Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the meme moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to list their top ten favorite book blogs/bookish websites. The following websites are in no particular order. 


1. The Perpetual Page Turner is a blog that I have been following for at least 5 years. Jamie is amazing and I always look forward to her posts. Her blog is mainly a lifestyle blog now but there are still a good amount of book related posts even after she had her daughter. She is super nice too. I got to meet Jamie a few times at BEA before. Jamie also used to host the The Broke and Bookish Secret Santa annually and also of course is one of the founders of The Broke and the Bookish.

2. Goodreads is the Facebook for book lovers. Anything you possible need to know about a certain title is listed on Goodreads. You can befriend others, join book clubs, enter giveaways, participate in group forum threads, and organize all your book that you own or plan to read. There are multiple ways to organize your books which is great. Also, you can post reviews, rate books and check ebook deals.

3. So Obsessed With started as a book blog but is now more of a lifestyle blog. I love how Hannah includes posts about how she uses traveler's notebooks and happy planners. She has great organizational posts including one about how to maximize the usage of Goodreads.

4. Alexa Loves Books is one of the blogs I have been following since I got into book blogging. Not only do I love all of her posts but she has some fun and unique features that she co-hosts with Rachel from Hello, Chelly. There are ones about trips that she goes on with Rachel, Table for Two foodie reviews and Friends with ARCs. Occasionally her husband will post some reviews as well.

5. Hello, Chelly is run by Rachel one of my favorite features that she has called Book Bags that incorporates her love for handbags and book covers. Of course, as I mentioned above, I enjoy the co-feaures she does with Alexa which includes Table for Two and Friends with ARCs.

6. Miss Print is a blog that I frequently check for reviews in general. I trust Emma's insight about most books that she reads. I often like to read Miss Print's Week in Review where Emma shares all the posts of the week and talks about what has been going on in her life for that week. I have a shelf on Goodreads that I labeled as Emma Reads. Based on Emma's reviews, I will add some books that I am unsure about or haven't heard about until I read Emma's review.

7. Overdrive is an excellent website for people who love to read e-books and audiobooks. Overdrive is connected to many library networks and you can request ebooks to read for free! I love being able to browse the catalog to see what is available right away but you can always request a title and Overdrive will notify when the ebook or audiobook is ready to download by e-mail. All you need is a library card to access titles on Overdrive.

8. Edelweiss is not only a website to request e-ARCS but it's also a great website to access publishers' seasonal title catalogs. I love to read up more information about each title and each title's marketing plans. I also review books on Edelweiss as well.

9. The Book Addict's Guide is a book blog run by Brittany and she is also the creator of Novelly Yours candles. I enjoy reading Brittany's reviews and Brittany is one of the co-hosts of On The Same Page Secret Sister project which I participated in for a few rounds. I actually met quite a lot of bookish people through #OTSPSecretSister.

10. So...I couldn't figure which blogger or website to include as my final one. There are just too many to choose from.


What are some of your favorite blogs or bookish websites to visit?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Harry Potter Conventions in 2019

So it's that time of year where I am going to chat about Harry Potter conventions. We are about one year out until MISTI-Con 2019! And there will be two LeakyCons next year! I am not one for LeakyCon usually but because they are returning to Boston after ten years, I am considering attending LeakyCon. MISTI-Con will take place from July 18-21, 2019 in Tarrytown, NY. LeakyCon 9 ¾ will take place August 9-11, 2019 in Dallas, TX at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention and the LeakyCon10 will take place October 11-13, 2019 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston, MA. Leviosa is going to be next year too but this time in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel instead of Las Vegas. Leviosa 2019 will take place June 27-28, 2019. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can attend Leviosa 2019 because financially I can’t afford three Harry Potter cons in one year. Also, Boston and Tarrytown are more doable since I live about 20-30 minutes away from Boston.

MISTI-Con is usually in Laconia, NH at the Margate but next year, it will relocate to a Doubletree in Tarrytown, NH. Not only is the new location near Sleepy Hollow but the new location will be able to accommodate more people. Only down side that it won't be completely Muggle free. Also, instead of having the convention in May, the convention will be held in July. I assume it’s because kids are still in school in May and a good amount of attendees work in higher education. I am excited to reunite with my HP friends and I am looking forward to meeting new people. Right now, early registration, VIP registration and guided passes are available. If you register now, you will be able to get a group code in an e-mail to get first dibs on rooms. Literally on the first day when the rooms were available for people who already registered, I booked a room for three nights.

MISTI-Con 2017

Harry Potter conventions provide a different way to experience the magic of Harry Potter. The experience is different from reading the books, watching the films, participating in Quidditch or even attending the Wizarding of Harry Potter theme parks. Harry Potter cons open doors to long lasting friendships. You will never feel out of place. You will never feel lonely. You will always be in your element connecting with others who also share the same love for Harry Potter. No matter if you have other interests, you will at least bond over the wonderful magical world of Harry Potter. Everyone is super welcoming at Harry Potter conventions. I am a very introverted person and it’s usually very hard for me to meet people. However, at Harry Potter cons, I flourish. It’s very easy to strike a conversation with people about something you love so much. Harry Potter conventions will provide entertainment, fantastic programming, interactive workshops and of course as I said before, those long lasting friendships. A Harry Potter con is a family reunion and an avenue to meet new people. You will always find home and your family within Harry Potter.

If you want to read more information about previous Harry Potter conventions I’ve attended in the past, check out these posts.

LEVIOSA 2016 

 
Day 1 and Day 2 Recap
Day 3 and Day 4 Recap

MISTI-CON 2015

 
Day 1: The Beginning
Day 2 Recap
Day 3 Recap
Day 4 and Day 5 Recap

MISTI-CON 2017

Day 1 Recap
Day 2 Recap
Day 3 Recap
Day 4 and Day 5 Recap




Also, if you plan on attending any of the mentioned Harry Potter conventions, please let me know. I would love to meet up if you do plan to attend MISTI-Con 2019 and LeakyCon 10.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Aladdin at the Boston Opera House Recap

Image from boston-theater.com



I was fortunate to see Aladdin on Friday, July 20th. Not only was the musical at the gorgeous Boston Opera House, but my fiancé, my two friends and I had amazing seats! We sat in the front row of the dress circle and I highly recommend dress circle seats over orchestra seats. Not only do you have a fantastic view of the stage but dress circle seats are probably some of the best seats I've ever had. It's probably due to the fact that the front row has more leg room and no one in front of you to obstruct your view.

Image from BU.edu

With its magical lamp and enchanted carpet, Aladdin took musicals to a whole new level. Of course, the Genie stole the show! Michael James Fox was phenomenal! Just enough comedy to make the audience laugh but he really carried out the show. I loved how he starts off the show with pulling out Red Sox hat from his pocket instead of the magical lamp.

The ensemble kicked ass with the wonderful choreography and the constant costume changes. The special effects were in your face in a good way from sparklers to flowing streamers. It brought the show into a more animated experience. Not only were classic songs sung but there are new numbers too. Because the show couldn't have animals on set, Iago was still Jafar's right hand man to handle all the dirty deeds and also as a laughing companion. Abu was replaced by three friends named Kassim, Babkak and Omar. But Abu's photo did show up on a sign! I was a little sad that Rajah wasn't seen on stage. Three handmaidens replaced Rajah as Jasmine's companions. The creepy cave voice was perfect for the Cave of Wonders. it added just the right amount of mysteriousness. Although some of the details from the beloved animated film was omitted, the musical followed the main premise of the storyline. However, I felt the end was rushed a bit with Jafar's wishes.

Image from bostonglobe.com
Welcome to Agrabah! Aladdin is colorful, splendid and sensational! It's a musical for all ages and it's probably the best musical I've seen live. I highly recommend it seeing it at least once if not more. Join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine for a ride of a lifetime.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Letting Go of Gravity Blog Tour: Interview with Meg Leder

Thank you to Rock Star Book Tour for this wonderful opportunity to interview Meg Leder, author of Letting Go of Gravity! I am a big fan of Meg Leder's debut novel, The Museum of Heartbreak and I absolutely enjoyed Letting Go of Gravity. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the blog post and check out the other tour stops! Also, you can check out my review for the novel here.


Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

Synopsis:

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 hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.


ACCLAIMED PRAISE

A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering 'I got you' long after you've closed the book. –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus

“A poignant and carefully crafted story…. A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal

“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly

INTERVIEW WITH MEG LEDER

1. Letting Go of Gravity contains a lot of relatable issues that many teens go through such as anxiety, supporting a seriously ill loved one and even living to society's expectations to do well in life. It's also a heartfelt and emotional novel. How long did it take from conception to final draft to complete the novel? Did it take many drafts to hone in on each character's story and issues they face every day?

Meg: I worked on Letting Go of Gravity for four years, the last three of those in earnest. I have a full-time job as an adult nonfiction editor at Penguin Books, so I don’t write as quickly as I’d like. But I spend every Saturday and Sunday writing for 5-7 hours a day, and use the week to think about my characters, what they’ve done and what they’re going to do next. I don’t remember what exactly sparked the idea for this book—it’s a very personal project, so maybe the spark for it has always been in me! But once I knew I wanted to explore anxiety and expectations and how those play out in families, things started to take shape pretty quickly.

I did a lot of revising on my own before my editors saw the manuscript, and then once they came on board, we did a lot more! I worked with a fantastic team of three editors at Simon Pulse, and they each brought something really magnificent to the table. They pushed me and this manuscript beyond what I knew I was capable of, and as a result, I think the characters really breathe on the page. In particular, Charlie’s arc grew a lot from where I first started—they really encouraged me to go deeper with his character.


2. Your characters are very memorable. Who is your favorite character to write about in Letting Go of Gravity and why? Which character was the most difficult to write about?

Meg: I love all these characters so much, this is harder to answer than I expected! But I really loved writing Parker the most because she’s so much like me, but also because she’s eventually braver than me. She figures out who she is at a much younger age than I ever did, and even though it’s not an easy process, I’m kind of in awe of her for that.

The hardest character for me to write was Charlie. I love Charlie, but when I started this book, I didn’t always like Charlie. In early drafts, he came off as really angry and unlikeable, and I feel so protective about Parker, it was making me mad! But I didn’t want him to be a villain, and for me, the key to opening him up was digging into why he was angry. Once I started exploring that (and introduced him to Ruby, who is able to bring out a better side of Charlie), I started to discover the really wonderful parts of him.

3. When Parker rekindles her friendship with Finn, she ends up discovering her true passion and does some soul searching. When did you find your passion for writing? Also, what are some of your other interests?

Meg: I’ve always been a huge reader, and I’ve spent the last twenty years working in publishing, so I like to think that it all eventually just rubbed off on me! But it wasn’t until I was having lunch with my agent (who was repping me for some nonfiction projects) and he suggested I might have a voice for young adult that I began to consider what it might mean to write a novel. That was about ten years ago, and since then I’ve been hooked. It’s not easy, but I like creating something on the page and seeing where it takes me—I get a lot of joy out of that.

As for other interests, it will not surprise anyone who’s read Letting Go of Gravity to know I’m also a big fan of both pottery and street art. I’ve taken pottery classes on and off throughout the years, and I love the feeling of throwing clay on the wheel, and then pushing that into a finished shape. As for street art, one of my favorite ways to spend time is to wander a city and to discover its street art. Right now, I’m really into Invader, a French artist who posts video game images in tiles all over cities. There’s even an app you can use to record where you find them, sort of like a scavenger hunt.

4. Are you a plotter or panster?

Meg: I fit somewhere in-between. I always compare my writing process to a road trip. I know where I’m starting and I know roughly where I want to go, but I haven’t planned the route just yet. I like to head off and leave room to take side roads and to recalibrate my destination as I go!

5. So far you've written contemporary YA novels. Can you give readers some hints about your current work in progress?

Meg: I’m working on a few different things right now, and I’m not sure if either will bloom into a novel—it’s still too early too tell, I think! One is contemporary YA, one is trying something a little new. It’s like planting seeds—I hope one or both of them takes!

6. What are some of your favorite YA books that you would recommend?

Meg: Oh man, I could go on and on for this one! Some of my absolute favorites in the past few years: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood, all of the Charlotte Holmes novels by Brittany Cavallaro, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, anything by VE Schwab (Darker Shade of Magic is so fantastic), the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir… again, there’s so much stuff I love! I’m a sucker for any book with a romance, and I have a soft spot for fantasy. And I cannot wait to read Janet McNally’s The Looking Glass and Deb Caletti’s A Heart in a Body in the World, because I have heard such amazing things about both books already, and of course, am practically counting down the days for Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.
Thank you Meg Leder for this splendid interview! 

ABOUT MEG LEDER

Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


GIVEAWAY

3 winners will win a finished copy of LETTING GO OF GRAVITY, US Only. Nicole's Novel Reads is not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail. Good Luck!



Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/23/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
7/24/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
7/25/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
7/26/2018- 100 Pages A DayReview
7/27/2018- Never Too Many To ReadReview

Week Two:

7/30/2018- Book Princess ReviewsReview
7/31/2018- Nicole's Novel ReadsInterview
8/1/2018- The Reading Corner for AllReview
8/2/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review
8/3/2018- BookHounds YAInterview


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Letting Go of Gravity Release Day Blitz & Giveaway
















I am so excited that Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder is available now for everyone to read! I absolutely enjoyed this book and I hope you get a chance to read it too! Check out my review here. If you haven't had a chance to read Meg's other wonderful YA contemporary, Museum of a Heartbreak, definitely check it out since it's one of my favorite books!

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for organizing this wonderful release blitz. This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Simon Pulse and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

Synopsis:

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 hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.


ACCLAIMED PRAISE

A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering 'I got you' long after you've closed the book." –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus

“A poignant and carefully crafted story…. A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal

“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly

ABOUT MEG LEDER
Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


GIVEAWAY

3 winners will win a finished copy of LETTING GO OF GRAVITY, US Only. Nicole's Novel Reads is not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the meme moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to list their top ten books they've read in 2018 (so far). The following books are in no particular order. 


1. Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder is a wonderful contemporary novel that occurs during the summertime so of course it's an excellent summer read. The main characters are twins. Parker is trying to figure out who is she is and she battles with anxiety which sometimes prevents her from following her dreams. Charlie, on the other hand, has been in remission with Leukemia and has been battling it for quite awhile. He is sometimes bitter about it and how people treat him.


2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber is the sequel to Caraval. Legendary is all about Tella's story and how she must pay her debt for a favor from the first book. Readers follow Tella as it is her turn to participate in a Caraval game. She becomes very close with Dante and learns more about her mother. There are many twists and turns in this novel which will satiate your appetite for an adventurous yet captivating fantasy.


3. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is an intoxicating and lush fantasy that comes out this fall. This novel has East Asian elements and cliffhanger that will make you beg for the sequel. Not only are all the personalities of the characters well flushed out, but the novel has a f/f relationship that is kept a secret in order to avoid their demise.


4. Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn is a contemporary novel that delves into topics such as losing a loved one to a parent recovering from being an alcoholic. Kira is learning how to adjust living with her father after living with her aunt for some time. Her dad is out of rehab and is trying to start a new life. Kira learns to overcome many obstacles and the personal growth is huge from page one to the end.


5. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw is an entrancing novel cursed town. The Swan sisters come back ever year in June to inhabit three local girls, luring males to their death. This is revenge for their own deaths many centuries ago. I highly suggest this novel for those who like Hocus Pocus, How to Hang a Witch and/or Practical Magic.


6. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo is Goo's latest book and it's perfect for the summer. Clara is a prankster at school and when a prank goes wrong, she is stuck working her father's Brazilian-Korean fusion food truck for the summer with her archenemy. Clara does a lot of soul searching in this book. If you are a big foodie, your mouth will be watering after reading this novel.


7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling is the third installment in the Harry Potter series. This is when the trio explores Hogsmeade and when Hermione stands up to Draco. Of course who can't forget the time turner and meeting characters such as Sirius, Buckbeack, Lupin and Trelawney? But my favorite part of book three is the introduction to The Marauders and the Marauders map!


8. Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett is the sequel to Blood & Salt. You won't regret reading this novel which talks place in Spain instead of Kansas. Ash's twin brother is missing and Ash needs to find him. You're in for a treat if your like a twisty paranormal read and/or if you like The Vampire Diaries.


9. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon is Menon's second novel. Although I like Menon's debut more, this novel is a good romcom. It's light, humorous and a fast read. This novel also shows how people can be two faces or back stabbers when the truth comes to the surface. It also overthrows societal norms.


10. Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is a dark yet whimsical MG novel about Emmeline who can talk her shadow. Emmeline wields a gift of controlling shadows. She ends up befriending another wielder of a power but this time it's a boy who has command with light. Her shadow become overpowering and gets Emmeline in trouble.


What are you favorite books that you've read this year?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder

Title: Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: July 17, 2018
Pages: 432
Source/format: e-ARC//Publisher

Rating: ☆☆☆☆1/2

Synopsis (from goodreads.com):  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 hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.

M Y  T H O U G H T S 

"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 pediatric oncologist. She has a prestigious internship for the summer at a local hospital. Charlie, on the other hand, has to repeat senior year again due to missing school when he was in the hospital for Leukemia. He is currently in remission. However, the sibling relationship between Charlie and Parker has been strained ever since the twins started arguing over everything.

Meg Leder gives a glimpse how a serious illness can impact loved ones. Parker is scared bout Charlie getting sick again and possibly dying. There are a couple of scenes in the book where Parker has a panic attack about whether she can handle what life throws at her. Fortunately, her best friend Em always supports here and is always there for her. When Em moves to college, Parker befriends Ruby Collie from Float and reconnects with former childhood classmate Finn Casper.

I found it refreshing when Parker decides not to attend her internship. Just because she is the valedictorian, she is far from perfect. She can make mistakes or change her mind about stuff and her anxiety takes a form of its own. When she doesn't want to be a doctor anymore, it wasn't until she talks to Finn that she decides she needs to follow her heart. She decides to take Finn's suggestion and applies to a job at Trina's Ceramics. Parker can finally breathe and it feels like a weight is lifted off her shoulders at her new job. Creativity runs in Parker's veins even if she doesn't know it. Finn finds solace in street art as he paints amazing messages around the city. Parker and Finn starts to connect with what makes them happy.

Leder writes with sincerity. Her book is realistic and she knows how teens think to how they act to what they say. The pressure that society has on them can be unbearable and sometimes it's hard to convey what they think and feel to adults. Parker finds meaningful friendships with Ruby and Finn. She needs friends who knows what she was going through. By the end of the book, Parker finds her wings to fly!

Although the novel is fairly long for a contemporary, Letting Go of Gravity is emotionally gripping and relatable. The novel addresses how someone copes with a loved one being ill, how to manage anxiety and how one gains the strength to be honest not only with themselves but with the world. If you enjoy reading books such as The Museum of Heartbreak, The Start of Me and You and Emmy & Oliver, you will love Letting Go of Gravity.