praise for SLG


A “MOST ANTICIPATED” BOOK OF 2019! (Book Riot / NewNowNext / BN Teen Blog)


“Amber Smith’s Something Like Gravity is a tender, beautifully told story of first love and first loss and how finding the right person at the right time can be very thing that saves us. You will love Chris and Maia from the very first page of this gorgeous novel and will miss them long after you’ve finished.”

– Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things

“A powerful and illuminating story about grief, identity and finding your true self. You will never forget Chris and Maia.”

– Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl In Pieces

“With Something Like Gravity, Amber Smith again shows the heart and empathy that makes her one of young adult’s foremost storytellers. This is a vital and beautiful book.”

– Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King

* “This bittersweet story of first love and identity tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways.”


* “While sensitively tackling subjects of first love, acceptance and friendship, Smith expertly chronicles her characters’ twin journeys of grief and coming out, as well as what it takes to move on despite seemingly permanent damage.”


“Personal trauma and mutual soul searching brings together a unique couple over the course of a single summer, as both are trying to find their place in the world following a life-changing experience.”

HuffPost Queer Voices

“A lovely story of first love, loss and identity. This is a wonderfully written book representing voices that are desperately needed in YA literature.”

Ms. Magazine

“[A] nuanced exploration of sexuality and gender identity.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Smith has written a beautiful work filled with believable, multi-dimensional characters whose experiences and emotions will resonate with young readers.”

The Advocate

“It’s a beautiful story of first romantic love, but also the love between friends and family. VERDICT: Recommend this title to fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Eleanor & Park, or The Sun Is Also a Star.”

School Library Journal

“This engaging love story effectively delves into the challenges of trust and honesty when both parties are experiencing huge transitions, and does not shy away from the consequences that can result when difficult truths become known.”

Horn Book

“A sensitive romance that values personal growth and inner truth.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Teens who need to find their place in a world they hope will accept and understand them will want to read this compelling novel.”


“Delicious. Complicated. Painful. Enlightening.”

Charlotte Observer

“This story is as beautiful as it is breathtaking.”

– Buzzfeed

“[Amber Smith’s] third YA novel will give you all the feels.”

– Charlotte Magazine 

“This book deserves all the stars in the night sky. Every single last one.”

Tiffany’s Book Blog