Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:
While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.
My Two Cents:
The Pull of Gravity is certainly one of those feel good fuzzy feeling type of books that make you hold you're breath hoping that everything goes well. To be so young Nick has so many things going on in his head causing him stress. His parents don't get along and his overweight father just gets up one day and announces he wants to walk to another state. Strange? Umm yes. The icing on the cake is his best friend Scooter who's had a disease since he was a kid is now dying. Even though Scooter is dying and should be all melancholy, he's the complete opposite and is my favorite character throughout the novel. He has a great attitude and has just accepted that he might die so he makes the best of it.
Jaycee definitely adds some spunk to the book. She's a bit headstrong but still sensitive deep down inside but compliments Nick well. She's a good blend of a tomboy and a damsel in distress. For me, the book really took off when Jaycee and Nick decide to look for the Scoot's Dad.
Unfortunately the best laid plans oft go awry as they say in the novel. No matter how much they planned for that journey to go look for Scooter's father they couldn't have imagined how off track things would go.