Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.
I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.
Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.
Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.
Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.
Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.
The Gravity of Us is the fourth and final book in the Elements series and I am sad to see it coming to an end. Each book has been a unique and poetic look into relationships, hardships, families, and love. Brittainy Cherry cemented her place in my favorite authors list long before this book, but The Gravity of Us just gave me a reminder as to why I love her books.
Lucille is the youngest of three girls and she is the most like her mother. She’s quirky and free-spirited, much to the chagrin of her older sisters. Lucy is always smiling, even when she truly isn’t happy, wears her heart on her sleeve, and is the glue that holds things together. She’s a dreamer and eternal optimist.
Graham is a reclusive author of multiple best-sellers who grew up in the shadow of a father who was also a critically acclaimed author. Graham didn’t grow up in a loving home and he has learned to turn off his feelings as a barrier against painful situations. For being an author, Graham has no social graces, he doesn’t use his words well with others, and he’s gruff to the point of being mean.
When Lucy meets Graham, they couldn’t be more opposite and I found the juxtaposition in their character quite comical. She is the bright light to his dark and moody shadows. Brittainy does such an amazing job bringing out every nuance between these characters. The slow-burning but fierce and protective love that develops throughout this story is both lovely and heartbreaking.
Everything from the prose to the pacing is perfection, the story is unique and heartbreaking, and the characters are layered and deep. The Gravity of Us is a poignant look at the dynamics of family, the affect words have on our psyche, and the importance of being true to who you are. This story has left its mark on me and it is one of my favorite books of the year.