Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic contemporary fiction
What did you like about the book? The last time Gravity saw her father she was 8 years old; he stayed just long enough to get her mother pregnant with her little brother, Ty. At the age of 12 she joins the Cops ‘n Kids gym to train to be a boxer. She works very hard -which is not easy with her ne’er-do-well alcoholic mother who sells off Gravity’s trophies to buy vodka. Gravity is raising Ty, along with training and going to school. And this is her story. Her life in the gym with all the regular trainees is her refuge. Her cousin Melsy and her Aunt save her and Ty many a time. She is a very real character in a really tough world, filled with problems, difficulties and regrets but she perseveres. She is a champion.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Needless to say, those who like or participate in boxing would probably really like this book. It is filled with tons of boxing info that most of us cannot understand – but still appreciate. All the information provided immerse one very deeply into Gravity’s boxing world.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Young Adult fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, I think so, even if you, like myself, are not knowledgeable about boxing.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 1/20/2020