Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A year ago, Chris was badly beaten by group of males who hated Chris for being trans.
A year ago, Maia lost her sister Mallory due to an undetected heart defect.
Now, Chris finds himself in a small town in North Carolina, ten hours away from his home in Buffalo, spending the summer with his aunt after his parents decide that they need some time separate from him.
Maia finds herself avoiding all of her friends, wallowing in grief, unable to live for herself.
But on the day that Chris moves in with his aunt, they unexpectedly meet after Chris almost hits Maia with his car. The two then slowly become friends while considering the possibility of a romance.
Something Like Gravity is an honest look at what can happen when two people, left broken in different ways (Chris with his possible parental rejection and trauma from being beaten, Maia with losing her sister), find each other.
While this read can be heavy at times, it feels real. While I cannot speak on the accuracy of the trans rep, it doesn’t feel exploitative, and the author appears to have done her research. The grief from Maia and her family feels extremely real as well.
This is a solid read, and it’s one that I recommend. Something Like Gravity releases June 18.