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I have given Relativity by Antonia Hayes five out of five stars
Author: Antonia Hayes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.
His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.
Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.
Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
This book is about a twelve year old boy called Ethan, who is exceptionally gifted and very passionate about physics and astronomy. He lives in Australia with his single mother, Claire, who gave up her dreams of becoming a ballerina when she was younger. She completely adores Ethan and tries to protect him from everything. Especially from finding out the truth about his father, who he doesn’t know anything about …not even his name. That is until Ethan discovers a letter from his father.
Ethan is very different than the other children, but he doesn’t understand why that is until a serious matter happens at his school which causes him to have a seizure. Whilst Ethan is recovering in hospital, the doctor who is seen to him recognises his patient and reveals the reason for his seizure, which is due to Ethan’s brain injury he received when he was a baby. Now this secret has been revealed, it’s time for his mum to come clean about everything that she thought she had been protecting Ethan from knowing; about his father and how he had sustained a brain injury when he was only a few months old.
From the very first page of Relativity I was engrossed. This book had my uttermost undivided attention (unless I was sleeping or working). I didn’t want to miss a word on each page. Hayes has written a very beautiful and powerful novel, that touches on a serious issue in our would, called Shaken Baby Syndrome. It has been written in such a delicate way that it doesn’t feel overwhelming when reading about the main subject of the book.
I really enjoyed learning about the different personalities of the characters; Ethan, Mark and Claire. Reading how similar Ethan and Mark are and knowing that there’s already a strong bond between them about physics, even though they are just getting to know each other now, made me long for this family to be whole again.
I never really took an interest in Physics when I was at school, but reading about it in this book blew my mind. Especially the way Hayes interpreted science and wrote about it in an incredible way to make the audience understand. Yes, some scientific words flew over my head but I feel like I’ve learnt more about physics in Relativity than I ever did when I was at school.
A beautifully written debut novel by Antonia Hayes, that teaches you that although you may not be able to change the past, you can learn from it and make the most of what the future holds.
I look forward to reading more of her books in the future and most definitely recommend this book to all of you!