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The Center of the Universe PDF, ePub eBook Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why?

30 review for The Center of the Universe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    Doesn’t it feel amazing to read a 500-page book that reads more like a 300-page one? Also, this is what I do at university when I have lots of upcoming exams: I finish big books in less than three days. Yay, me! Nay, my grades! But really, it was a pleasure opening this one and meeting the heroine, Grace Carter, as well as her dysfunctional family. This is a family drama through and through as well as a mystery. Grace Carter’s mother disappears and Grace’s family—herself included—is trying to do Doesn’t it feel amazing to read a 500-page book that reads more like a 300-page one? Also, this is what I do at university when I have lots of upcoming exams: I finish big books in less than three days. Yay, me! Nay, my grades! But really, it was a pleasure opening this one and meeting the heroine, Grace Carter, as well as her dysfunctional family. This is a family drama through and through as well as a mystery. Grace Carter’s mother disappears and Grace’s family—herself included—is trying to do everything to find her. Did she leave willingly? Or was she kidnapped? Nothing is as it seems. So the main focus of this book is the disappearance and the investigation that follows, but Grace does not neglect her best friend Iris, who is dealing with something on her own, and new friend Mylo, whose father vanished a while ago. I loved the ways in which the other incorporated scientific facts into the storyline, Grace being an aspiring astrophysicist. I’ve never liked sciences, because I find it hard to connect to hard facts—it either exists or it doesn’t, it’s either like this or it isn’t—that leave little to personal interpretation, but I quite enjoyed Grace’s facts. I had no idea some planets could have two or more suns, that’s crazy! The writing flowed, as did the story. I didn’t feel like anything was missing, though of course I wish more was said about Mylo’s situation but perhaps he deserves his own book? I think he does *angel halo*. Really excited for each and every one of you to read it because it’s quite an experience and will make you feel all the emotions! Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    I breezed through this book in less than a day because it was just so enthralling. The story hooked me from page one. It's a book all about the relationships between mothers and daughters and examines it through the eyes of teenage Grace Carter. Grace is such an interesting character in that she feels very ordinary. And I don't mean that in any negative manner but so frequently in YA the leading character is of the 'special snowflake' variety but Grace just felt very authentic. Yes she had a pas I breezed through this book in less than a day because it was just so enthralling. The story hooked me from page one. It's a book all about the relationships between mothers and daughters and examines it through the eyes of teenage Grace Carter. Grace is such an interesting character in that she feels very ordinary. And I don't mean that in any negative manner but so frequently in YA the leading character is of the 'special snowflake' variety but Grace just felt very authentic. Yes she had a passion, for astronomy in her case, but it wasn't overdone to the degree that it was a shoo-in that she was gonna be a future Nobel laureate. Grace was just Grace... She geeked out at times, she fell hard for a boy, she struggled with her relationship with her mother GG and maternal grandmother Patricia, she felt guilty about that relationship with her mother after one day her mom inexplicably disappears, she trusts, she mistrusts, she has a well-rounded and believable friendship with her best friend Iris... She was a 100% relatable character. This book is the best kind of coming of age story all wrapped up with an intense mystery storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from this author in future. Four and a half stars *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Kids Can Press, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Rtc An interesting portrayal of mother-daughter relationship. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tasker

    I am Grace Carter's hero. It's all true! Grace is a 17 year old with an ambition to become an astrophysicist. During her story, she meets Elizabeth Tasker (that's totally me, in case you weren't paying attention), attends several talks by her and chats about the future. Being in a book is possibly even stranger than seeing your own book in print for the first time: it's kinda crazy. (And also explains why I have an advanced copy!) But Grace's story is not in fact about how she meets me. Grace's m I am Grace Carter's hero. It's all true! Grace is a 17 year old with an ambition to become an astrophysicist. During her story, she meets Elizabeth Tasker (that's totally me, in case you weren't paying attention), attends several talks by her and chats about the future. Being in a book is possibly even stranger than seeing your own book in print for the first time: it's kinda crazy. (And also explains why I have an advanced copy!) But Grace's story is not in fact about how she meets me. Grace's mother is missing and the family is thrown into the 'perpetual waiting room' as they hope for news. Grace struggles with finding her own identity in the shadow of a difficult teen-parent relationship, before realising that to find herself she may first need to find out who her mother really is as a person. Voros paints a painfully realistic picture of the pseudo-life that must occur during the hunt for a missing person. While Grace tries to find hints that tell her how and why her mother disappeared, this is no Cluedo game with a box of weapons and motives to be suddenly discovered. Instead, Voros describes a jigsaw of small facts where each inconsequential thought might be the essential corner piece that allows you to assemble the whole picture. Littered with analogies that will kick-start the imagination of even those who have never thought about black holes, this is a coming-of-age book that is impossible not to relate to.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Dawn

    Seventeen-year-old Grace Carter is the daughter of GG Carter, a national news anchor, and the granddaughter of Patricia, a semi-famous movie actress. Grace feels she doesn’t measure up to the public’s expectations of a daughter of GG’s. While GG is thin and blonde, Grace is solid, awkward, with dark hair. For the past several years, Grace has been perpetuating and accentuating the differences between GG and herself, pretending it is her choice to be different. Soon it is true. Although she has no Seventeen-year-old Grace Carter is the daughter of GG Carter, a national news anchor, and the granddaughter of Patricia, a semi-famous movie actress. Grace feels she doesn’t measure up to the public’s expectations of a daughter of GG’s. While GG is thin and blonde, Grace is solid, awkward, with dark hair. For the past several years, Grace has been perpetuating and accentuating the differences between GG and herself, pretending it is her choice to be different. Soon it is true. Although she has no interest in TV or movie stars, Grace is very interested in stars of another type. Grace has a passion for astronomy and is a member of Star Club. She loves to observe the moon and night sky through her telescope. GG’s all-consuming TV News career has caused Grace to feel embittered. In addition to GG and Grace, the family includes husband and father Andrew, and Grace’s younger brother Charlie. Grace’s growing resentment has put even further distance between mom and daughter of late. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. GG goes missing. The wife, mother and TV star has vanished, seemingly without a trace. An investigation ensues, and continues for weeks. The family is joined by grandmother Patricia, as together the family faces GG’s abduction. A clever literary fiction/family drama novel focusing on the mother-daughter relationship, strong women, a mystery, abduction, as well as humor, career goals, and astronomy references. I received a digital ARC from Kids Can Press through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE by Ria Voros in exchange for my honest review.*** 4.5 STARS Budding astrophysicist Grace has never connected with her mother GG, a TV anchor. Then GG disappears, presumed kidnapped and Grace learns she knows even less about her mother than she realizes. I know I’ve read a fabulous story when after over 500 pages, I still want more. I read CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE in one day, needing to know GG’s fate and Grace’s od ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE by Ria Voros in exchange for my honest review.*** 4.5 STARS Budding astrophysicist Grace has never connected with her mother GG, a TV anchor. Then GG disappears, presumed kidnapped and Grace learns she knows even less about her mother than she realizes. I know I’ve read a fabulous story when after over 500 pages, I still want more. I read CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE in one day, needing to know GG’s fate and Grace’s odyssey of self-exploration. Outer space has always overwhelmed and frightened me, so while I didn’t connect to the science part of the story, although I did to the bright, ambitious teenager with a passion for knowledge. Ria Voros’s words flowed seamlessly through the pages. Grace was complex, moody, sometimes self-centered, also kind and introspective. The secondary characters also had personality and uniqueness. The first half of CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE read like a mystery, what happened to GG? The second part was resolving the consequences of that mystery. I’m glad Voros included both in the same book, because CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE could have been a a book and a sequel. Voros did miss an opportunity to talk about homelessness and mental illness and using alcohol to self-medicate regarding one character’s parent. Nobody wants to be homeless, to be hungry and dirty. Many alcoholics start drinking to mask undiagnosed psychiatric conditions. Most homeless people are the chronically mentally ill. Voros should have added that into conversations about this character’s parent. CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE will appear to readers who like smart, strong female characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)

    It has been a while since Ria Voros has had a new YA novel. I read her White Pine nominated title, The Opposite of Geek a few years ago and it had a really unique format and wonderful writing. I am looking forward to reading this mystery that has some science and romance as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The writing of this book really worked for me - the short chapters and beautiful writing. The book is supposed to be 500 pages, but it felt like around 300 - a real quick read, where there was quite a lot of happening. Nevertheless, the book needs a few trigger warnings for abuse, kidnapping etc. The plot of the book was actually quite interesting. I haven't read many books where one of the parents go missing, so i was really fascinated by it. It was also written very well and the motive and most The writing of this book really worked for me - the short chapters and beautiful writing. The book is supposed to be 500 pages, but it felt like around 300 - a real quick read, where there was quite a lot of happening. Nevertheless, the book needs a few trigger warnings for abuse, kidnapping etc. The plot of the book was actually quite interesting. I haven't read many books where one of the parents go missing, so i was really fascinated by it. It was also written very well and the motive and most of the reasons etc. were quite realistic, while some parts seemed too unrealistic. more at: https://3mmakatariina.wordpress.com/2...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    I almost DNFed this book, but I'm glad I didn't. It drags at the beginning, but I really liked the characters and I was curious enough about the romance brewing between Grace and Mylo that I kept reading. It's an interesting story and it's executed well. The writing is good, it flows quite well, despite the pacing being slow in the first half of the book, it still keeps your attention. The characters are well-developed, and the relationship between Grace and her mom GG is intriguing throughout. I I almost DNFed this book, but I'm glad I didn't. It drags at the beginning, but I really liked the characters and I was curious enough about the romance brewing between Grace and Mylo that I kept reading. It's an interesting story and it's executed well. The writing is good, it flows quite well, despite the pacing being slow in the first half of the book, it still keeps your attention. The characters are well-developed, and the relationship between Grace and her mom GG is intriguing throughout. I enjoyed the astrophysics facts scattered throughout the read, but then again, looking up that kind of facts is a hobby of mine. All in all, this is a solid read. I haven't read any of Voros' work before, but I'm definitely gonna check it out now. Same goes for Elizabeth Tasker, the astrophysicists that's mentioned and referenced in the book. And if you like YA/contemporary, mother daughter relationships that are going through rough patches and facts about space, then this is the book for you. *Copy received through NetGalley *Rating: 4/5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ramisa (sentrancedbookworm) Chowdhury

    Thank you Netgalley for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Like every other kid, I was awed by the amazing-ness of our universe. Every fact was super interesting and I loved learning about it. But while growing up, I got so engrossed by our modern life that I forgot about those details and this book just made me remember them. The center of the universe is about Grace Carter whose mother GG goes missing one day. GG is a famous journalist and a favourite amongs Thank you Netgalley for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Like every other kid, I was awed by the amazing-ness of our universe. Every fact was super interesting and I loved learning about it. But while growing up, I got so engrossed by our modern life that I forgot about those details and this book just made me remember them. The center of the universe is about Grace Carter whose mother GG goes missing one day. GG is a famous journalist and a favourite amongst the people, but her relationship with her daughter is somewhat strained. After she disappears, Grace learns a lot about her mother and finds a side of her that she never knew existed. The book mainly focuses on the mother-daughter relation between the two and honestly, that was what that made me finish the whole book. The writing was very scattered and was quite aloof. It was really messy and disconnected but I read the uncorrected copy so I think a lot got edited after I got my copy. I was really intrigued for the first half of the book and then afterwards, it just dragged on. The mystery around GG's disappearance really built up but the ending didn't match it.  The story had a good premise but I was really annoyed with the main protagonist. I was really underwhelmed with her and if I must say, super annoyed. She was selfish at most times and had this attitude that made me fume. I could not connect to her character at all. I know she is seventeen and has mommy-issues, but I was seventeen and that doesn't excuse the behaviour. Look at me being annoyed at teenagers while I, myself, still am one.  Her relationship with Mylo was not really special and didn't stand out as much. It didn't develop properly and felt really flat. They did not connect much and I really wanted to see it grow because I actually liked Mylo a lot.  I also enjoyed the astronomy section of the book quite a bit. It's very well researched and I remembered a few details that I knew about but forgot over the years. Made me feel a little appreciative and amazed of the universe. Overall a good book but it was not really exciting and a little disappointing.  Would recommend it 5/10.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Engrossing ~ Bittersweet ~ Relatable tl; dr: Teen deals with mother's kidnapping while also dealing with her mommy issues and love issues. This story took a number of surprising turns. I expected a fairly regular YA book but ended up getting something sort of psychological. At points, you feel stressed for the main character, surely a good sign the writer has constructed a relatable story. The astronomy angle, the MC's chief interest, felt a little contrived at parts. But, the relationship betwee Engrossing ~ Bittersweet ~ Relatable tl; dr: Teen deals with mother's kidnapping while also dealing with her mommy issues and love issues. This story took a number of surprising turns. I expected a fairly regular YA book but ended up getting something sort of psychological. At points, you feel stressed for the main character, surely a good sign the writer has constructed a relatable story. The astronomy angle, the MC's chief interest, felt a little contrived at parts. But, the relationship between the mother and the daughter, as well as the kidnapping, make this a story worth reading. 3.5 Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. The Center of the Universe was an amazing all-around read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, and always looked forward to picking it up again. Typically, I try to do housework while the kids take their naps, but this week I've been staying in their room long after they've fallen asleep, I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. The Center of the Universe was an amazing all-around read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, and always looked forward to picking it up again. Typically, I try to do housework while the kids take their naps, but this week I've been staying in their room long after they've fallen asleep, just so I could keep turning the pages. (You should see my house right now...eesh. Neglected and scary, but totally worth it!) I still cannot believe this book is over 500 pages! It never felt long, and all of the information was relevant and necessary. The writing flowed beautifully, and I was completely entranced by what was happening. Did her mom leave willingly? Was she abducted? Was that a clue? Honestly, I considered everything a clue, and I was still surprised by what happened. Ria Voros is clever -- loved it! More than anything, I think The Center of the Universe is about a relationship between a mother and a daughter. Grace starts gathering tiny fragments of information about her mother after her disappearance, and she was surprised by how much she didn't know. I feel like that's true for all of us, because how well do we really know our parents? What were they like before we existed? Her dad, grandmother, and some of her mother's friends, shed a light on GG Carter that Grace was unaware of before. It allows Grace another perspective of her mother, and maybe a better understanding. Iris and Mylo are amazing friends (can we get a Mylo book, please), and they're both there for Grace throughout the book. Mylo's constant reminders to breathe were sweet and thoughtful. He shared his own experiences with loss, and was able to relate to Grace in a way no one else could. Iris is simply the best! I also loved her parents and their cooking -- yum! They both go above and beyond to help Grace, despite having their own problems to deal with. Families are messy and complicated, and I thought the author did a fantastic job of painting a very realistic picture. Grace fights with her brother, is annoyed by her grandmother, and is sarcastic with her father. She fought with her mother (repeatedly), and yet they were still a family. It was obvious they loved one another, and it was clear that they were all trying to do their best under the circumstances. There were happy moments amidst all the sadness, and we see people trying to cope with their grief while also supporting their loved ones. I was totally and completely engrossed in The Center of the Universe from the very first page. I loved the opening quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson, and all of the scientific facts shared throughout the book. I've always been enamored by space and the mysteries of the universe, so Grace was a character after my own heart. It was never overwhelming, just a girl sharing her knowledge and her passion. If I keep listing all of the things I enjoyed about this book, this post will go on forever. It's a truly remarkable read that I look forward to reading again in the future! Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on March 29, 2019.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Considering i am well past the target age for this book I was surprised at how much I really found it to be a story I just could not put down. It is not only a movie worthy plot ,it's thought provoking and intelligently written .If someone is smart enough to screen play this ,it needs to have narration from young Graces perspective with actual text from the novel itself. I really loved all the characters ( except of course one ) since I felt they were all "real" people and I could actually be li Considering i am well past the target age for this book I was surprised at how much I really found it to be a story I just could not put down. It is not only a movie worthy plot ,it's thought provoking and intelligently written .If someone is smart enough to screen play this ,it needs to have narration from young Graces perspective with actual text from the novel itself. I really loved all the characters ( except of course one ) since I felt they were all "real" people and I could actually be living next door to them . The cover is terrific too .So even if you are not a young adult yourself ,you will completely enjoy this story which is a combination of family drama ,crisis and mystery told from the viewpoint of a highly perceptive ,smart seventeen year old . I really loved the fact it was not dumbed down to cater to the teen market which is what makes it appealing to a " ahem " slightly older demographic lol.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    The Center of the Universe is an fascinating YA contemporary novel about growing up, about family, about love and friendship, about horrible events that change and shape lives, about waiting and overcoming, about learning to listen, and about watching the stars. Part mystery, part coming-of-age contemporary, The Center of the Universe is sure to delight and surprise YA contemporary readers. Grace Carter is the third Grace in her family. And while her grandmother is an actress and her mother a pop The Center of the Universe is an fascinating YA contemporary novel about growing up, about family, about love and friendship, about horrible events that change and shape lives, about waiting and overcoming, about learning to listen, and about watching the stars. Part mystery, part coming-of-age contemporary, The Center of the Universe is sure to delight and surprise YA contemporary readers. Grace Carter is the third Grace in her family. And while her grandmother is an actress and her mother a popular and well-loved TV news anchor, Grace prefers her life well out of the spotlight. Instead, she spends her time searching for new planets, star gazing and hanging out with her best friend, Iris. But when Grace’s mother goes missing, Grace will have to re-evaluate her relationship with her mother and everything she thought she knew about her. As the police put together theories about what happened to Grace’s mother and as Grace and her family contend with the endless questioning, waiting and swooping news crews, Grace herself grows closer to Mylo - a boy from school who knows exactly what Grace is going through. I was intrigued by The Center of the Universe. While the disappearance of Grace’s mother and the mystery surrounding what happened to her underscores the plot it doesn’t drive it in the way I expected. This is not a fast-paced mystery-thriller. Instead it is a thoughtful contemporary novel about growing up, discovering that your parents aren’t always who you thought they were and deciding a path for the future. The Center of the Universe is a fairly long book and while it never drags, it takes its time weaving Grace’s story together. Grace leaves most of the mystery-solving to the police, but she does uncover a lot of secrets and history she never knew about her mother. As they wait for developments in the case, Grace spends her time trying to understand the grandmother she doesn’t much like moving into their home, watching her father and brother try not to fall apart, and hanging with Iris and Mylo in a series of ‘jailbreak’ adventures. I loved the friendship Grace shares with Iris. There is something very genuine about their connection, the way they communicate, fight, and make up again. The romance between Mylo and Grace is more a meeting of two souls who have shared experiences rather than a quick, flash-burn romance. They navigate growing feelings as they balance their understanding of each other with the ways in which they are different. The Center of the Universe is a reflective, family and friendship-orientated novel. Grace’s love of space, planets and astrophysics shines throughout this novel, woven together with mystery and romance. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Rating: 4.5 stars Review: This book had so many things that I loved: girls in STEM, awesome friendships, mystery, and interesting characters. The STEM element was excellent and the space stuff was so interesting. Maybe it’s just because I think astronomy is fascinating, but I liked it a lot. But what was really cool was that the author also consulted with an actual astrophysicist! Elizabeth Tasker, w *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Rating: 4.5 stars Review: This book had so many things that I loved: girls in STEM, awesome friendships, mystery, and interesting characters. The STEM element was excellent and the space stuff was so interesting. Maybe it’s just because I think astronomy is fascinating, but I liked it a lot. But what was really cool was that the author also consulted with an actual astrophysicist! Elizabeth Tasker, who if you’ve read this book you’ll recognize as Grace’s hero, is a real life person as well. She does indeed work for JAXA and there’s a super cool interview with her at the end of the book (at least in the e-ARC I received there was). I just loved seeing that the author really did her research. It definitely showed when Grace talked about astronomy, too. I also thought it showed in how the author portrayed GG’s abduction, the family’s struggle while she was gone, and the aftermath of the trauma on all of them. It’s difficult to show trauma, but I do felt the complexity of it was shown in this book. While I cannot directly speak to how this was portrayed and it’s accuracy, it felt like it was handled respectfully. From some of the reviews of this book I read, I noticed that some people thought this book was slow and some DNF’ed it because of this. While I wouldn’t call this a fast paced book, I felt like it was appropriate for the story it was telling. If you’re looking for something with non-stop action, this isn’t the book for you. But it’s a good slow build that depicts wonderful friendships and, at it’s heart, is about mother-daughter relationships. Speaking of friendships and relationships, I loved Iris and Mylo. They’re Grace’s best friend and love interest respectively. Iris was one of my favorite characters in this. She was interesting, funny and I loved seeing a cool depiction of homeschooling. Mylo was such a sweet love interest, too. Both of them also had such realistic relationships with their parents. Overall, I really liked this book. I’d recommend if you want a contemporary that has mystery elements but is ultimately about mother-daughter relationships.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Warnings: abusive relationship, suicide mention, discussion of trauma and PTSD, mention of homelessness A big theme in The Center of the Universe is the parts of people that we do not know, and it is explored in the mother-daughter relationship of GG and Grace. Grace's mother is a broadcast journalist and her work frequently has her away from her kids' lives, something that Grace resents. With her mother and grandmother both involved in being on-screen and their being public, Grace feels a discon Warnings: abusive relationship, suicide mention, discussion of trauma and PTSD, mention of homelessness A big theme in The Center of the Universe is the parts of people that we do not know, and it is explored in the mother-daughter relationship of GG and Grace. Grace's mother is a broadcast journalist and her work frequently has her away from her kids' lives, something that Grace resents. With her mother and grandmother both involved in being on-screen and their being public, Grace feels a disconnect with them with the astrophysicist aspirations and her need for privacy. When GG goes missing and the search for her continues beyond weeks, Grace slowly starts to learn about another side of her mother. “We’re all made up of different versions of ourselves, Grace. Different parts that we outgrow or hang on to or hide.” Drawing on complicated relationships daughters have with their mothers, the book shows through Grace how children often see their parents only in a singular role. Here, Grace only sees her mother as that, and resents her for not adequately fulfilling her role. She doesn't realize her mother is also a person, someone who has things that they want, someone who is caught in a personal crisis about where their life is going. From a teenager's point of view, it seems natural that she wants to be close to her mother, but from an adult's point of view, you can see that she is also rejecting the efforts being made to bridge that gap (to the point that it sometimes comes across as bratty). I also feel this is a book that will be read very differently based on the reader's own personal views and stage in life. The book is being shelved as mystery on here, and yes, it is a mystery in the first half, as Grace and the police are trying to put the pieces together to find out what happened with GG's disappearance, but it is not a 'thriller' kind of mystery; it isn't the main attraction as with actual mystery novels. Instead, it is a slow building of Grace's new worldview, where she realizes there are many sides to people, including her mother, and her friends' parents. She finds a bond with Mylo, her friend and crush, who understands what it is like to be waiting for someone's safe return, and to have a complicated relationship with one's mother, and is her rock during this time. Grace and her best friend Iris also have a strong bond, but she feels Iris' happy family life means she has no base to understand her own struggles. Finally, the book does a good enough job of connecting Grace's passion to her understanding of the world and of relationships. It is a good exploration of strained familial relationships, discusses abuse (and its effects on a person's psyche) and also touches upon going with your passions in life at the cost of your future. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Kids Can Press, via Netgalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tayler Steele

    Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review! I really wanted to like this novel, but I wanted to DNF after 20%. I really could not get into it at all. 1. I felt like the main character was about as dynamic as a piece of cardboard. She was a moody brat for a large portion of the novel, and her "change" toward the end felt lacking and didn't ring true. Other than the fact that she's super into astronomy, I felt like I got no sense of her personality. I got a lot of de Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review! I really wanted to like this novel, but I wanted to DNF after 20%. I really could not get into it at all. 1. I felt like the main character was about as dynamic as a piece of cardboard. She was a moody brat for a large portion of the novel, and her "change" toward the end felt lacking and didn't ring true. Other than the fact that she's super into astronomy, I felt like I got no sense of her personality. I got a lot of descriptions of what she was doing, her memories, and her text/email conversations, but I left the novel with no real sense of this character. 2. Because I felt like the main character was so flat, the "romance" in the novel felt so off. The only description we really got of her feelings were some butterflies in her stomach. Then they're kissing and messing around in the car. There was no real build-up and it just wasn't something I could root for because I couldn't get invested in them as characters or as a couple. 3. Really, the only character I even halfway enjoyed or felt anything toward was the mom, GG. More than anyone, she was a character with depth and intricacies and interest. I didn't necessarily like her, especially with the whole TV stunt at the end, but I at least felt like I was watching a character develop. 4. I felt like there were so many points in this novel that could have been fleshed out into some beautiful moments with real development, but they were always cut abruptly short, which was jarring. I was constantly left wanting more, but this novel never delivered.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    I think this book really did have the potential for greatness, if only it wasn't so heckin long. But overall I really did enjoy it!! I am a huge fan of any book about astronomy, so I really appreciated Grace's character and her fascination with outer space. She really looks up to Elizabeth Tasker, and I thought the way that was incorporated into the story was really cool! I love Milo so much thooooooooooo he's honestly the sweetest 😍😍😍 And there were some really interesting family dynamics which wer I think this book really did have the potential for greatness, if only it wasn't so heckin long. But overall I really did enjoy it!! I am a huge fan of any book about astronomy, so I really appreciated Grace's character and her fascination with outer space. She really looks up to Elizabeth Tasker, and I thought the way that was incorporated into the story was really cool! I love Milo so much thooooooooooo he's honestly the sweetest 😍😍😍 And there were some really interesting family dynamics which were complicated and just explored really well which I super appreciated!! Also my love of crime shows meant that I was immediately intrigued by the element of kidnapping in the plot, and the mystery was really interesting to follow!! I think this book is really good, I was just in the mood for a quick cute read and this novel went on for too long. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a review copy! All opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachael (foreverxbookish)

    I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. DNF at 15% I couldn’t bring myself to read 500 pages of this book. I didn’t like anything about it. I wasn’t a fan of the writing. It was just really basic and kept going off on irrelevant tangents that I’m pretty sure have nothing to do with anything. It purposefully left out information, probably to discover later on in the book, but it ended up making it so jarring and disconnected. I literally thought I was r I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. DNF at 15% I couldn’t bring myself to read 500 pages of this book. I didn’t like anything about it. I wasn’t a fan of the writing. It was just really basic and kept going off on irrelevant tangents that I’m pretty sure have nothing to do with anything. It purposefully left out information, probably to discover later on in the book, but it ended up making it so jarring and disconnected. I literally thought I was reading a sequel for the first little bit because nothing was being explained. The main thing that really bothered me though was that there was no build up before her mother went missing. 6 chapters yes, but in all that time it didn’t give me the faintest idea of what her relationship with her mother was really like. It was a lot of her complaining that her mother doesn’t understand her and then comparing everything to space. I can’t talk about the mystery element without spoiling anything really, but it might have been the weakest disappearance I’ve ever read. I literally didn’t think anything of it because she’d already just disappeared 6 times to work in the span of a few chapters. I feel like it should have been prominent since the whole thing is about her disappearance. I have a surprising amount of feelings for only 75 pages. I really appreciate being given the chance to read and review this early, but it’s definitely not for me and I don’t plan on finishing it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    If The Center of the Universe was a jigsaw puzzle, it would be the type of puzzle where after the frame was completed, you would have a hard time finding where the rest of the pieces go, because, well, for some strange reason, the pieces just don’t fit. I can’t really explain my experience with this book any other way. Yes, this book does have a frame (a teenage girl’s mother goes missing), but, there’s so many other parts and pieces thrown into the mix, and, none of them seem to work, or, fit, If The Center of the Universe was a jigsaw puzzle, it would be the type of puzzle where after the frame was completed, you would have a hard time finding where the rest of the pieces go, because, well, for some strange reason, the pieces just don’t fit. I can’t really explain my experience with this book any other way. Yes, this book does have a frame (a teenage girl’s mother goes missing), but, there’s so many other parts and pieces thrown into the mix, and, none of them seem to work, or, fit, together. This book frustrated and annoyed me. I think I did a happy dance when I finally finished it. The Center of the Universe is about Grace Carter, an aspiring teenage astrophysicist who has a lot of built up teen angst. She is the main reason why I disliked this book. I couldn’t stand her. If I had a dollar for every time she was “annoyed” or “pissed off” (her words, not mine), I would be a rich girl. You see, Grace gets really angry when people don’t pay attention to her or her interests (astrophysics). This anger is centred on Grace’s mom, GG Carter, a very famous local journalist, and Grace’s grandmother, Patricia Forsythe, a somewhat famous actress. While it’s easy to see that GG is a workaholic, I would say that Grace unfairly villainizes her mother. From the onset of the story, it’s obvious that something is off with GG. Grace notes how her mother is losing weight, and how skittish and burnt out she seems. Yet, Grace still finds fault with pretty much anything to do with GG, even after GG goes missing. Then there’s Grace’s grandmother. Grace seems to have it out for her grandma simply because she hates the smell of Grandma’s perfume. Oh, and the fact that Grandma sees herself as a starlet. But, really, from what I could gather from Grace’s relationship with both her mom and grandma (and really for how long the book is, it felt like we really weren’t given sufficient information about these relationships), is that there was no relationship because of Grace. Grace became interested in space and stars (“important things”), while her mom and grandma were celebrities and she didn’t like that. If Grace came off her high horse maybe she would realize that what she talks about is really boring and complicated to people who aren’t into astrophysics, and that maybe she should start caring about what matters to other people as well. Argh. Aside from Grace, GG, and Grandma, the rest of the story is filled with a handful of other characters and a whole bunch of their useless side stories. There’s Grace’s best friend, Iris, who’s also into astrophysics, who takes courses on computer hacking, and, who, with the help of her loving parents, is passionate about helping out refugee families. There’s this whole section dedicated to a fundraiser that Iris sets up to raise money for refugees, which leads into the story of Iris and her love interest. There’s Mylo, Iris’s friend from computer hacking, and Grace’s love interest (gag). He loves photography, but like Grace’s mom, Mylo’s mom is also a local celebrity of sorts and she doesn’t get along with Mylo either, because, shocker, she doesn’t understand him and doesn’t want him to be a photographer. (view spoiler)[Then we find out that Mylo’s dad walked out on him and his mom, and disappeared too. The last they heard of him, he was living on the streets. (hide spoiler)] While I understand that Voros was trying to create connections between Grace and Mylo, their stories were so similar that it was ridiculous. It added nothing to the story. Don’t even get me started on the romance. Mylo and Grace are barely together, then they’re a couple, then they lose their connection and Grace doesn’t understand why, and then they’re back together and so in love, and it all just makes me want to puke. It seems like the author really felt like this was some life changing romance that helped Grace pull through her mother’s disappearance, but really, it seemed like filler. Mylo could have easily been taken out of the story and nothing would have changed. Then, while all of this stuff is going on, there’s also the police investigation happening with the main detectives popping in and out of the story at convenient times. And I can’t forget to mention Marge, one of GG’s best friends, who provides emotional support to the family, and who knows more about GG than Grace realizes. There’s also GG’s coworkers and how they want to create a TV special about the disappearance. Ugh, thinking about all of this makes my head hurt. Do you see where I’m going with this? There are so many pieces to this story, but, they all read like their own separate narrative. The only reason why half of these characters are relevant is because they not so surprisingly lead Grace to come to some sort of realization about her mom, or, lead her to a clue in the investigation. But really, none of these characters were needed in order for Grace to gather this information. It made everything complicated and disjointed. Nothing seemed to fit together; it was all bits and pieces. There are more effective ways to incorporate secondary characters into narratives. (view spoiler)[I can’t forget to mention the whole Felipe storyline. Really? It was so random. Some guy who was good friends with GG, who faked his death years ago, who’s been living on the run, who is the only person to know what GG really wants? It’s not a bad idea, but, within the context of the book, it just didn’t really make sense. This aspect of the story read more like an adult thriller than a YA contemporary. I actually would have liked more info regarding Felipe since it was such a bizarre turn of events, but, he served his purpose and was gone soon enough. (hide spoiler)] If this book was just about Grace and her family, and the ongoing investigation behind GG’s disappearance (was it an abduction, or, did GG willingly leave?) and the aftermath of it all, this would have been a good read. The only reason I gave this book 2 stars is because I liked the overall concept of the story. I liked the idea that behind GG’s public persona was a person that Grace never knew about. However, Voros spent way too much time fleshing out side stories and minor characters. Both Grace and GG could have used way more character development, and their relationship (before and after the disappearance) needed further exploration. *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher and RockStarBookTours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: April 2, 2019 Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller Recommended Age: 15+ (TW for kidnapping, TW for potential rape, PTSD, sex, and I think there was some small language in this book) Publisher: KCP Loft Pages: 506 Amazon Link Synopsis: Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher and RockStarBookTours. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Publication Date: April 2, 2019 Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller Recommended Age: 15+ (TW for kidnapping, TW for potential rape, PTSD, sex, and I think there was some small language in this book) Publisher: KCP Loft Pages: 506 Amazon Link Synopsis: Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why? Review: For the most part I liked this book. I thought it was well written and it was great to see a tragedy from the perspective of a family effected by it instead of from the viewpoint of the victim. It was realistic and raw. I felt that the character development was great. However, I did have some issues. I really didn’t like all the misinformation in the book. At one point in the book the father mentions how you had to wait 3 days to report a missing person. This is entirely false. The book is set in Canada and according to the websites I went to, including a government website, it advises people to report missing persons ASAP no matter their age. I usually hear of a 24 hour rule, which is a complete myth and here is why: The first 24 hours in a missing persons case is the most crucial to a case and to the victims life. Your chance of survival and of being rescued decreases significantly after 24 hours is up. I feel it is essential to inform people of the correct times to report missing persons as this can easily mean the difference between life and death for someone you saw/suspect getting kidnapped. The fact that the father waited three days to report the mother missing was very annoying as well. If you think a loved one is in danger or you don’t know where they are PLEASE CALL 911. Another misinformation in the book is that the children in this book were allowed to be interviewed without parental consent. While I’m not exactly sure of the ages of the children as well as the age of majority in Canada, this is a complete falsehood as well. Children have to have a parent or guardian present, even if one of their parents is a suspect. The back and forth of the time is confusing at first and it takes a bit to get used to. The length for this type of book is really long too, but I’m unsure of how the author could have reduced it. I felt like the book needed to be that long, but it also felt like it was too long as well? It’s a confusing feeling. Verdict: I recommend this for the mix of contemporary and thriller.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Bree

    I think I enjoyed the premise of this more than the execution of it. The foundation is there for a suspenseful and emotional, gripping, story about an aspiring astrophysicist named Grace, who, because of her proclivity to think rationally, scientifically, tends to view the world and the people in it through a black-and-white-lensed telescope, but who, upon her mother's unexpected disappearance, which leaves her crumpled and scrambling for answers about the woman she thought she knew, must learn I think I enjoyed the premise of this more than the execution of it. The foundation is there for a suspenseful and emotional, gripping, story about an aspiring astrophysicist named Grace, who, because of her proclivity to think rationally, scientifically, tends to view the world and the people in it through a black-and-white-lensed telescope, but who, upon her mother's unexpected disappearance, which leaves her crumpled and scrambling for answers about the woman she thought she knew, must learn to understand that the answers she seeks about those she loves aren't always simple. They're messy and tangled, contradictory, and sometimes--absolutely surprising. However, while lots of potential existed to truly explore and highlight these things, they were brushed upon only lightly. They were, in essence, more on-the-surface than anything. This applies to the characters and the conflicts they experience as well. For example, the stones are there for a deep examination into the emotional disconnect that exists between mother and daughter, between grandmother and granddaughter, but I found myself disappointed in the lack of complexity. The fact that neither Grace's mother nor grandmother seemed to care or take an interest in her passion for astronomy for a long time came across as one-dimensional mostly because there was no establishment of these relationships prior to GG's disappearance. It seemed more like Grace was telling me how they "didn't understand her" "didn't try" instead of showing me how or why she felt that way. Speaking of the disappearance, by the way, the whole thing felt anticlimactic. And dare I say it--a little boring? I respect and acknowledge the author's attempt to draw parallels to this idea of a Perpetual Waiting Room - which is a beautiful metaphor for the internal turmoil that would afflict someone whose entire world is upended when a loved one goes missing, the thoughts that would rankle, resent, and repeat - but I would've preferred dragging through the inner, outer, and emotional sludge with the family as they waited for news instead of sifting through a bunch of "did you hear anything" text messages. I wanted to feel the fear and despair the character experienced, the agony of not knowing what happened, and not be told every few lines how much waiting for answers sucked. The same can be extended to Grace and Mylo and their connection, which was based on similar experiences and understanding. I wanted to feel their attraction more, not be told about it. All this said, I did enjoy all of the astronomical references as well as Grace's knowledgable fascination with binary star systems, Nebula gases, black holes and the like. A girl who's passionate about science is important to represent. So thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Antonella's book world

    3,5 STARS YOU CAN ALSO FIND THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG https://antonellasbookworld.blogspot.... The Center of The Universe by Ria Voros is one of those books that makes you feel conflicted, because on one hand I just couldn't wait to understand all the story behind the abduction of Grace's mum, on the other hand it was really hard to get through more of half of the book. Everything was so slow and for most part I read quickly and skip a lot, especially from 30% to 60% of the book. Everything was l 3,5 STARS YOU CAN ALSO FIND THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG https://antonellasbookworld.blogspot.... The Center of The Universe by Ria Voros is one of those books that makes you feel conflicted, because on one hand I just couldn't wait to understand all the story behind the abduction of Grace's mum, on the other hand it was really hard to get through more of half of the book. Everything was so slow and for most part I read quickly and skip a lot, especially from 30% to 60% of the book. Everything was like in stand by and frankly I didn't really want to read all of it. This book has like central point the relationship between Grace and her mother, GG. A relationship between a mother and a daughter that isn't going through a good phase. They are distanced, disconnected and they don't really see eye to eye in most of the things especially GG's job. The author is really good at creating the story, however I didn't really enjoy most of the book, mostly for the following reasons: ✔ It was too slow, especially in the first 65%/70% of the book ✔ Too much talk about astrophysics and astronomy. This is more personal though and it just concerned me since I'm not really interested in those things. But it made lots of part of this book much harder to go through. ✔ The main character Grace. I didn't like her so much and I didn't connect with her. Apart from those things the book was really interesting, It was a story about healing, about a daughter and her mother who, despite their differences, they go through a difficult phase in their relationship. After all, everything can be fixed with communication and love. I recommend it for who likes to read about a mother-daughter relationship and for who has an interest in astronomy and the universe. *Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kylee Jackson

    Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I almost DNFed this a few times. The celestial imagery and metaphors were very heavy-handed, especially in the first few chapters, and it turned me off immediately. I like space as much as the next guy, but this was too much in a short span of time. The first half of the book is a drag. I skimmed most of it. It just wasn’t interesting to me. The build up to GG disappearing was interesting enough, and the immediate fallout of that Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I almost DNFed this a few times. The celestial imagery and metaphors were very heavy-handed, especially in the first few chapters, and it turned me off immediately. I like space as much as the next guy, but this was too much in a short span of time. The first half of the book is a drag. I skimmed most of it. It just wasn’t interesting to me. The build up to GG disappearing was interesting enough, and the immediate fallout of that was an easy read, but as the initial shock wore off and the story continued, I was bored. There were so many mentions of this knockdown dragout between GG and Grace about Star Club, and the payoff was disappointing. It definitely didn’t justify the guilt Grace felt over it, as it wasn’t the last thing Grace said to GG before she disappeared or anything. I don’t know, the middle of the book was just odd. But I skimmed until the 60% mark, when we discover what happened to GG, and that was interesting. That was a compelling read. There were still some frustrations, but I was willing to overlook it because I finally enjoyed the story being told to me. I did not buy into the romance between Grace and Mylo, but it was fine. It didn’t really feel forced, but it also didn’t feel like it was nearly as serious a relationship as it was meant to be. To me, they were casually dating, not in the midst of some deep, all-consuming love, the latter of which I think the author was intending to portray. The ending felt a little weird, like the author wasn’t really sure where to end things. It wasn’t rushed or anything, but it just didn’t feel like a significantly meaningful ending in relation to everything else that happened in the story. I will say that this book was well-researched, and while I’m not totally sure that’s how police investigations work, I’m also not Canadian, so maybe it is. If anything, it’s realistic enough that it wouldn’t bother me to learn that’s not how things work. Overall, this is a fairly run-of-the-mill read. It was interesting enough, and I did like the space nerd angle, but ultimately, it’s not something that left me speechless or that I’d reread. 5/10 would recommend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Phuong

    I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. DNF @ 40% Wow, I feel so bad right now and don't know how to review this book. Would anyone believe that I have never DNF a book in my life before? I always finish the book no matter how bad it is, but this time I couldn't force myself to read a 500pages book I didn't enjoy at all. The main problem was probably the heroine. I found her super annoying, she was so moody and was complaining about everything, how her mother always w I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. DNF @ 40% Wow, I feel so bad right now and don't know how to review this book. Would anyone believe that I have never DNF a book in my life before? I always finish the book no matter how bad it is, but this time I couldn't force myself to read a 500pages book I didn't enjoy at all. The main problem was probably the heroine. I found her super annoying, she was so moody and was complaining about everything, how her mother always works and never appreciate her. I could not connect with her in any way. Grace wants to be an astrophysicist, so her interests are planetary science and cosmology, something I'm not particularly interested in. At first, I found all the references to stars, the moon and the universe interesting, but after a few chapters, the metaphors and facts got too much that I started to skip a lot of them. Something that was bothering me was the plot. We hardly see the relationship between Grace and her mother and then suddenly her mother is gone? After her disappearance, nothing really happens. I was waiting for ANYTHING to happen but nothing. Because I'm curious I read the last few chapters to see how the mystery was resolved, but it was kind of predictable. Maybe this book is more for people who are interested in astrophysics and family mystery, but it was not for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suleika Santana -All About Books

    I really loved it! Grace and best friend Iris have an awesome relationship, they are the perfect definition of best friends. I also LOVED Mylo, he was the perfect book boyfriend. I liked that both Grace and Mylo had a not so great relationship with their moms and the connection of the missing parent was great as well. The mystery was what kept me reading, I just needed to know what happened to GG. Grace's dad, little brother and grandma were also great characters and I really liked that they pla I really loved it! Grace and best friend Iris have an awesome relationship, they are the perfect definition of best friends. I also LOVED Mylo, he was the perfect book boyfriend. I liked that both Grace and Mylo had a not so great relationship with their moms and the connection of the missing parent was great as well. The mystery was what kept me reading, I just needed to know what happened to GG. Grace's dad, little brother and grandma were also great characters and I really liked that they play a big part on the story. The story wasn't just about Grace and her love interest, it was so much more. This one I will definitely recommend to all my friends!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    I really enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed how the author integrated astrology into the story. I appreciated how the characters weren’t so cut-and-dry. What I mean by that is there wasn’t a clear-cut list of good people versus bad people. Characters had their flaws and pros just like regular everyday people. I would definitely read this book again, and I would recommend it to other YA readers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    DNF @ 35% I liked the characters, but it was way too slow.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Blog | YouTube | Instagram From other reviews, I think I have an unpopular opinion. For whatever reason, I was not that impressed with this book. I received an eARC and then later received a physical ARC for an honest review. I think the biggest issue I had with this book was the fact that the premise seemed as if it will focus on the disappearance of Grace’s mother but that actually wasn’t the case at all. I have come to realize that when a book is false or not really accurate in depicting its a Blog | YouTube | Instagram From other reviews, I think I have an unpopular opinion. For whatever reason, I was not that impressed with this book. I received an eARC and then later received a physical ARC for an honest review. I think the biggest issue I had with this book was the fact that the premise seemed as if it will focus on the disappearance of Grace’s mother but that actually wasn’t the case at all. I have come to realize that when a book is false or not really accurate in depicting its actual plotline, I end up not enjoying it as much simply because I went into it expecting something and received something very different. In fact, while the disappearance is definitely the underlying element, it was only maybe about 25% of the book. The rest of the book actually focused on Grace herself, her love for astronomy, her friendship and romance, and, most importantly, dealing with her mommy’s issue. Another issue I had with this book was the pacing. I felt that the book did drag for some time especially in the beginning and at the end. There were just too much build up in terms of finding out what really happened to her mom in the beginning and then at the end, too much was drawn up when they were figuring out what truly happened. The one thing that I did enjoy was at the end when the relationship between GG and Grace seemed to take a turn for the better. I think the author did a good job with depicting the ups and downs of a mother and daughter relationship especially with the added strain of her mother essentially being a celebrity. Overall, I think this book had some potential but I just don’t think that this book is for me. I didn’t particularly like Grace either and there were definitely times when I could care less about her issues. I think this book would appeal to readers who fully understand that this book is not so much about the mystery but figuring out one’s own path and understanding and discovering the tenuous yet strong mother daughter bond.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Was this really 500 pages? I feel like I flew through it! I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and how much I liked Grace (our heroine) and I loved how smart she was (astrophysicist) and she is full of facts that were interesting and I actually learned from the book (which is always a plus!) What I enjoyed most about this book, is that its characters are people. They could be people we run into on a daily basis. Yes this story is about Grace's mom disappearence which in all hones Was this really 500 pages? I feel like I flew through it! I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and how much I liked Grace (our heroine) and I loved how smart she was (astrophysicist) and she is full of facts that were interesting and I actually learned from the book (which is always a plus!) What I enjoyed most about this book, is that its characters are people. They could be people we run into on a daily basis. Yes this story is about Grace's mom disappearence which in all honestly helps the plot and helps Grace exam her relationship with her mother and her father. Its not a thriller in the sense of Grace hunting down what happened to her mother in a unrealastic fashion, but more how she interacts and grows from this. This was one of the best YA drama's that I have read in a while.

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