Now, being the John-Hughes-movie-loving romantic that I am, I’m all about a good friends-to-lovers story, and that is what The Gravity Between Us is. Well, it’s a friends-to-lovers story, in any case… Up-and-coming movie starlet Kendall and talented musician Payton have been friends since they were kids, but now Payton is in her first year of college and Kendall is being cast in blockbusters and nominated for awards and such. On a visit home to New Jersey, Payton rather abruptly comes out to Kendall, and subsequently comes to realise she has feelings for her friend. And as a result, despite having thought herself straight, Kendall begins to realise she too has feelings for Payton.
Aaaand – repeat.
That is pretty much the recurring theme of this book. Zimmer tells the story in alternating point-of-view between Kendall and Payton, but unfortunately, because of the similarity in their feelings for one another (I love her, but she can’t know), and the general lack of distinction in their characters, I often found myself struggling to remember whose POV we were in at any point in the story. Their internal struggles with their newfound emotions were, for me, lacking in nuance, and were stretched out for over half the book. This wouldn’t be an issue necessarily, but there was also a lack of passion, of desperation, of really wanting these characters to get it together. Even when they finally do express their wants and desires, it’s about as passionate as a snail crawling across a muddy flowerbed.
While Zimmer’s writing is assured, the content feels clichéd, especially the explorations of young Hollywood – but even those elements could probably have been pushed a little more. Unfortunately, I felt that The Gravity Between Us just plodded inexorably towards a predictable conclusion, with none of the enjoyment of knowing where a story is going but loving the ride. I wanted to feel the gravity of this one, and unfortunately I could just have easily have floated away from it. Ouch.
Cringe Factor 4/5
Is it Hot in Here? 0.5/5
For the Love of Feminism! 2.5/5
Overall Tasty Goodness 2/5