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Publisher's Summary

Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans.

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, 17-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another "Astrokid", and finds himself falling head over heels - fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

Narrated by Michael Crouch

The Shooting Stars TV show is brought to life with a full cast featuring:

Jonathan Davis as Josh Farrow

Gabra Zackman as StarWatch announcer

January LaVoy as Grace Tucker

Angelo Di Loreto as Mark Bannon

Chris Andrew Ciulla as Calvin Lewis, Sr.

Dorothy Dillingham Blue as Donna Szleifer

Cynthia Farrell as Ariana Rogers

Soneela Nankani as Halima Ali

Sullivan Jones as Leon Tucker

Bahni Turpin as Kat Tucker

Author's Note read by Phil Stamper

Includes an About the Audiobook conversation between Phil Stamper and producer Diane McKiernan

©2020 Phil Stamper (P)2020 Listening Library

What the critics say

"I'm so starry-eyed for this wise, romantic gem of a book." (Becky Albertalli, New York Times best-selling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What listeners say about The Gravity of Us

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Cute Story with beautiful relationships

I was able to fall in love with all of the characters in different ways, and see the intricacies in their personalities and their morals. I'm so glad I have stories like these to listen to and to read, and Phil created a masterpiece

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  • Kyle
  • 2020-05-04

Finally an lgbt love without the coming out drama

Really fun story to read about the romance between two guys where coming out and identity issues were not the main focus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-23

A weak story

tbh didn‘t really enjoy. I hated the pacing. No ups and downs and no moments of exhilaration and cannot resonate with the emotional moments. Liked the narrator’s voice though.But not worth my credit.

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  • Jonathan Stamper-Halpin
  • 2020-02-07

An Amazing Queer Love Story (with FULL CAST!!!)

So happy to have another amazing LGBTQ+ book to listen to. Stamper’s story is incredible and Crouch, along with the rest of the cast, brings it to life perfectly. 100% would recommend!

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  • denny mccarthy
  • 2020-08-21

Heavy eye rolling 🙄

I’m sorry. I just couldn’t get into this book. I listened to the whole thing but had an incredibly difficult time. The premise of the story was intriguing and I liked that part a lot. Definitely loved the astronaut part and all the stuff about the families. The main character Cal though, geeezus. He was so incredibly unlikable. I loathed the character and found him so intolerable. And unfortunately the love story part felt so shallow and forced. I hated this book over all and I really wanted to like it.

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  • CMB4062
  • 2020-06-20

Good, not great

I recently finished the book "Red, White, and Royal Blue". I could barely put it down and fell in love with the characters and the story. I was really looking for something similar that would suck me in, make me cry, and cheer... this book was good, not great. The narration was a little flat for me. I did enjoy the "Star Watch" segments but think that part would be hard in a physical book form- it worked well in the audio book! I don't usually leave less than 5 star reviews because it seems like I love every book that I listen to. And, after listening to the author's note at the end of the book, I feel a little guilty leaving less than 5! But it's a take it or leave it for me.

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . Wordpress. Com
  • 2020-03-04

When reading do you ever feel like an accomplice?

The Gravity of Us is simple the story that all teenage boys or girls of a millennial age or even younger should read to understand that with hard work everything is possible. If this book does not resonate with this generation, I am not sure what will. Not only is this book dealing with typical topics of what comes next after school or even how to find one’s path, like any other coming of age story, but gives a modern approach on how to use social media to propel your life goals. As a master in Digital Marketing and Social Media, I can see modern topics that this generation can understand and aspire to be, from Influencing exposure to followers to managing one’s brand in the many endeavors of finding the perfect niche to where develop and exploit one’s creativity. The approach to sexuality is done without many details in a sense that it does not get vulgar, so stop asking if it is “clean” because young adults need to see themselves reflected in the work of authors. This makes them feel comprehended and help them see that they are not alone. These are small oasis for those who need an escape of this highly censored society. Cal with all his intensity was a nice character that honestly annoyed me too much from time to time. His need to plan everything ahead of time, I see myself in that trait, and that everything all the time is about himself! For more, google our name!

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  • k
  • 2020-03-03

Lovely story but I sort of hated the pacing

I think the story and the message was really good but the pacing felt too fast and almost rushed.

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  • Jarred
  • 2020-02-17

Slow burner

It’s great to see a queer love story but the whole plot was lackluster and seemed rushed. Worth skipping

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  • Ahdem
  • 2020-02-15

True gem

Great story. Couldn’t have enjoyed it more. We listened as a family and my kids loved it as much as I did.

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  • Anibal soto
  • 2020-02-12

this book is amazing!!

I really enjoy this book. the performance was amazing. the story was something refreshing, something modern and different

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