The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
|The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Robert James|
|Summary: Stunning dual narrative love story between two childhood friends has sizzling chemistry and is a gorgeous read. My new favourite New Adult novel ever. Must read!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 310||Date: October 2013|
|External links: Author's website|
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Kendall Bettencourt, at the age of just 19, has become one of Hollywood's hottest properties, but is missing her best friend Payton. Flying the other girl out to keep her company in LA and help teach her music seems like a sensible thing to do. But Payton's realised she thinks of Kendall as more than a friend - does Kendall feel the same way about her, and can their feelings survive the craziness of Hollywood life?
I picked this up on Kindle because it was only £1.99 and it looked fairly interesting. With 90% of books I buy for Kindle, it takes me at least six months to get round to reading them. However I decided to give this a go this evening on the way back from the theatre (just a week after buying it!) and absolutely devoured it, racing through it in around a couple of hours.
I've received plenty of strange looks on public transport before for giggling at books madly (step forward My Family and Other Freaks by Carol Midgley and Have A Little Faith by Candy Harper) but I don't think I've ever got looks quite like the ones I did earlier today when I got to a particular point and without realising it must have said Oh good grief just tell her, tell her! out loud. The characters here are so likeable that I was desperate for them to get together, but it's clear to see why they were hesitant about taking such a major step after being friends for so long. Speaking of likeable characters, there's a wonderful supporting cast, and it's really interesting to read a novel with so many well-drawn and sympathetic people in it. The tension - and there's plenty of it - comes from the balance between the pair's feelings for each other and the challenges Kendall faces, especially, as an A list celebrity trying to deal with the paparazzi and adoring fans.
Despite the warning that this is for 17+ readers, there's nothing that I'd be unhappy for someone in their mid teens to read. There's one main sex scene which is fairly steamy but not really explicit. Having said that, the chemistry between the two narrators is absolutely sizzling - I was glad to be reading on Kindle as I think the paperback would surely catch fire! I also thought the Hollywood setting was very well described and felt incredibly realistic. It's also got one of the best endings I've read for ages, which had me jumping to my feet I was so excited. (Thankfully, I was off public transport by then!)
Overall, this is certainly the best New Adult book I've read. Massive recommendation for all.
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