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The Pull of Gravity Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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“The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers.” ―BCCB
“What summer reading list is complete without a road-trip novel? Especially one that extols the virtues of reading sad books and contains the sentence: ‘Parents are such idiots.'” ―Newsday
“Polisner's first novel begins with a bang and ends with another . . . . There is a great deal to enjoy throughout, and literary kids will surely enjoy a subplot involving John Steinbeck.” ―Booklist
“Characters feel real . . . and the plot zips along, championing strength in adversity.” ―School Library Journal
“She [Gae Polisner] is a writer young adult readers will surely want to hear more from.” ―examiner.com
“The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Although the teens’ best laid plans go oft awry, they discover that the force of the universe is with them―or at least friendship, family and romance. Pulls the heart in all the right places.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Scooter, Nick, and Jaycee are real, and they're funny. I love how they yearn for something beautiful, warm, and true to lift them from the lousy, sad absurdity of their circumstances. And I love the unlikely places where they find it: Yoda. A possibly misguided bus trip. Red wax lips. Real lips. And each other. I love that they find it mostly in each other.” ―Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal-winning author of As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
“Part love story, part adventure story, funny and serious, The Pull of Gravity is a delightful read.” ―Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
“Gae Polisner writes with fluidity and grace. The Pull of Gravity will draw you in and keep you thinking long after you've closed the book.” ―K.L. Going, author of King of the Screwups
“The Pull of Gravity is the whole package--realistic, quirky, fun, and weepy. Polisner is an author to watch.” ―Mary E. Pearson, author of The Miles Between
“The Pull of Gravity is a clever, masterfully told tale of loyalty and redemption that will pull you in and hook you 'til the last page.” ―Chris Crutcher, author of Deadline
About the Author
Gae Polisner is a wife, mother, and family law attorney/mediator by trade, but a writer by calling. The Pull of Gravity is her first novel.
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If you're looking for a great book with a male main character, look no further. THE PULL OF GRAVITY is amazing. It's believable, sad, funny, and beautiful. Polisner's style is delightful. The characters enraptured me and for several hours I was caught up in their world, hoping their issues of family problems and grief would be resolved.
I am a 10th grade English teacher and have included Of Mice & Men in my curriculum for six years. When I came across The Pull of Gravity on yaloveblog.com, I knew I had to read it. The novel hooks you from the beginning with Nick's sense of humor and descriptions of his friend "Scoot" and his quirky family. The characters read from and discuss Of Mice & Men, using it on their weekend adventure. There are quite a few parallels between the two stories, and pairing it with my teaching of Of Mice & Men has been a great way for students to make connections between texts. It also helps show my students that they can relate to "classic" literature, and that themes like friendship and dreams are relevant through time.
Below are two reviews from students who recently finished The Pull of Gravity:
Jacalyn wrote: "The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner is full of big surprises. Pull of Gravity takes you on a journey, that will make you fall in love with Nick and Jaycee, and maybe they will fall in love with each other. In our English class we first read Of Mice of Men. InThe Pull of Gravity it talks about Of Mice and Men. So it made us laugh because we know how those characters act in Of Mice and Men. But you don't need to read Of Mice and Men to read Pull of Gravity because Gae Polsiner does a great job of explaining it. Also in Pull of Gravity we can relate to Nick and Jaycee, because of the little thing that they do. The Pull of Gravity will definitely play on your heart strings a little bit. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Its very easy to follow and it will make you laugh if you are having a bad day."
Justice wrote:" ...because I read the book in class, I can at least go in depth with the theme, and how it relates to Of Mice and Men. Comparatively, the theme in both books is that plans often go awry, or Gang aft gangly.
Now, on to what I thought of the book. I thought it would be massively romantic, and really depressing but ended up being pretty good. There where a few awkward moments in class, that ended in laughter. If you enjoy realistic fiction that's light hearted, then this book is something you will enjoy."
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for middle grade students.
In short, I could not put this book down.
For me, Gae combined the then and the now and crafted a story of friendship and connection that hit me in the heart. TPogG arrived at my doorstep at 5:20 last night and by 10:15ish (and in and around dinner, bath time, bedtime routine, tweeting, and the other usual weeknight eventualities) I was done and I was touched.
Always in motion the future is. I know, Yoda said it, a long time ago, but not til this book did the depth of its many meanings sink in.
A journey we all can relate with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very nice YA book.
Unexpected things happen, expected things happen.
And it feels a bit unresolved: life goes on.Read more
The author Gae Polisner did a outstanding job with providing that relatability factor for all teens.Read more
In my opinion the Pull Of Gravity is a great book. I liked the Pull Of Gravity because it shows how such a sick person can affect...Read more