Gae H. Polisner
The Pull of Gravity
Straus, Farrar, and Girroux 2011
The Pull of Gravity was a short, sweet, and juvenile realistic novel, set in the present day where our main character Nick is set on granting his dying friend Scooter’s final wish. Along with a friend named Jaycee Amato, their mission is to send a thousand dollar copy Of Mice and Men back to his father, who walked out on Scooter and his mother just a few days after he was born. Nick, who has his own conflicts with his father- (his dad is described as huge in the beginning of the book, and decides to walk all the way to New York City from their small, countryside town,) knows what the situation feels like, though is uncertain whether to follow on with the interesting and unique Jaycee. Eventually, though, Jaycee and Nick are on a whirlwind adventure to uncover the missing father of Scooter Reyland and Nick and Jaycee’s own complicated family ties. Although the premise was interesting and The Pull of Gravity looked like a very short, very easy read, I could not get into it. I think it was more of a ‘this is not my type of book’ situation instead of anything the author did or did not do. I did not feel compelled to read into the night with this book, nor was I really excited when I picked it up to read. The lack of real action might have been one thing, or maybe the slow turning of events. All in all, The Pull of Gravity was an okay read, but considering the number of good reviews I’ve seen on The Pull of Gravity, I might try it sometime again in the future.
Rating: 3 Readable