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Whew Okay Let me start with two things 1 I am genuinely so sorry to any of my trans friends who may have been hurt by my initial positive rating remarks about this book I was seeing things through an incredibly ignorant and cis lens This is one of those instances that reminded me that, when it comes to books that are not own voice, I should really be looking for own voice reviews before I start recommending these titles to others.2 Honestly, feel free to stop reading my review here and Whew Okay Let me start with two things 1 I am genuinely so sorry to any of my trans friends who may have been hurt by my initial positive rating remarks about this book I was seeing things through an incredibly ignorant and cis lens This is one of those instances that reminded me that, when it comes to books that are not own voice, I should really be looking for own voice reviews before I start recommending these titles to others.2 Honestly, feel free to stop reading my review here and check out the own voice reviews here and here, because they touch on points that I would never have thought to criticize this work for like the improper usage of a binder that seems to not have been well researched at all on the author s part Something Like Gravity strikes me as the perfect example of why manynot ALL, but MANYauthors aren t capable of writing proper representation outside of their own lanes What I thought was well intended if sometimes problematic trans rep from a cis author is being called out by many own voice reviewers as being very poor representation, and that hurts my heart, because I know there are own voice books with trans representation that aren t getting the hype and marketing this book has received.When I first finished the book, I gave it 4 stars because I had enjoyed it for the most part Even to my misguided reading, there were some major issues I had such as the trans character being outed without consent by another character spying on them while they changed clothes I honestly almost DNFed the ARC at this point because it was so out of left field and infuriated me, but I kept going because I hoped it would be addressed fully later Now I ve come to realize that not only was it not handled well, but frankly, it shouldn t have happened at all, at least not without TWs for trans readers who could be immensely triggered by it That said, I thought the characters were fairly likeable and I think Smith s prose is really lovely.After reading multiple own voice reviews, though, I ve come to realize that there are a lot of issues with this book but that s not the only reason I changed my rating I finished this book about 2 months ago at the time I m reviewing it, and it has been so immensely un memorable that I literally forgot it was on my RTC shelf until earlier today When I sat down to review it, I struggled to even remember what had happened because, in hindsight, these characters and this romance are bland Maia is low key awful, Chris entire personality revolves around 10% PTSD, 90% running and there are some comments made about Chris views of his own body that are a struggle , the plot is mostly non existent, and I couldn t tell you a single thing about any of the side characters if my life depended on it.All in all, this was a mediocre book made worse by poorly researched representation I definitely want to tryof Amber Smith s work because, like I said, her narrative voice itself is really nice and I ve heard many people say her plots and characters are usually a lot better than this But yeah, this one didn t do anyone any favors Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review (((DOWNLOAD KINDLE))) ⇨ Something Like Gravity ☞ For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor and Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time and how first love changes us all from New York Times bestselling author Amber SmithChris and Maia aren t off to a great startA near fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don t fare much better Chris s good intentions backfire Maia s temper gets the best of herBut they re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can t seem to stay away from each otherThe path forward isn t easy Chris has come out as transgender, but he s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her Falling in love was the last thing on either of their mindsBut would it be so bad if it happened anyway If this book sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend reading Tobly McSmith s Stay Gold It has a similar set up to this novel but is written by a trans author, plus I thought it was a pretty good read Review As a person who knows a lot though not everything about transitioning, passing and dysphoria, I noted that there were a lot of things related to the character Chris that didn t make much sense.For example, it s never clearly stated whether or not Chris has started hormones, so I atte If this book sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend reading Tobly McSmith s Stay Gold It has a similar set up to this novel but is written by a trans author, plus I thought it was a pretty good read Review As a person who knows a lot though not everything about transitioning, passing and dysphoria, I noted that there were a lot of things related to the character Chris that didn t make much sense.For example, it s never clearly stated whether or not Chris has started hormones, so I attempted to piece together that puzzle myself and it still doesn t make sense Chris says that a year ago his voice was high and light, yet later he says he has unawarely been talking low for years, before the hormones Chris also mentions that his dad signed the stupid paperwork for him to start on hormones If Chris had started hormones, his body would be going through many changes that are never mentioned in this book We never hear about Chris going to get t shots or administering them to himself When he goes to live with his aunt, there is no discussion of where Chris was going to pick up his prescription or get his shots Maybe this depends on the state, but also I m fairly certain you can t just have your parents sign some papers to start hormones You can t just sign papers and bing bang boom get that good good boy juice Making it seem that way makes Chris transition seem so much easier than it actually would be My second confusion is that Chris binder is mentioned and is basically the only part of his transition ever blatantly discussed But, Chris runs A lot We re to assume that Chris binds all the time when outside, or otherwise he wouldn t pass He says once that as he runs his chest is aching, the pressure in his ribs almost becoming too much AND HE KEEPS GOING If he is binding, he is doing irreversible damage to his chest and ribs If he truly had watched so many videos about transitioning, I d hope he d learned that you shouldn t bind when exercising, especially when you begin to feel pain in your ribs This one is my biggest problem There is a scene spoilers where Maia is sitting on Chris balcony and watches him undress, which wouldn t be okay even if Chris was cis As soon as I realized what was happening, I become anxious, my heart rate increasing and a very specific feeling of fear and disgust taking over my entire body Maia watches Chris take off his binder and ogles at his breasts She feels no sympathy for Chris at that moment or after We are supposed to feel bad for Maia, how hard it must be for her to know that Chris is trans and what a saint she when she decides his identity doesn t change her feelings This is why cis authors shouldn t write trans characters if this book was written by a genderqueer author, not only would this scene not be included, but if it was, Chris would be given sympathy and Maia would have to do somethingthan send Chris an inspiration photo for him to forgive her.Those were the main complaints, so here s the lightning round Chris says he s scared of becoming soft and curvy I understand that from a dysphoric perspective, but it was unneeded and purveyed the idea prevalent in the transmasculine community that transmasc people need to be muscley and skinny, and that being chubby fat is feminine, unwanted and lazy The sex scene was awkward and I would rather have cis people just not have sex scenes with trans kids in their books It s creepy, period Maia was possessive of Chris, and it never really was addressed, and he had very little agency, and it was gross I wouldn t have read Something Like Gravity if not for the trans representation, and it was that representation that made me so frustrated with this book There were just certain scenes and details that proved the author s unfamiliarity with the reality of being trans not the feeling emotion, but the facts of passing and transitioning Some stuff just felt really unneeded and gross, especially because essentially there were parts where a cis woman was describing a body very similar to my own in creepy ways I wouldn t recommend Something Like Gravity, and would especially deter trans kids from reading it This word is overused, but there were a lot of truly triggering scenes that were just stressful and unneeded If a cis person is going to include a trans person in their book, that s wonderful, but I would rather they don t try and tackle topics that involve trauma, details about the kid s body genitals, or anything in that personal vein Rating two five amber smith writing about a trans boy falling in love for the first time please just throw this book at my face i need itthis book has been thrown at my face today and i can t wait to start it Many thanks to Simon Schuster Children s Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewAfter reading some reviews amazing ones, by the way, that you can check out here and here , I have decided that I won t be picking this one up.As a cisgender guy, I don t have any experience of what it s like to be a transgender person Because of that, I want to read books that accurately represent that community which is why I m passing on this Thanks, Simon Schuster for the ARC I m sorr Many thanks to Simon Schuster Children s Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewAfter reading some reviews amazing ones, by the way, that you can check out here and here , I have decided that I won t be picking this one up.As a cisgender guy, I don t have any experience of what it s like to be a transgender person Because of that, I want to read books that accurately represent that community which is why I m passing on this Thanks, Simon Schuster for the ARC I m sorry to have to pass on it Happy reading and stay safe, everyone 3 Happy Birthday to Something Like Gravity Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram Amber Smith has such a mesmeorizing way with words I m immediately enraptured and invested Something Like Gravity is a beautiful love story between two people who are healing after their own personal tragedies I thought Chris and Maia had some of the best chemistry I ve ever read in YA I was so invested in their relationship and I just loved seeing them spend time together and grow closer Even beyond the romance, seeing each of them grow as people past their fears was so inspiring There w Amber Smith has such a mesmeorizing way with words I m immediately enraptured and invested Something Like Gravity is a beautiful love story between two people who are healing after their own personal tragedies I thought Chris and Maia had some of the best chemistry I ve ever read in YA I was so invested in their relationship and I just loved seeing them spend time together and grow closer Even beyond the romance, seeing each of them grow as people past their fears was so inspiring There was definitely parts of the story that was hard to read Chris assualt but this is such an empowering story, that I will readily recommend this story to any and everyone without hesitation I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. i got about 20% into this one before deciding to dnf definitely not a bad book but i didn t connect with either of the main characters and i definitely don t care about their relationship. To seereviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.Lets start with the cover It looks like a lesbian romance novel Chris does not pass in this picture Why do I point this out Chris passes 100% f the time in the book without any questions by anyone He temporarily moves to a new town and NO ONE ever says or does anything that implies that he doesn t pass as 100% male 100% of the time One character asks if he is gay, but that is the closest it gets I know many guys that To seereviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.Lets start with the cover It looks like a lesbian romance novel Chris does not pass in this picture Why do I point this out Chris passes 100% f the time in the book without any questions by anyone He temporarily moves to a new town and NO ONE ever says or does anything that implies that he doesn t pass as 100% male 100% of the time One character asks if he is gay, but that is the closest it gets I know many guys that passed most of the time as male without hormones, but they passed as much younger than they were as teens Chris passing as a 17 year old male without hormones is very unlikely when he is 17 My next issue is Chris is trans Before you grab your pitchforks and scream I am transphobic, I am a trans man I started my medical transition at 15 I have no issues with trans people being represented in media I have problems when they are badly written characters that makes it really obvious that the author is cis Chris s entire trans life boils down to binding, almost being raped, and coming out while in the middle of hooking up with someone So lets start with binding the binder that Chris is wearing is one I have seen before and have worn before, basic google image search and you get the image The issue is when you are binding running is not really the best idea It inhibits your ability to breathe Binders are also super expensive, so it is unlikely that Chris has too many binders laying around to go running in them all the time Sleeping in a binder can be super dangerous because of the breathing issues There is a scene where Chris takes off his binder and sleeps with someone in his bed He then sleeps shirtless Based on how strongly Chris reacted to his chest, it seems super unlikely that he would sleep without a shirt or a shirt and a sports bra does some binding while someone else was in the room His backstory is very much trans people can only ever be hated, raped, and killed which is what the media seems to think I am so done with that idea and I hate that yet another story with a trans lead has that basic plot It also seems unlikely that Chris would have been unaware that they were trying to rape him, considering how everything went down Coming out in the middle of a hook up is dangerous Chris had not started hormones or had any forms of surgery never mentioned ever wanting them for that matter There would be some pretty obvious issues with this plan that even someone who isn t super trans versed would notice erections for example The sex scene where Chris is super against his chest being touched, but is all about about his genitalia just read as a lesbian sex scene There was no dysphoria, which seems so odd considering how Chris was acting throughout the book Not all trans people experience dysphoria about their genitalia or experience it all the time, but the way Chris was written would imply he would experience dysphoria around his body So the trans character was not believable at all Was I still excited that a trans character was dating and doing normal teen things Hell yeah Had I wished that a trans author had written this character so I could have actually seen myself in him HELL YES So now that I have ranted, the rest of the book in a few sentences The characters were flat I didn t ship them I didn t care about what was happening There were cheap tricks to try to elicit emotions the dog plot There were too many coincidences at the end that made the story wrap up very nicely, without actually addressing any of the major plot points It was just an eh story Why two stars It wasn t a terrible book I really enjoyed Maia s character development and how trauma was represented for her and her family If the story was all from Maia s perspective or Chris wasn t trans then this book would probably have been a better book A beautiful, bittersweet young love story that examines the challenges of grief and otherness that face teens This novel opens up human experiences and teaches compassion and understanding throughout its pages.I was given the opportunity to read the final draft of this novel and I highly recommend it to all readers The overall book follows thematic lines of kindness, understanding and self exploration that are so vital to the young growing older and the older seeking to understand the younger A beautiful, bittersweet young love story that examines the challenges of grief and otherness that face teens This novel opens up human experiences and teaches compassion and understanding throughout its pages.I was given the opportunity to read the final draft of this novel and I highly recommend it to all readers The overall book follows thematic lines of kindness, understanding and self exploration that are so vital to the young growing older and the older seeking to understand the younger In her true fashion, Ms Smith does not shy from challenging and unsettling content, but in this work it is tempered toward a message of hope and happiness resulting in a beautiful takeaway that avoids the sap and histrionic content so common in love stories A major driving element in Something Like Gravity is the impressive strength of character Maia and Chris are both equally unique and relatable Their humanity is inherent in every page and I found pieces of myself in both of them as I turned the pages They are the kind of characters you root for, the kind you care about, the kind you find yourself thinking of randomly days later after reading the book Chris is a charming and honest example of a teen accepting his trans identity and Ms Smith makes a strong choice to skip the typical coming out story and instead works with a kid who knows who he wants to become and is working toward becoming his true self Maia is not a typical griever full of tears and aimed for pity, but a strong woman growing into an unnknown identity that is compelling and at times scandalous.The backdrop of this book, Carson, is a backwater Southern Town that creates a wonderful blend of isolationism and pastoralism for the characters to grow within At times the setting almost takes on the role of a character, driving themes and scenes with the unique experience of a rural run down single stoplight town Instead of leaning into stereotypical scenery, Ms Smith develops a unique and compelling world that has new surprises around each turn in the road.As for plot, I won t spoil any for readers, but Amber Smith shows her usual skill at keeping the reader so engrossed in the story that the pages practically turn themselves Within this she blends thematic and metaphorical content via astronomy and photography that clench the artistic edge of this novel.Overall, I d say it is her definitive work She has really blown me away with this book and I can t wait to grab the final published version and meet Chris and Maia all over again IT S AMBER SMITH S NEW BOOK I WANT IT NOW.