My dream finally came true (sound the trumpets, release the confetti!). Last month I received my first Once Upon a Book Club Box!! I have been shamelessly obsessed with the concept of this box for a while, but for some reason have put off subscribing. Each month you get a book accompanied by 4-5 gifts that are tagged by a specific page number. As you read through the story, you encounter little post-it reminders on the designated page when it is time to open your gift. Each gift relates to that part of the story, and it changes the reading experience entirely! As weird as it sounds, it almost becomes a “3D” reading experience, and I legit cannot get enough of it! In addition to the fun gifts, they include read-along dates and discussion questions that will be posted for the following month. How cool is that?!
This month’s book was Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto.Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto
on Feburary 7 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance
In this unforgettable novel for fans of One Day and The Time Traveler’s Wife, a young Isaac Newton falls in love with a girl living in modern-day San Francisco, defying the laws of physics to forge a seemingly impossible connection. Andrea Louviere is seven years old the first time he appears. While she’s alone in her bedroom, practicing her beloved cello, the light shivers and a crack forms in the wall. Through the crack, she sees a candle, a window, a desk—and a boy. Though no sound travels through the wall, the boy clearly sees Andrea, too. And then, just as quickly as it opened, the crack closes, and he vanishes. Over the years, summoning the bright, magnetic boy becomes something of an obsession for Andrea. Then, on her seventeenth birthday, she receives a three-hundred-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Andrea knows that Isaac will change the world with his groundbreaking discoveries; the letter tells Andrea that she will change him. As Isaac’s letters intensify in passion and intimacy, Andrea grows determined to follow his clues to their shared destiny—despite a burgeoning romance in the present. Only when she discovers the way into Isaac’s time does Andrea realize that she faces a heartbreaking decision: between what was . . . and what might be.
A few thoughts on the novel:
time travel through walls, a genius scientist, and an insecure cellist
- This book has been discussed as kind of like the Time Traveler’s Wife, and like that novel, the mystery of the time travel gripped me the most. I wanted to figure out why everything was happening in the order it was happening, and how it was all going to resolve! The ending was quite a page turner as everything unfolded. (Though I will say the big plot reveal was a bit predictable…)
- In regards to the love story, it was okay at best. It felt a tad bit forced. Why would our main character love a man she’s only seen (and not even spoken to!!) a few times over the course of many years? That just seems implausible.
- The other aspect I had a hard time with was the fact that our other main character was Isaac Newton. I eventually was able to get past it, but initially I found it to be a very weird distraction.
- Overall, I enjoyed the story. If it weren’t for the experience of the box and opening the gifts as designated pages, I don’t think I would have read this one very fast and would likely have slogged through it. The story lacked emotional and plot depth, but at the end of the day, it made for a fun experience when paired with the excitement of the Once Upon a Book Club Box!