This is a story of family and physics, similarities and differences.
Some books just touch your heart and make you feel all the feels, and this book was one of them for me.
Relativity, Antonia Hayes’ debut novel, follows the story of a young boy, his single mother, and his estranged father, as they struggle to overcome past hurts and present differences to reunite their family.
The entire story is told from the point-of-view of the three different characters, and Hayes differentiates between them wonderfully. I’m often a little deterred by books written from multiple POVs, but, in this case, each character has a voice unique to them, which is immediately recognisable, so instead of a story that could feel broken up, the result is one where you learn to love the differences between the characters, and the individual ways in which they view the world.
Ultimately, this story revolves around Ethan, a 12-year-old with a fascination for physics and astronomy, and, for me, it was his voice and his story that made this book as touching as it is. He is an incredibly complex character, and often speaks of things very matter-of-factly, but underneath all the science talk, you can sense the vast amount of love he has to give.
“Ethan gave the vagueness of her life definition. And although Claire complained about his clothes and Lego scattered about the house, she needed them there to punctuate her existence. He made their house a home.”
This is a story of family and physics, similarities and differences. It’s heart-warming and compassionate, with characters that prove we all have something to offer, but which sometimes we need others to help bring it out.
Relativity is published in the UK on January 17th.
This post is part of the Relativity Blog Tour being run by Little, Brown Book Group. Thanks to Clara Diaz for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and be sure to check out the other stops below!