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.