SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.
Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.
About the Book
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Format Hardcover, 382 pages
Publisher HarperTeen (May 17th 2016)
Read December 7 – December 8, 2017
Girl Against the Universe is a beautiful heartwarming story about a traumatized girl who develops mental health problems because of everything that happened to her. Stokes writes about this topic in a truthful way and I can’t praise the way she’s handling her topic enough. She’s done such a fantastic job. I loved Maguire, she’s a sweet and talented girl. Unfortunately, the universe has dealt her a bad hand.
Maguire tries to cope, but it isn’t easy. She needs help and she’s doing her very best to get better. She’s incredibly strong and I admired that about her. Jordy is kindhearted and they are great together. I kept hoping they would both overcome their fears enough to enjoy life again.
The plot was surprisingly light and there were many laugh-out-loud moments. I was expected something a little darker considering Maguire’s past but Stokes wrote it in such a way that the mental health aspect was taken seriously and didn’t feel diminished by the lightness and the humor.
I’m rather happy I gave this book a shot. Otherwise, I would never have gotten acquainted with this author’s characters.