Grace’s mother, GG Carter, is a local celebrity. Her work as a local news anchor has earned her followers of all kinds. So when she vanishes one day, their whole local community is thrown off. Grace has never really felt a connection to her mother, especially as she got older and her mother worked harder. As an aspiring astrophysicist, her interests don’t quite align with GG’s. This vanishing act could teach Grace more about her mother than she’s ever known.
The Center of the Universe is a lot more introspective than I expected from a book about a possible abduction, which surprised me in the best possible way. Grace, although often at odds with her mother, is completely floored by her disappearance. Her world is rocked to its very core. Despite all of the emotional turmoil she experiences throughout the story, the book manages to keep a nice pace. I didn’t feel rushed or like I had to finish the book in one sitting – which was good, considering its size. There were plenty of places for the reader to pause and break for a while without making the story too slow or dragged out.
**SPOILER WARNING** (skip to Everyone is forced…)
The fact that GG’s recovery isn’t linear when she returns was a big selling point for me. She isn’t immediately back to normal and it takes time for her to heal. Her abduction wasn’t completely black-and-white either, adding to both the reality of the situation and her struggle with recovery. Everyone is forced to come to terms with what happened. It isn’t perfect, even by the end of the book. However, I do think the book ended at the perfect time. Any longer and I suspect that the story would just fizzle out rather than end on a strong point.
In conclusion, I loved The Center of the Universe, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s interested.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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