REVIEW: The Gravity of Missing Things

You’d think as someone who travels for a living, that I wouldn’t read plane crash stories. But the truth is, I can’t resist them. They are always compelling and the mystery of what went wrong is always so interesting to me. In this story, a plane goes missing mysteriously mid-flight and we follow the pilot’s family as they navigate the uncertainty and grief. Violet is a junior in high school and she felt she had a special bond with her mother. That bond has her torn at the seams with fear for her mother. As the investigation begins to uncover her mother’s secrets and query whether perhaps the plane going missing was her fault, Violet goes into investigator mode. She tries to balance her regular life with her sister, best friend, theater commitments and her new crush with this aching grief and uncertainty surrounding her mother’s fate.

I have to say, I didn’t like Violet much. She was quite self-centered and un-empathetic to everyone in her life. What I did like was the other characters calling her on her nonsense, but overall, it was very young YA in tone. There is some growth in Violet and the explanation we get about her mother’s life was a bit unexpected. There are a ton of potential triggers in Violet’s life and pretty good representation. It was a quick easy read that I tackled in one sitting and there was enough in there to get you thinking. 


Thanks to Entangled Teen for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.

Where did you go on your last flight?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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