Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Growing Up Weightless Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1994


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$60.00
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$7.50 $0.01

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New Adult Fiction by Rainbow Rowell
Acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell's latest book, Landline, offers a poignant, humorous look at relationships and marriage. Learn more

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553568140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553568141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It's not that Matt Ronay, the protagonist of this novel, is weightless; it's just that he lives on the Moon, and he has the ability to flow gracefully through the low gravity. There's a figurative weightless to the story as well, that of Ronay's life and decisions he faces growing up as an adolescent in lunar society. Ronay, a brilliant youth, takes a trip to distant city, acts in theater and dreams of flight to far-off worlds. His father, a leader in lunar politics, doesn't always understand, though he may have had some of the same yearnings as his son. This imaginative novel won the 1994 Philip K. Dick Award.

From Publishers Weekly

A young man's coming-of-age story set on the Moon at the end of the 21st century.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Spring Lea E. Henry on November 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was too young to fully understand the complexity of the main character's decision about his future. When I started to go through the same sorts of choices, I found myself haunted by the book, even though I had finished it years ago. The most powerful scene for me is the mother's farewell. Even at the time it made me cry; now it is one of those scenes I use as an example to myself of what good writing really is. Thank you John M. Ford for a very moving experience!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Gotlieb on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I cannot imagine why Growing Up Weightless is not in print. I was on the jury that picked it for the P.K. Dick award, and since reading it I have always felt that it describes life on the Moon as it should and must be.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ailsaek on September 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just read this book recently and loved it. I'm amazed people haven't been collaring me and saying "Have you read Growing Up Weightless yet? It's fantastic!" It's the sort of book that ought to have a cult following.

It isn't really a coming of age book, it's more complicated than that. A lot goes on around the edges, and much that you think is important, isn't. This book is best read, in my opinion, in one or two sittings where you are really paying attention, and taking five minutes to process and then turning around and rereading to see what bits you missed the first time isn't out of place, and is well-rewarded.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The young characters of this book are very intelligent teenagers (thats why its labeled scifi). They are nearly adults, and must decide what to do with thier lives. The main character finds out, and to go through with it might tear up the family, and his friendships.
Some may say there is no strong plot in the story, but there is the strongest of plots, its a heart-tugger. Except you won't know it until you have finished, then you will mourn the loss of your bond with these young people. You'll also know that they have long lives ahead of them.
The longest journey starts with single step, and sometimes that can be the hardest, saddest step in your life. Sometimes losing your youth, while giving you great new opportunities, can make you hurt for what you are giving up. This book did that for at least one reader..... GeronL -a reader
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search