Thursday, August 2, 2018

Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder
Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Letting Go of Gravity blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Title: LETTING GO OF GRAVITY
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.

Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself. 

A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering 'I got you' long after you've closed the book." –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus

“A poignant and carefully crafted story…. A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal

“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.
I’m still processing this one, so I’m going to start with some pros and cons. I’ll be back to elaborate later!

Pro: I loved that this was a book about twins. They were trying to figure out who they were together and individually, because Charlie’s illness changed the rules.

Pro: I think the author does an excellent job portraying Parker’s anxiety. It felt realistic, and I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate.

Con: Things slowed down at the end and there were a few things I didn’t agree with.

Pro: The were some amazing secondary characters! Em was golden.

Pro: Wonderful, thought-provoking story.

Edit 08/18/18: Full review here.


About Meg: 

Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will win a finished copy of LETTING GO OF GRAVITY, US Only. 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
7/23/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt 
7/24/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
7/25/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review
7/26/2018- 100 Pages A Day- Review
7/27/2018- Never Too Many To Read- Review

Week Two:
7/30/2018- Book Princess Reviews- Review
7/31/2018- Nicole's Novel Reads- Interview
8/1/2018- The Reading Corner for All- Review
8/2/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
8/3/2018- BookHounds YA- Interview

11 comments:

  1. I have never seen or heard of this book so far, but by reading the synopsis of this book, it is something that I would be interested in reading. Now that I think about it, there aren't many books that I can think of on the top of my head that feature twins as the main characters. There are plenty of books with twins IN them, but they're never focused on.

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. It's a very though-provoking book! I actually had to read it twice before I could write a full review. I felt like I needed to understand Parker better, and reading it once just wasn't enough. This book definitely gives you a lot to think about. :)

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    2. Oh, Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong is the first book in a series (Age of Legends) about twins! It's soooo good!! <3

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  2. I always like a good secondary character. This sounds like a good book.

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  3. I'm curious to read your whole review later

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  4. Sounds like you liked it overall. It sounds good but I’ll wait till your full review.

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    1. It definitely deserved a second read! I finally got my full review posted today. :)

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  5. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book! I like the twin relationship, it can be a complicated one!

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    1. I think any sibling relationship can be complicated, but Parker and Charlie were in a very... odd situation. It added a lot of stress to an already tense situation, and they both buckled under the pressure. They handled it differently, but neither of them handled it well. It was a really interesting perspective, and I'm glad I read this one again before posting a full review. <3

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