Author: Kelly Stevenson
Genre: New Adult Student / Teacher Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2014
"I blast the stereo in a vain attempt to drown out my thoughts. I don’t want to be thinking about him and analyzing every detail of first period. It makes me feel like a young, foolish girl, and I’m embarrassed that I can’t control the way my body reacts every time his eyes meet mine."
In a quiet town in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, everything in life is seemingly perfect for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy. She has loving parents, loyal friends, and is dating the hottest boy in school. With only a few months left of her senior year, she’s looking forward to an epic summer before heading off to Los Angeles for college.
Without warning, a gorgeous new math teacher interrupts Kaley’s predictable little world, challenging who she is. Suddenly, parties, dates, and Friday nights with her friends seem empty and unfulfilling as she finds herself obsessing over his every move. Desperate for something more, but determined to ignore her fierce attraction, every single relationship in her life begins to crumble by forces beyond her control. Struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood, Kaley must choose between playing it safe or risking more than just her heart. . . .
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Kelly has done a wonderful job of taking a taboo subject, which I love, and turning it into something extraordinary and beautiful. This book is not just about a teenage girl falling in love/lust with her teacher, but it’s about a teenage girl finding herself and realizing whom she is. It’s about two soul mates meeting and fighting against the odds to be together, even when society says they shouldn’t.
We meet Kaley during her senior year of high school, where she has a great boyfriend, the same friends she has had since junior high, and a loving family. Within a few weeks her life turns upside down and nothing she thought she knew was the same, and yet the biggest transition she faced was her immediate attraction to her math teacher.
“Maybe my attraction to Mr. Slate is just an escape for me- an escape from the reality that no longer quenches my thirst.”
Kaley finds herself in a cat and mouse game with one very sexy, very charming, very off-limits older man, who knows right from wrong but seems to not care too much either.
“His self-assurance is so alluring. High school boys seem to overcompensate for their lack of confidence, coming off as arrogant. But Mr. Slate is older, more mature. He never crosses the fine line that divides confidence and arrogance.”
But again this book isn’t just about the taboo teacher/student relationship, no this book is much more. Kaley truly looks deep into herself, after her world explodes, and she is able to come out a better person, with the help of Mr. Slate.
I can’t express in words how much I loved this book. I started it one afternoon and read all 400 plus pages, in the same sitting. The Force of Gravity is one of my all time favorite books this year, simply because Kelly was able to grip my heart and my soul with her words, make me feel for these characters, paint a picture for me, make me laugh and cry in the same chapter, and fill my heart with joy. I would strongly recommend this book to absolutely everyone.
“My body literally aches for him. There’s no going back now. I desperately want my math teacher.”
I rush to the bathroom and splash cold water on my face. What is wrong with me? I’ve never lost control over my body like that. I’m always in control―I don’t even drink! Sure, I’ve had plenty of crushes before―wait, this isn’t a crush; he’s your teacher―but I’ve never had this kind of physical reaction before. And just because I haven’t had sex yet, doesn’t mean my boyfriend doesn’t turn me on.
Does he turn me on?
Maybe I thought I knew what it felt like to be turned on . . . until now. What the hell are you saying?! You are not turned on by your tea―I can’t even say it to myself. If I do, it will make it true, and I am perfectly happy living in the land of denial.
Happy? Okay, more like desperate to live there.
I face my reflection and find mascara running down my face. Way to go, Kay. At least the bathroom is empty. I wipe it away and try to freshen up my makeup, but it’s no use. I have wildness in my eyes, like I’m hopped up on amphetamines. Get a grip!
I take a deep breath and gather my thoughts.
This man is my teacher. Even if he wasn’t, he’d still be too old for me. He’s a grown man, with a grown-up life and would probably laugh his ass off if he knew what I was feeling. I’m sure he thinks I’m a freak after gaping at him like a moron just now.
But what was that look in his eye?
No! He doesn’t want some stupid, doe-eyed teenaged girl. He wants a woman. He probably has a woman―a grown-up, beautiful woman who doesn’t fumble when she speaks to him and calls him by his first name. She’s probably some supermodel and sleeps in his bed every night. Why are you thinking about his bed?! The late bell rings, and I swear out loud. I take one more glance in the mirror before rushing to second period with my face still flushed and my body trembling.
About the Author
Kelly Stevenson is a professional writer from Phoenix, Arizona. She has a background in journalism, psychology, theater arts, and animal science.
When Kelly is not writing, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.