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ARC Review | The Centre of The Universe

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion from Netgalley. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.



Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.

Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers.

While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why?

Author Ria Voros (Nobody’s Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship.

Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don’t have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.


Honestly, I have to admit that I wanted to DNF this book quite a few times and I skimmed through a large part of it.

First off, the writing just was not appealing to me. It was hard to get into and paired with a bunch load of space references, it became extremely annoying.

I have nothing against space references but well, one can only handle so many of them. The writing did get a bit better through the book though and as the space references decreased a bit, they became manageable.

Also, I just couldn’t connect to the characters or become invested in their story until I was like 70% through. inability to connect to the characters made me not want to read the book and even after 70%, I just was not feeling it that much.

I also felt that that the book had been stretched a lot and well I couldn’t timeline it properly. I get that it had to be long so we could really see for long Grace’s mother had been gone but it became frustrating to me.

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below. Will be waiting to hear from you all, it means a lot to me.

-Jayati xx


Hey! I am Jayati and this is my blog where I post stuff about anything and everything I like, but mainly books. I also post short stories that I write sometimes.

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