Every night, Alexandria climbs onto her roof in hopes of catching recordings sent from her mother in space, until one night she falls and breaks her arm. She now depends on Ryann Bird, the girl responsible for her injury, to help her.
The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum is a Lesbian Romance Young Adult book with light Science Fiction elements. Though most of the book takes place on Earth, it follows the aftermath of a private space exploration program’s most controversial mission. At 384 pages, the book is a fast read with tiny one or two page chapters.
The Weight of Stars was published on March 19, 2019 by Imprint. It is available in both kindle and paperback versions.
Ryann Bird’s dreams of following in her NASA employed mother’s footsteps died when her parents did. In the aftermath, she becomes her circumstances, a delinquent kid living in a trailer park on the bad side of town, accepting that she had no future. Despite her hard past, Ryann has a knack for attracting troubled souls and bringing out the best in them. So when Alexandria Macallough – a name which gained attention after her mother abandoned her for a way one trip into space – transfers into her school, it becomes Ryann’s business to adopt her into her crew of misfits. Except Alexandria resists this friendship with all of her might and initially despises Ryann. That is until a broken arm makes her dependent on the same girl who caused her to fall in the first place.
Ryann learns of the importance of these messages from space, as well as that the company responsible for Alexandria’s mother’s disappearance withheld messages from her. Together they work to infiltrate and retrieve the withheld messages, growing closer in the process.
Praises and Critiques:
The micro-chapter style was both unique and aided with a quick paced flow. It was all too easy to think “I’ll read just one more chapter.” The story was character driven, and filled with representation I seldom see, particularly within YA but also outside of. Besides the obvious LGBT characters and a biracial love interest, one of the characters is a teenage dad, who is raising his baby while the mother remains out of the picture. Another has polyamorous parents. I liked that Ryann and Alexandria are allowed to be unapologetically angry and aggressive – something women in literature are seldom able to do without making it seem charming.
The ending was pleasantly unexpected and resolved things on a promising note, after setting up a decision where Ryann would have to choose between her career and Alexandria.
To people who didn’t have a good high school experience, or still are. For those that didn’t fit in. For those who have a wanderlust for the stars, but not the scientific background to match it. For lovers of the Enemies to Friends to Lovers trope.
5 out of 5 stars. I wish this had existed when I was a teen, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult.