Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Pull of Gravity Book Review

Nick Gardner's father just walked out on him--and he's still walking, all the way to New York City to lose weight.  And Nick's best friend, Scooter (a.k.a. The Scoot), is dying of progeria.  Scooter's wish: to return to his estranged father a signed copy of Of Mice and Men.
Enter Jaycee Amato, a female, a good-looking one at that, and braver than Nick.  Jaycee's wish: get out of town.  It'll work for Nick. What follows is a road-trip to satisfy Scooter final wish.
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner is more than satisfying.  The tension and humor in Nick's voice, Scooter's innocence, Jaycee's longing . . . it stays with you long after you've put it down, which is an important quality of any novel, but especially for a coming-of-age story that is as bold as its characters. Polisner's unflinching look at friendship in the face of illness is to be admired.  I, for one, will never forget it.

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