THE FORCE OF GRAVITY by Kelly Stevenson – Jenn’s Review

the force of gravity


LOVE a good student teacher book!



In a quiet town in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, everything in life is seemingly perfect for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy. She has loving parents, loyal friends, and is dating the hottest boy in school. With only a few months left of her senior year, she’s looking forward to an epic summer before heading off to Los Angeles for college.

Without warning, a gorgeous new math teacher interrupts Kaley’s predictable little world, challenging who she is. Suddenly, parties, dates, and Friday nights with her friends seem empty and unfulfilling as she finds herself obsessing over his every move. Desperate for something more, but determined to ignore her fierce attraction, every single relationship in her life begins to crumble by forces beyond her control. Struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood, Kaley must choose between playing it safe or risking more than just her heart. . .

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I am a sucker for student/teacher books and while some of them fall flat, The Force of Gravity did not. The feelings and emotions jumped off the page from the very beginning and kept hold of me until the very last word of the epilogue.

Life is pretty perfect for Kaley Kennedy. She has a terrific group of friends. She’s in love with her boyfriend, Tommy, the boy all the girls’ lust after. She is incredibly smart and heading to USC in the fall. Even so, she just feels bored with it all. There has to be more out there for her, but what more could she want? She’s about to find out when she walks into her first period math class and set’s eyes on him.

Mr. Slate is just plain hot and every girl in the room knows it. Kaley just cannot stop thinking about him, or escaping him.  He keeps turning up and throwing Kaley’s thoughts askew. Her inner dialogue when thinking about Mr. Slate kept me laughing throughout the story.

“Sorry, can you repeat that? I couldn’t hear over your forearms.”

Mr. Slate is not immune to Kaley either. Every time she catches his eye, the intensity in his glare causes her heart to beat faster and the butterflies in her stomach to take flight. One of the beautiful aspects about this story is, so do yours. The writing is so fantastic that you feel each and every emotion first hand. I do think the story could have benefitted from some of Mr. Slate’s point of views. While you knew that Kaley was falling hard for the guy, you didn’t get much out him. You knew he was watching her constantly. You knew he hated her relationship with Tommy. I wish we could have seen more of his inner struggle to stay away from Kaley. The angst and longing from Kaley’s side kept driving the storyline however, and you knew it was going to come to a head.

“You’re worth more than that, Kaley. I want to take this slow.”
My heart sputters. “So, you want to take this somewhere?”
“I don’t think I have a choice anymore,” he whispers.

 I loved the feels this book gave me. I wanted to call in sick and just hide under the covers and read. This book does not end on a cliffhanger, but there are a lot of questions that are left unanswered, opening up to a second book. I’ll be jumping into that one the instant it’s available.

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