The Pull of Gravity

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While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

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Overview

While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

Characters you’ll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make Gae Polisner's The Pull of Gravity a truly original coming-of-age story.

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“The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers.” —BCCB

“What summer reading list is complete without a road-trip novel? Especially one that extols the virtues of reading sad books and contains the sentence: ‘Parents are such idiots.’ ” —Newsday

“Polisner’s first novel begins with a bang and ends with another. . . . There is a great deal to enjoy throughout, and literary kids will surely enjoy a subplot involving John Steinbeck.” —Booklist

“Characters feel real . . . and the plot zips along, championing strength in adversity.” —School Library Journal

“[Gae Polisner] is a writer young adult readers will surely want to hear more from.” —Examiner.com

“The very sentimentalism of the situation, the quest nature of the plot, and the quirkiness of the characters will appeal to many young readers.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Although the teens’ best laid plans go oft awry, they discover that the force of the universe is with them—or at least friendship, family and romance. Pulls the heart in all the right places.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Scooter, Nick, and Jaycee are real, and they’re funny. I love how they yearn for something beautiful, warm, and true to lift them from the lousy, sad absurdity of their circumstances. And I love the unlikely places where they find it: Yoda. A possibly misguided bus trip. Red wax lips. Real lips. And each other. I love that they find it mostly in each other.” —Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal–winning author of As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth

“Part love story, part adventure story, funny and serious, The Pull of Gravity is a delightful read.” —Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

“Gae Polisner writes with fluidity and grace. The Pull of Gravity will draw you in and keep you thinking long after you’ve closed the book.” —K. L. Going, author of King of the Screwups

The Pull of Gravity is the whole package—realistic, quirky, fun, and weepy. Polisner is an author to watch.” —Mary E. Pearson, author of The Miles Between

The Pull of Gravity is a clever, masterfully told tale of loyalty and redemption that will pull you in and hook you ’til the last page.” —Chris Crutcher, author of Deadline

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250019332
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 293,677
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gae Polisner is a wife, mother, and family law attorney/mediator by trade, but a writer by calling. The Pull of Gravity is her first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    The Pull of Gravity is sweet, honest and touching. It has moment

    The Pull of Gravity is sweet, honest and touching. It has moments that will make you laugh out loud and even become teary. Those teaching Of Mice and Men will want to read this and add it to their library, if not their curriculum. John Steinbeck’s novel isn’t part of our curriculum in my district, but I will be including The Pull of Gravity in my classroom library.

    My favorite character is the unique and completely honest Jaycee Amato. Her witty dialogue and comebacks with Nick had me giggling multiple times throughout the book. She’s the one that introduces Nick to Of Mice and Men by reading it to him as they head out on their journey to fulfill the request of The Scoot, their dying friend. They’re looking for Scoot’s father (without telling their parents), and the chances of finding him are slim, but Jaycee is prepared and optimistic. You’ve gotta love a girl who can plan an entire secret trip and stay optimistic while doing so. :)

    The trip itself is fun to read because so many aspects of the story unravel and come together there. Besides Nick and Jaycee looking for Scoot’s dad, we watch Nick take chances (on love and his family) and become more independent. And even though Scoot isn’t on this journey with him, we get to find out more about his life and character. Plus, there’s all of his great Yoda and Star Wars references. Steinbeck and Yoda together?! AWESOME! If you’ve read John Green’s Paper Towns (I’m thinking of Quentin’s journey to find Margo), you’re sure to enjoy The Pull of Gravity.

    A great element to the story are the emails Nick receives from his dad. Nick and his dad lack a strong relationship because his dad has pretty much checked out as a father. The emails appear in between some chapters and give us insight that we otherwise wouldn’t have. We know why Nick is upset with his dad, but I wish these feelings were more developed before we read the emails. I also wish we could have read more of his emails simply because they’re a cool element to the story.

    I definitely recommend reading this. Girls will enjoy the relationship between Jaycee and Nick. Boys will love the Star Wars references and will easily relate to Nick. Teachers and librarians will, of course enjoy the story, but will also appreciate the ties to Of Mice and Men and Polisner's wonderful writing!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Great story!

    Before I get started, I want to say that The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner made me cry! Gae can go from wacky to emotional in the flip of a page. When we first meet Nick he is surrounded by chaos. His father has lost his job and he spends his days on the couch sleeping and gaining weight. Nick's neighbor Scoot was once Nick's best friend, but he is sick and spends most of his time at home. Nick also distanced himself from Scoot because he just wants to be normal. Nick is pretty normal except he gets really high fevers that sometimes cause him to have hallucinations.


    During one of his fevers Nick feels he is being attacked so he runs out of the house and tries to climb a water tower. Scoot sees him and calls to him causing Nick to react before he can get seriously injured. Nick's parents fight about how close they came to loosing Nick and his dad sets off on a quest to walk to New York City in hopes of changing his life. While this might be great for Nick's dad, Nick can't help but feel that his dad has bailed on him.

    Jaycee, Scoot's friend, hopes that Nick will help her find Scoot's dad who left when Scoot was young and started getting sick. Scoot confided in Jaycee that he would like to see his dad before he passes away. (Insert tears) Jaycee and Nick work together to find details and agree to find Scoot's dad. During the journey we find out the bubble that is Nick's life and how much he grows as a person. He learns not only about himself, but about his family and Jaycee.

    Jaycee reminds me a lot of Lorelai Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls because she is quirky and can always figure out what to do or say next. You will come to love Nick, Jaycee, Scoot and the adventure they go on! I love the Of Mice and Men and Star Wars references through out the book. My only regret is that I waited so long to read it. I loved The Pull of Gravity so much and I hope you pick it up soon. This will be one of those books I re-read again and again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    AMAZING

    Fantastic!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Beautiful story, wonderfully written and perfect for an avid reader of any age!!

    I loved this book! It's short and sweet and simply wonderful. The story warmed my heart and to be honest, it's sitting on my night stand because I like to revisit it on occasion. I'm glad I took the time to check it out and I can't wait to read more from Gae Polisner.

    If you haven't read this book yet, order it today. Order two and give one to your library. Order three and give that one to your friend. It's a beautiful story that anyone can relate to and shouldn't be missed.

    My only complaint - which isn't about the book - but I don't understand why my local Barnes and Noble doesn't carry it. I've looked for it, even spoke to a person about ordering it (which they never did or never called me if they did... this makes me sad. Good books should be on book shelves, no only in cyber space.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Wish I could give this six stars, another  star for the author b

    Wish I could give this six stars, another  star for the author being hot. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 22, 2013

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Terrific!!!

    Terrific!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Awesome

    BUY IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    This book was very sweet and sincere. The writing was crisp, cle

    This book was very sweet and sincere. The writing was crisp, clear and engaging. A great read for all ages!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Like this book you will!

    The Pull Of Gravity may not sound too extraordinary, but the characters definitely make this story come to life with their Slinky bracelets, feverish dreams of evil cherry cola monsters, and wise Yoda-isms. Nick’s “nice guy” personality keeps Jaycee’s larger-than-life eccentricities at bay, and together they make the journey to find Scoot’s dad as memorable and one-of-a-kind as the destination. Every time they seemed to get a hold of a sticky situation, there always seemed to be another one on the ready to cause more hijinks. I would have liked to see the story go on a little longer if only to have more loose ends resolved, but a more charming and heartfelt book I do not think you will find. A perfect bedtime snack of a read or quick road trip – and MORE perfect if you are in dire need of a good book to keep your reading morale up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Hi

    We are reading this in my englishnclass hope its.good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    This is my favorite book! Gae Polisner is a great author, readin

    This is my favorite book! Gae Polisner is a great author, reading her other book, The Summer of Letting Go now. Can't wait to see what else she writes in the near future :) I've never read a book and cried like I did when I read The Pull of Gravity, it really showed the meaning of true friendship! 

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Rarely do I read a book more than once. This book is the excepti

    Rarely do I read a book more than once. This book is the exception. I read it once, loved it, put it down, misplaced it, found it, and then read it again. It’s not your typical coming-of-age novel, but then again it is. Nick reluctantly follows Jaycee on a journey, fights some demons (internal), and comes out stronger in the end. I loved the characters immediately. Nick is funny and insecure, and Jaycee is quirky and adorable. Polisner gets into the head of a 15-year-old boy, conveying convincing inner dialogue, and adeptly relaying his fear of uncharted territory: first love, the potential for a first kiss, staying in a hotel with a girl, and wandering around an unfamiliar city. Nick feels most comfortable when faced with Jaycee’s fever because he’s been through it himself. He is the Fever King! However, he still feels a bit of anxiety over whether he’s doing the right thing. Polisner does not portray him as an over-confident, unbelievable teen. Just when he’s starting to feel comfortable with the idea of being away from home with a girl, he makes a discovery that turns his world upside down. He’s angry and depressed and resentful. Just like a typical 15-year-old would react in this situation. Get this book. Read it. And maybe read it again. And then you might want to go out and get Of Mice and Men and read that again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    The best book ever

    This book is so good, i could read this book over and over agian. Mrs.Gae is so easy to talk to. Thank you Mrs.Gae for everything. She ls such a great role model. Mrs.Gae you are my role model now and forever. Thank you for coming to my school today 5-28-14. You are so awesome. Like the scoot would say May the force be with you!!!!!! LOL but this book is really good it makes you feel like you have know nick and jaycee and the scoot forever. Its like your on the adventure with them from the beginning to the end of the hole book. P.S my teacher is Mrs.Taylor.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    This nifty little tale tells the story of Nick, a teenager with

    This nifty little tale tells the story of Nick, a teenager with an obese father, an insensitive older brother, and a next-door neighbor named Scooter, who’s dying of progeria. Not exactly your typical teen. He also has a new friend/crush named Jaycee, whose stepfather is a cardboard cut-out of a TV newsman. Unbeknownst to Nick, Scooter and Jaycee become friends, and Scooter entrusts her with a mission or—as the book jacket calls it—a “dying wish” involving a signed first-edition of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and Scooter’s estranged father.

    Nick’s adventure with Jaycee becomes a turning point in his life—it encompasses many “firsts” for the likeable protagonist (including his first kiss). Polisner’s charming prose will probably appeal to teens and tweens (this novel’s true audience) more than it will to adults, but adults will also enjoy this sweet, touching story despite some narrative loose ends.

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    Posted April 1, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Great read  by new author. 

    Great read  by new author. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Waiting for the author's next book. She has a beautiful way of t

    Waiting for the author's next book. She has a beautiful way of telling a tough story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Solid story about teenage love and struggles. A worthy read for

    Solid story about teenage love and struggles. A worthy read for any classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    This is a well written story I can recommend to any teenager. Ms

    This is a well written story I can recommend to any teenager. Ms. Polisner takes a serious subject and allows you to connect with the main characters. She is quite gifted and I hope to see more of her books. 

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