Honestly, I had high hopes for The Gravity of Us and ultimately I feel really let down. If you’ve seen my reading vlog, you’ll have seen that I was very keen for this book, especially in the beginning. But the whole thing started to go downhill quite quickly.
I adored the basic premise of the main character being a social media star and a wannabe journalist. The mixture of social media fame and reality TV was really interesting, and I think a lot of Booktubers and perhaps book bloggers will be able to relate and connect to the main character, Calvin.
My issues lie with the various relationships that the author tried to portray in this book. Firstly, and most importantly, I thought that Calvin’s relationship with Leon was incredibly rushed. The two of them were telling each other they loved each other very early on, and kept talking as though they had known each other for years. We didn’t have time to get to know Leon before Calvin jumped into a relationship with him.
Calvin also ditched his supposed best friend, who we’re introduced to at the beginning of the book as though she is going to be an important character with a side plot. It was brought up that Calvin ditched her, but I didn’t think there was any progression there, nor was it addressed very well. It was all a bit lacklustre. I thought her potential side plot sounded really interesting, and I would have loved to see more of that. Instead it was as though the author forgot he had introduced her, and her story turned into more of an afterthought.
I’m really disappointed by this one, and I’m going to mope about it for a while.