The Gravity of Missing Things

- Marisa Urgo

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Flight 133 disappeared over the ocean. No wreckage. No distress signal. Just gone.

Suddenly, everyone on the news and social media is talking about whether the pilot intentionally crashed it—everyone but me. Because I know her. The pilot was my mom, and there’s no way she would hurt anyone. No one else knows that before she left, she wrote me a note. Trust me, it said.

Now it feels like someone split my world—and me—in two, and the only person who believes me is Landon. I want to trust him, to let him see who I really am, but I can’t. I have my secrets, the same way Mom has hers. All I know is falling for him will only make things more complicated.

Just as I start to open up, the answer to what really happened to Flight 133 could rip my world apart all over again—for good this time.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

meh, nothing special:
A lot happens in The Gravity of Missing Things; unfortunately, nothing seems to get the time it deserves, leaving the narrative feeling shallow and unfinished.

All the relationships here have potential, but they feel rushed and unfounded. Even the family dynamics are difficult to understand. Violet’s father seems to have a different personality every other chapter and was all over the map. He seems to have given up on Violet’s mother within hours, and he and Violet’s sister, Savannah, just go back to normal life very quickly. And Violet may be young, sure, but she’s really selfish. Savannah is exactly right when she says Violet is self-centred; everything – from her mother’s disappearance to who Savannah dates – is filtered through a very immature lens of how it affects Violet. Every time it feels like one problem is solved, she latches on to something else that can be turned into a problem. Oh, the joys of being a teenager. I’m not even going to go into the whole romance angle. Let’s just say that trying to force a romance within a missing, likely dead, mother plot is just weird.

This is an incredibly sad story, but the plot is so farfetched it’s difficult to connect to the narrative or the characters. The Gravity of Missing Things is a very quick read but doesn’t leave much to hold on to.

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