Gravity Brings Me Down

Gravity Brings Me Down coverSioux Smith is sharp, funny, and wry, and is pretty certain that she sees the world of high school differently from everyone else – a belief that is cemented when she makes an uneasy discovery about one of her school’s “popular” teachers. And while she feels alone at her high school and in her unique slant on small-town life, Sioux finds a kindred spirit in the most unlikely of people: an elderly stranger, a woman who has more insight, despite her progressing dementia, than anyone else in Sioux’s life. What Sioux and “Miss Marple” discover about each other over tea, illicitly secreted wine, and Coronation Street, makes for a novel with heart and grit in equal measure.

§ 29 Responses to Gravity Brings Me Down"

  • natale says:

    Hi Metali! Sorry so late to reply but I just saw your email now. Thank you for choosing Gravity and I hope your summative went well!

    Natale

  • metali says:

    Hi, Natale, I have chosen Gravity Brings Me Down as a book for my summative, and while there are many themes that this book covers, I would love to know what themes/symbols stand out to you the most. Thanks.

  • natale says:

    Hi Kira,

    What a lovely message. I’m thrilled and completely honoured that Sioux will travel with you on your long flight to Japan. I always hoped she would find her way there. 🙂

    If you should happen to take a photo and it should happen to find its way back to me I would love to post it. Sounds like you’re in for a big adventure! *jealous* Have a wonderful time! 😀

    Natale

  • Kira says:

    I left a message on here a couple years ago and you replied which was great. This book is still one of my all time favorites, I’ve read it about four times and cry every time. Since I’ve grown older I now relate to Sioux a lot more and often understand where she’s coming from. You’re an amazing author! I’m going to japan fairly soon and have a long airplane ride ahead of me, so this book will be my best friend!:) Thank you.

  • Nafisa says:

    Hi Natale!
    So, first of all, I don’t know if your going to see this but I just have to say it…
    This is the best book I have ever read… ever…
    It was so good, that I have decided to write my school paper about it 🙂
    I’m going to post it here, and I hope you like it. 🙂

    I chose the book Gravity brings me down by Natale Ghent. It was published in 2009, so it’s not that old and to me when I picked it out, looked really interesting.
    To start things off, the main character’s name is Sue Smith, but she hates her name. She thinks its way too boring and calls herself Sioux.
    Sioux isn’t just any normal teenage girl. She sees the world differently. From her eyes life seems totally unnecessary and completely stupid. I mean we’re all going to die eventually right? She’s kind of like the Goth/Emo type who couldn’t care less about her own life let alone anyone else’s. Sioux’s parents are both hippies and teach university together. She feels like they don’t understand her, which is completely understandable. Could you imagine? Two colorful Eco-friendly people raising a girl who refuses to wear anything other than black and thinks smoking is the only way to solve her problems? Peggy is Sioux’s way to preppy little sister who thinks short skirts make her feel sophisticated and red lip stick makes her look like a beauty queen. She, just like her parents loves to live on this earth and takes her cheer-leading way to seriously. Way to feel like the freak of the family, Sioux does not fit in. That’s why she rely’s on Sharon to make her feel a little more welcome on the earth. Sharon is her best friend, and they go to school together. At school theirs a thing called chains. Like the jock chain, the PIB chain (People in black.) There’s the Goth chain, the stoner chain and the geek chain, the skater chain, the loser chain. And then there are the strays: the monkeys. To Sioux’s it seems stupid to have such groups but goes along with it anyway. Who cares right? She and Sharon belong in the PIB chain.
    Anyways One day Sioux decides that she doesn’t need to do this anymore. She doesn’t want to live anymore because it seems unnecessary. She tries to commit suicide. However she gets’s stopped by an old lady named Mabel. Mabel has dementia. That means she forgot everything about her life because she is old. Mabel mistakes Sioux as her daughter by accident, and tries to take her home, but Sioux hasn’t completely lost her mind to say yes. She goes home in the pit of her despair and wonders if she really was going to kill herself. Todd walks her home, like he always does. He’s in the loser chain and is madly in love with Sioux. That’s why he always follows her around. But Sioux doesn’t feel for him, you know what I mean? She doesn’t like him but doesn’t have the heart to tell him to get lost, which is something I’d probably do in the first day.
    After that first awkward meeting with Mabel, everywhere she goes Sioux always sees her. It seems strange because she keeps appearing all of a sudden, but then again, she doesn’t care. One day Mable gets lost and can’t find her way back home, so Sioux is forced to take her home being the good person she is. They find the apartment and Mable makes her some tea. You want to know what the strange part is? Sioux actually enjoyed herself with Mabel. For once in her life she felt comfortable and fitted in. Like finally, she was meant to be living in this earth. Sioux knows this is wrong, but decides to play along and acts as though she actually is the daughter of Mabel.
    Over time they have bonded a lot. Sioux goes to Mable’s apartment whenever she gets the chance and together they enjoy each other company while watching Coronation Street and drinking wine, while smoking Gauloise cigarettes. Sioux feels so relaxed and calm there. She can talk about all her problems with Mable, without being pressurized and judged. Like how annoying and irritating her perverted teacher Chocko could be, or how her grades were slowly slipping from her perfectly straight A’s, or the fact that Sharon and her seem to drift apart because she keeps ditching her for Mabel. The weird part was how Mabel always knew what to say at the end and how to make her feel better. At first, when Sioux bought Mabel home, she thought she was helping her. Like a lost kitten that you get to keep. But soon she realized that in some wacky way, Mabel was actually helping her in life. It made Sioux give a second thought.
    Many more obstacles came in the way for both Sioux and Mabel. However they stuck together and tried to get through most of them. One day when Sioux goes to Mabel’s apartment, she finds out Mabel was sent to the hospital because she had a stroke. They said they’re going to keep her there until they find an elderly home where she can live in, for the rest of her life. Mabel’s heart breaks as she does not want to live there. She asks one last thing of Sioux; to sneak her out for one day and give her the best day of her whole entire life before they send her off. So Sioux takes Sharon and her new crush Steve Ryan to downtown Toronto and together they grant Mabel’s wish. They had the best time, shopping eating going to theaters (etc.) unfortunately when they get back, they get into big trouble. They took Mabel away, and her real family ordered a restraining order for Sioux never to come near Mabel ever again. Sioux is heartbroken; the one thing she really wanted to keep in her life has now been taken away from her. But she realizes that Mabel had taught her a very valuable lesson in life. Just to live it. This is a quote from the book and it’s one of my favorite quotes.
    “I want to feel okay. I decide then and there to make amends. From now on, I’m all about life. The second I decide this, something strange happens: the invisible forces loosen their grip on me. I’m still heartbroken about Mabel. And I’m sure the forces aren’t gone for good. But I feel something I haven’t felt before. I feel a tiny seed of hope germinating inside of me. It was Mabel who planted that seed. She showed me that there is always a glimmer of light in the darkness. And no matter how small, I have to confess it’s there.” That valuable lesson Mabel taught her will forever be engraved in Sioux’s heart. She changed her. She made Sioux’s life worth living for again. And for that Sioux thanks Mabel, and will always remember her.
    The protagonist is Sioux, and Mabel. The antagonist is a lot of things like Chocko, (The teacher) Biff (The bully) the invisible forces (The ones who were making Sioux think different about her life) the church leader (Who hurt Mabel) and the obstacles that life just threw at them as they went along. It happens to everyone, because that’s how life is made.
    I wouldn’t change this book in any way because the ending was perfect. Sioux got close with her family again. She got the love of her life, without hurting Todd. Sharon and she patched things up. Her annoying teacher got in a lot of trouble and she learned the meaning of life. The only part that kind of got to me was how Sioux wouldn’t be able to see Mabel anymore. But that’s ok too.
    My rating for this book is like a million stars, I’d definitely read it again and again because somehow I find it, that it connects to me. I mean not the suicidal parts and how life is unnecessary and anything but in the story, Sioux was confused. She didn’t really know what she was doing with her life. She didn’t really care. Sioux needed somebody to guide her back in the right direction for her to move on. Also this story takes place in Canada, so that’s a bonus.
    Reading this book has taught me lot’s of things. I’m glad it caught my eye in the library one day. I’m glad I read it. Not only did it teach Sioux a lesson, it also taught me one as well. As cheesy as this sounds, I will never forget Sioux, Mable and the rest of the gang. (Well, partly because I’m going to buy this book) 🙂

    I hoped you liked it, This is really one of my favorite books. When I first read it, I didn’t really understand it that well because I think I was to young to get it properly. But the second time I picked it up I got every word because I matured and realized the prospects of life and how difficult it could be. We could always use a little help. We could always use a Mabel Wilson LOL 😀
    Also, I’m kind of writing a story of my own on this website, and I was just wondering if you could give me some pointers, maybe some tips on how to make it better, after all, you are one of my favorite authors 😛
    So yeah, that’s all for today, I hope you got this message, and I hope it made you feel happy… I also hope you write back because I’m dying to know what you are going to say…
    Anyways Have a wonderful day Ms. Ghent 😀 ♥
    Goodbye.

  • natale says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I think determination and hope are also part of that section of the story. Sue is determined to help Mable, even going so far as sending her money to get her hair done properly, and taking her shopping so she has food in the cupboard. Sue is hopeful that these things will give Mable a renewed sense of herself, and something to feel happy about.

    Hope this helps! Good luck with your journals!

    Natale

  • Nancy says:

    Hello, my name is Nancy. I’m reading your book for my homework to write four journals.
    So I separated it into four parts. I have finished the first journal, but there is a little problem with my second journal. Can you help me deal with it? I I appreciate very much of Sioux’s life because it seem we have same thought. The second part of the journal is from 61to 120. The first step is that I should summary it into very short paragraph but most of the thing are connect, isn’t it? I want to know is the relate, there just two wodrs I can think, thinking of other people and compassion.In the relate I should admire her behaviour but can you tell me is there another good wors I can think? I think she has pride but the behaviour is not appropriate her behaviour that because she hot the first B in the top search skip from school. Can you tell me how can I write about it? Thank you

  • natale says:

    From your lips to God’s ears, Jo! 😉
    I would be so happy *fingers crossed!*

  • jo says:

    btw i think this book would be great as a movie!!!!!
    just putting that out there 😮

  • natale says:

    Thank you 🙂

  • jo says:

    i wonder if sue and mabel ever meet again <:(
    but the ending was very sweet between sue and steve <3 and even though todd, who's always been loyal to sue was heartbroken, i still think it all was for the best
    great work, ms natale!

  • natale says:

    Haha, thanks, Kira! So happy you’re enjoying Gravity. 🙂

  • Kira says:

    Sorry, I meant with her family, whiny sister, chocko, and as. Haha

  • Kira says:

    Ahh! I’m almost finish reading this book for the second time! I love it so much! I really like the main chracter, Sue/Sioux. Her attitude, her viewpoint on life (the monkeys in the barrel). I also hope i find a Steve Ryan someday! I can totally imagine Sioux living in thy family. Her whimsy sister, “hippie” parents. And Mabel. Sometimes I think I would like a life like siouxs! Even Todd! Minus chock, of course! Anyways, I hope some day I can write ad well as you, though I doubt it! Haha. You and your books are amazing!! 🙂 <3

    Kira

  • natale says:

    Thanks so much, Olivia, I hope so too. That’s high praise. 🙂

  • Olivia says:

    Hello,

    i liked that book very very very much. I am from Germany and have reviewed it. I hope that a lot of people will read this book now. It’s very amusing. 🙂

  • natale says:

    Thanks, Brian! 🙂

  • Brian says:

    Gravity is such a great book, I feel that I know the characters and the world they inhabit!

  • natale says:

    Hi Grace,

    The title is a double entendre (double meaning): the girl believes that gravity (as in the gravitational pull of the planet) is responsible for the things that force her back to earth when she would rather fly high like a bird (hence, the gravity machine); gravity (or gravitas) also refers to things that are heavy or serious, so the heaviness or seriousness of life depresses her (brings her down).

    The main theme of the story is hope. At the beginning of the book, the girl feels hopeless. But then she meets Mable and through her, discovers that life is worth living.

    I hope this helps! Happy reading!

    Natale

  • Grace says:

    Hello Natale, I am reading ur book gravity brings me down and I have a question. Why the book called gravity brings me down? what’s the main theme of the book

  • natale says:

    Wow, thanks! 😀

  • justjoelle13 says:

    I LOVE YOUR BOOK!!!!! I was awake all night reading it and i couldn’t put it down…. please make a sequel

  • natale says:

    Thank you, Natasha. I’m so happy you loved Gravity. I’d love to know which quotes are your favourites. 🙂
    Good luck on your book report!

  • Natasha says:

    I’m doing my book report on Gravity Brings Me Down. I loved it, and I need to choose my “six favourite quotes” from the book to feature in my report. Although it’s gonna be hard to choose only six, all of my favourites are definitely coming straight from Sioux’s personal perspective of life, from high school to gravity.

  • Rita di Ghent says:

    Loved the presentation at PEC High today…you’re a super star!

  • natale says:

    Hehe! They’re sticky! 😉

  • Charlotte says:

    Oh my god! I never thought that you would reply! You actually made my day! Hehe 🙂
    And, the characters in the book are still stuck in my head, it’s so hard to get rid of them, I kept thinking about the old woman,Mabel and about Sue and Steve!Ah, your welcome 🙂

  • natale says:

    Hey, thanks, that is so nice to hear. I love that you love Steve Ryan, and that the book made you laugh and cry and feel excited. That’s the nicest compliment any writer could get. 🙂

  • Charlotte says:

    Ms Ghent, I really love your book, Gravity bring me down. It made me laugh, cry and felt excited with all the adventures. Also, it’s hard to believe that I actually fell in love with one of the characters in the novel, Steve Ryan. I find him so mysterious at the beginning but as I continued to read I found him really sweet and charming and I admire Sue for bing so cool. Anyways, Gravity Brings Me Down has become one of my favorite books, and thank you for writing such an awesome book! 😀

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