Space. I absolutely love space. And if The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros was more about space, I’d probably be more interested in reading it. But as it turns out, it’s just a person disappears mystery thing. And at this point, I’m sure a lot of you know those just are not for me. But I digress. Also, there’s a romance in this one! It’s glossed over pretty briefly in the synopsis, which I can’t help finding hilarious. It’s like whoever wrote it is saying, “Yeah, this book’s about a girl’s mother disappearing. But also, she gets super close to this guy…cause, you know, we can’t leave out the people who tune in solely for the ships!”
A pause, and then, “And did you notice the way we related him to space? Cause, you know, Grace wants to be an astrophysicist.”
It’s just so funny to me for some reason.
Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why?
Anyway, The Center of the Universe is not on my TBR, but is it on yours? Or does this book not interest you? What do you think of the plot with Grace’s mother? What do you think Mylo’s black hole might be? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!