The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.
One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.
Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .
In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.
An Imprint Book
First, I need to mention that my arc didn’t transfer perfectly to my kindle. There were some formatting issues here and there, but I was able to read it anyway. I didn’t see them right away. I was still able to follow with the misplaced sentences.
This is my first time reading anything by K. Ancrum and I really liked it. I actually read it in two days which is faster than normal for me with this type of book. But I really felt invested in the lives of these kids.
While this book does have relationships, it really felt more like a story of friendship and family. The characters made the book for me. I also appreciated that the main relationship developed slowly. And it was a hate to love which I always like.
Ryann’s mom used to work for NASA before she died. Ryann was always interested in space and wanted to follow in her mom’s footsteps. But she ended up being a teenager caring for her younger brother, James, and the baby he came home with one day. Jamie stopped talking and Ryann really didn’t know where the baby came from. But they took care of him with the help of a neighbor who watched him a lot.
Alexandria is the new kid at school. She looks angry all the time and doesn’t talk to anyone. Ryann’s teacher, Mrs. Marsh, asked Ryann to talk to her. She thought that Ryann could connect with Alexandria. That’s because Alexandria’s mom went to space right after she was born. She was on a mission that took 17 and 18 year old kids and was expected to last 65 years. Alexandria spent every evening trying to pick up transmissions from her mom. Anything to connect with her.
After Ryann and her friends sort of caused an accident, Alexandria ended up with a broken arm and fracture skull. Ryann takes over while Alexandria is in the hospital and then eventually stays when she gets back home. She invites her into her group of friends. Ahmed is Ryann’s best friend. He lives at home with his two dads and one mom. They have a polyamorous relationship and are really cute together. Ahmed starts dating one of their other friends, Shannon. Shannon was the popular girl from their group. Blake and Tomas were the same age as James. This friendship group was everything in this book. They were mostly outcasts that became a family.
“The reason we’re friends is because we don’t have anything in common with anybody, ” Ryann said. “There was no where else to go.”
These kids get into fights and get in trouble, but they’ll also do anything for each other. Ryann comes up with an idea to help Alexandria get answers. But this opens up an opportunity that may tear everyone apart.
This was a great story and I enjoyed the writing. I gave this one 4 stars. Thank you to the author, K. Ancrum, for my copy for review.
Warnings for talk of suicide. There is drugs, alcohol, language, and sex (all teens).
Have you read this yet? Did you read The Wicker King?