Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder

Letting Go of Gravity

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...

Details Letting Go of Gravity

TitleLetting Go of Gravity
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Family

Reviews Letting Go of Gravity

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsParker and her twin bother, Charlie, were once very close, but Charlie's cancer became a wedge, which slowly, but surely, pushed them apart.One of the things I really loved about this book was Leder's exploration of how Charlie's cancer affected the whole family. Because their parents were so consumed with worry for Charlie, Parker took it upon herself to be the perfect child. She kept a low profile and out of trouble, while exce...
  • Mandy
    *I am participating in the blog tour for this book - I received an e-ARC for that, but it didn't change my opinion for it at all!*4.5 crownsWow. Okay, tbh, I picked this book because I thought it would be a nice fluffy read about twins and, like, idk twin things? I thought there would be a few feels, but mostly I was just in my contemporary zone, ready to get in my summer mood. What I got? A book that made me cry on the treadmill, the most relata...
  • noor
    4.5 stars. This book gave me so much more than I expected, and even if I hated the snitch main character a lil bit, i still enjoyed the story. Also: it made me cry a LOT more than I wanted to? Might have just been hella emotional at the time of the reading, but I was always tearing up for no reason reading this
  • KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
    Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honest is what I will offer you.DNF at 1/3 of the book, 1.5/5 Stars.September 5th, 2016 I lost my twin brother in a car wreck. I know what the literal loss of a twin feels like. The ins and outs of grief. I wholly believed this book would give me some sort of affirmation. Instead, this book told the stories of caricature versions of people I couldn’t tolerate reading more about...
  • Caroline
    The only reason this book is getting 2 stars, is because of Ruby. I could not stand Charlie in this book! Every time he said something rude or mean to Parker, it made me VERY uncomfortable. There was no reason for him to act like such a jerk. I think this book was hard for me to read because I'm so close with my family, so when Charlie treated Parker so cruelly and Parker continuously lied to her parents seems to me, extremely bizarre.(view spoil...
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    “I like thinking of time that way—that it’s a little more fluid in Spanish. Like maybe to start thinking about the future, you need to think about the possibility in the right now, you know?”Okay, so I originally read and reviewed this book for a blog tour (you can find my initial thoughts here ), but I couldn't definitively express my overall feelings. There were things I enjoyed about the book, but there were also a lot of things that ...
  • Becky
    Originally posted at: bickeringbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/...Summary: Charlie and Parker are twins that are complete opposites. Charlie is carefree while Parker is anxious. Charlie is the popular life of the party while Parker is the studious valedictorian. Charlie had leukemia and Parker was healthy. Charlie’s illness shaped Parker’s childhood and helped her decide on a future. Parker was going to get into Harvard and become a doctor to sav...
  • Carolyn
    This book gave me all the feels! I laughed out loud, I ugly-cried, I had moments of fear, anger and frustration. Thank you, Meg Leder, for sharing this beautiful story and it's characters with the world. You have an amazing gift and talent for creating a bond between reader and character that i have not experienced in a long time...dare I say, since John Green. This is the kind of book you want to take a sick day from work to just lay in bed and ...
  • Emily
    Parker McCullough has just graduated as valedictorian of her class, but the moment is bittersweet. Instead of her twin brother, Charlie, sitting with the rest of their graduating class he is nowhere to be seen. It is a bittersweet day for him as well, as all of his friends and his sister are moving on with their lives, but he will remain in high school after having to skip his senior year to fight leukemia once more. The twin’s relationship has...
  • Jennifer Y.
    Letting Go of Gravity was an unexpected surprise...I mean that in a good way, I promise. I was a little worried I’d be a sobbing mess by the end of the story after reading the blurb and considering the subject matter, but surprisingly I smiled as much as I cried reading this one, if not more.The main focus of the story are fraternal twins Parker and Charlie, individuals who couldn’t be more different. A recent high school graduate, Parker is ...
  • Brooke
    There are some books that are fun. Then, there are some books you need.I needed this book.I got the ARC at YALLWest in the hurried frenzy that is "idk that cover looks nice" and "I don't know what I'm in line for except that it's a book," which means I went into this with no preconceived notions except for a love of the title and the knowledge it was about twins and cancer and I hoped it wasn't another TFIOS. It's not. This isn't a cancer story. ...
  • Lindsey Swindlehurst
    I received this as an EARC from netgelly for an honest review. I gave this a 4/5 stars. I did not expect this book to pack such a punch like it did but I'm glad it did. The story was written beautifully and I cried a lot. The only problem I had was that I hated Charles character and it made me enjoy the story less even though I think he's the way he is for a reason . Overall I really enjoyed it and highly recommend.
  • Eden Smith
    A real, thought provoking book about what it means to find yourself without someone or something else. 15/10 would recommend.
  • Kayla
    Well that was a fast yet meh read. I don't think I wanted to read this in the first place but I did and I don't regret it, I just didn't enjoy it.
  • sydney smith
    what a beautiful book. what a beautiful heartbreaking yet heartwarming story, that teaches us how to fly. "And I'm floating in a most peculiar way, And the stars look very different today"
  • Rayna
    Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway!So so good. I finished this in two late nights of reading because I just couldn't put it down. There were so many life issues and feelings packed into this book, and they were all written in such a lovely way. The plot chugged along so smoothly and it seemed like I was living alongside these amazing characters. I felt like I was punched in the gut multi...
  • Nicole
    4.5 "What would it be like to do something not because you had to, but just because you wanted to?"Letting Go of Gravity starts with a story of a gravity girl and a helium girl that grandma used to tell twins Charlie McCullough and Parker McCullough. This story represented Charlie who wants to fly and Parker who won't let go.Parker is Harvard bound and she's the valedictorian of her class. After learning Charlie has Leukemia, Parker wants to be a...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Leder, Meg. Letting Go of Gravity. Simon Pulse, 2018.Charlie and Parker are twins, but that's where their similarities end. Charlie has had leukemia twice and is now in remission, although he has one more year of high school to finish. Parker has just graduated first in her class, has an elite internship at the local hospital, and is headed to Harvard where she will be studying to be a pediatric oncologist. As Charlie and Parker clash throughout ...
  • Kristen
    I haven't felt this on top of things since I was preparing my early-decision application for Harvard. Back then, I had to make sure every piece of the application machine was ready to do its part: SATs, recommendations, extracurriculars. Now it's making sure all of my lies are in place. Parker McCullough and her twin brother, Charlie, are different in every way. Where Parker is cautious and studious, Charlie is outgoing and reckless. Where Parker...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    When Parker graduates, she should be celebrating. As the Valedictorian who is heading to Harvard, her cautious, hardworking attitude seems to have paid off. More important than all that, however, is the fact that her twin brother, Charlie, is finally in remission after suffering from leukemia twice in the last 18 years. But even though Charlie’s cancer is gone, he’s still struggling to reconnect with his family and himself, severing the ties ...
  • Rachael
    Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a finished copy of Letting Go of Gravity to review.Parker and Charlie are twins but they aren't as close as they use to be. Parker is graduating high school as valedictorian and has been accepted into Harvard where she will attend and become a doctor. Charlie got cancer and won't be graduating with Parker and that's why they aren't as close. But while he is now in remission and doing his own thing, Parker has ...
  • Stephanie
    "That's what friends do- they remind you of who you are underneath all the stuff people believe about you, all the stuff you believe about yourself."Charlie and Parker are twins. During childhood, they always had each other's back. However, they were always two different people; Charlie is extroverted, loud, popular and easily makes friends, Parker is introverted, guarded and needs approval. One other difference arose when Charlie and Parker were...
  • Shannon Kelly
    This book is like a warm hug for your heart. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance reader's copy and I am so glad I did.Letting Go of Gravity is a sweet, emotional read about a high-achieving but anxious girl named Parker and her twin brother Charlie, who has been battling cancer on and off throughout their childhoods and into high school. Now, because of his illness, Charlie is graduating a year late and Parker is heading off to colle...
  • Michal Lynn
    "Em grabs my hand as I watch Charlie swing back to the tree and then out again, like he's flying, and then he whoops, no words, just a scream of pure joy and raw fury, a heart on the outside for everyone to see..."Letting Go of Gravity is, much like it's synopsis states, about a brother and sister trying to reconnect after one of them has been through cancer treatment twice. Charlie and Parker were once inseparable (they are twins), but Charlie w...
  • Sara Ohlin
    Beautiful, beautiful book! I adored this book, these characters, the setting, the issues, the imagery, all of it!Parker may be the valedictorian of her class, and she may be going to Harvard in the fall to study medicine and she may be interning during the summer at a hospital, but her anxiety about all of it isn’t so easy to disguise anymore. She’s smacked in the face with the notion that she’s not living her authentic life and she hasn’...
  • Alexandra
    4/5**Full review here: https://www.allcharacterswanted.com/b...The synopsis of this book really captured my interest; a contemporary novel dealing with the aftermath of cancer, anxiety, and a protagonist on the cusp of the next step in her life appealed to me on a lot of levels. Not to get too far into my personal life, but I’ve been to a lot of funerals lately, so a story about someone surviving cancer gave me a lot of hope. A Story About Rela...
  • Sandra Porter
    Cancer moved through out family like a river wearing away it's banks. You didn't notice at the moment, but two years later the essential shape of us was changed forever...no going back to who we used to be -ParkerWhat would it be like to do something not because you had to, but just because you wanted? -Parker'You don't owe anyone anything--it's not an exchange. That's just what people do for the people they love." -Parker to Charlie"My grandma u...
  • Amy
    I loved this book. The characters and the storyline were incredibly real, raw, and relatable. I would highly recommend it to fans of realistic fiction, specifically family dramas, and for sure would give it to readers who enjoyed I'll Give You the Sun .Parker has always wanted to be a doctor. Being a pediatric oncologist is her way of making something good come from her twin brother's leukemia diagnosis, and his relapse. Working hard, focusing o...