gravity of Us is out of this world. (Shaun David Hutchinson, author of WE ARE THE ANTS, THE PAST, and OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD STAY BURIED)

At once a tender love story and an honest exploration of anxiety, ambition, and family dynamics, Phil Stamper's The Gravity of Us pulls you in and takes you on a beautiful, heartfelt journey. Never has the NASA space program seemed so romantic. (Caleb Roehrig, author of LAST SEEN LEAVING and WHITE RABBIT)

A debut to remember, Stamper's The Gravity Of Us draws you in for a journey of family, friendships, and ambition while exploring the power of social media and our own voices. Equal parts thoughtful and heartfelt, this book never misses a beat. Cal and Leon have my heart drifting in orbit. (Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS)

A sweet-spirited romance that will capture readers' hearts and imaginations. (Booklist, starred review)

Phil Stamper's The Gravity of Us is so interesting and well crafted that it's hard to believe it's his first novel. . . . Readers will root for Cal and Leon, their budding romance, their astronaut families and, of course, the prospect of life among the stars. (BookPage, starred review)

Stamper crafts a sweet fish-out-of-water tale that also shrewdly explores the intersection between social class and modern media culture.A charming and satisfying first novel. (Kirkus Reviews)

Given the important issues raised-media responsibility, NASA and politics, friendship and romance, mental health-this has something for a lot of different teen readers. (School Library Journal)

A openhearted novel that shows a realistic, imperfect queer relationship and a young man growing to know and to be true to himself even when everything is shifting around him. (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog. This is his debut novel.

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Product details

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury YA (20 July 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1526619946
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1526619945
  • Item Weight : 180 g
  • Dimensions : 19.8 x 1.7 x 13.5 cm
  • Country of Origin : United Kingdom
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 30 September 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cut stuff
By Chaitanya Srivastava on 30 September 2020
You can find more about this particular title and other at my bookstagram - @chai_n_books

I went into this book expecting a lot of cute romance, some sci-fi angle and a nice story. I came out with a very cute but rushed romance, a sci-fi (not exactly tho) grounded in reality and a satisfying story. Written by a debutant writer, Phil, this books takes you on a small journey with Calvin Lewis Jr , our protagonist who’s dream is to become a journalist. He’s already done a lot of stuff and is pretty popular on social media. He is also confused with his sexuality and has a lot of unresolved issues which very often leads to a lot of anxiety. His life takes a sharp turn when his dad is suddenly chosen by NASA for their Mars Spaceship program and they relocate to Houston where all families working for NASA live in. Cal Jr. isn’t ready for all the paparazzi that surrounds him (and the family) and the hit reality Tv show that makes its money by covering the “perfect lives” (it’s anything but perfect) astronaut families.
Here he meets Leon, another astrokid. Sparks fly and before either of them can understand what’s happening, they fall hard for each other. (gushing already) But, both of them soon realise that they have issues of their own which definitely needs to be addressed. Cal tries to “fix” a lot of these problems (and also of his family) but ends up doing more harm than good. The whole debate around can humans be fixed or is it best to let them be who they are and accept them as they come, even if they are a little(or way too much) broken is brought in the centre.
What happens next, whether he “fixes” all his mess he created or not and whether he and Leon end up together or not is something that you’d have to read yourself to figure out because I really would like you to take that journey for yourself. But in case you’re unsure, here’s a HINT: IT DOES’NT HAVE A SAD ENDING :P
Phil’s debutant book is good. It’s full of the flush of first love. It touches upon some of the important themes like mental health, the reality of television showbiz and family dynamics. It checks the right boxes and while it mate have flaws (I’ll cover them in seperate post) , they can be overlooked and forgiven.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming debut 🚀
By makingoutwithbooks on 13 February 2020
🚀 let me be honest......did i just hug this book tight after finishing it ¿!! oh heck i did !!!! it just warmed me soo good that i couldn’t stop thinking about these astrokids love story.
🚀 well i wouldn’t lie to you but i did felt like few parts of this book was boring you know with little politics in it & few space stuff but again few romantic moments & mental issues felt soo realistic which made me nothing but fall in love for this.
🚀 this is the book where i loved side characters much better than the main ones cuz seriously “Calvin lewis Jr” did felt immature when it’s comes to friendship with “Deb” ( who is cal’s bff )
🚀 but whatever the issues are.....i loved the way our two astrokids “leon & cal” were there for eachother......the ache inside Cal to always be there for leon felt soo good.
🚀 So our main character “Cal” always wanted to be a journalist & he indeed has got a little good fame on this flashfame app where he goes live with latest news.....he never wanted to leave brooklyn, Nyc but his dad’s got selected for NASA’s orpheus project with one mission “humans on mars”.....so he had to live everything behind including his best friend “Ded” & move along with his family to houston, texas. and he meets “leon” another main character whose mother is also a selected astronaut for orpheus project.....soon they get to know about eachother & fall for eachother which is very likely to be seen in every other book we read 😬
🚀 but that’s not all it, and i’m really astound by the way story goes on from there.....i did love the concept & plot crafted by the author here....cheers to that & i’d definitely recommend it to anyone out there who’s looking for drama, romance, family dynamics & most importantly astrokids first kiss.
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