The Gravity of Missing Things, Marisa Urgo

Two girls are kissing on the cover. The title is in blue, across white tears over the girls, which make it look like the title has been torn from the cover.

This is a story about a young woman holding out hope against the odds for word from her mother. While waiting, Violet is in the process of finding herself and her place in her family amidst her mom’s disappearance.

It’s hard to review this without spoiling anything, so I want to be careful with my words. I enjoyed the representation in this, the overarching storyline, and the inclusion and accuracy of mental health issues. But what was so utterly bizarre to me is that Violet’s father and her sister Savannah were planning a memorial on day 2 of her mother’s disappearance. Day 2! Like, we’re supposed to think during day 1, they grieved, accepted, and were ready enough to move onto the planning stages of saying goodbye. As others have mentioned, the cover really has nothing to do with the overall arching theme of the story, but that is because of the publisher and not the author. Overall, this is a quick read with a good message for its readers. Thank you, Entangled Publishing, for sending this along.

The Gravity of Missing Things is available for preorder on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N, it releases June 7th.

About the Book

Flight 133 disappeared over the ocean. No wreckage. No distress signal. Just gone.

Suddenly, everyone on the news and social media is talking about whether the pilot intentionally crashed it―everyone but me. Because I know her. The pilot was my mom, and there’s no way she would hurt anyone. No one else knows that before she left, she wrote me a note. Trust me, it said.

Now it feels like someone split my world―and me―in two, and the only person who believes me is Landon. I want to trust him, to let him see who I really am, but I can’t. I have my secrets, the same way Mom has hers. All I know is falling for him will only make things more complicated.

Just as I start to open up, the answer to what really happened to Flight 133 could rip my world apart all over again―for good this time.


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