Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is Gae Polisner's debut The Pull of Gravity, coming May 10 from Farrer, Straus and Giroux.
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 this a truly original coming-of-age story.
My Thoughts: Male POV contemp? Yes please. I love the challenge that is presented with this one, even in the premise. It's so clear this is a character that is going to be tested and pushed, and I like the hint of romance and the loyalty of the friendship. The literary tie in sounds like it could also add something very intriguing while still keeping a YA element overall, and this one just sounds like a good mix of fun and emotional. I think the cover is great. It's very catchy as a male book while still being something female readers would notice.