Published by HarperTeen on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Maguire is bad luck.
No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.
It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.
From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I should’ve known that anything written by Paula Stokes would be freaking fantastic, since everything she’s written so far have been amaaaazing. EVERYTHING. Even if she writes a whole book about cats, it would have been fabulous. If you haven’t read any of her books, you need to check them out RIGHT NOW.
Girl Against the Universe was, again, unique in its own way from other contemporary books, because it discussed about something that we’ve never really encountered in our ordinary life. I mean, thinking that I’m unlucky on a daily basis is something I’ve never done seriously. It would probably be just like “Oh my God, why am I so unlucky today?” or “UGH I HAVE THE WORST LUCK EVER.” But like I said, it has never been a serious thing. And I’ve never considered that someone would ever be like Maguire. Trust me, this book was refreshing and unique, with so much cute romance!
Maguire caught my attention since the first page of this book as we get to see inside her head, and understand how she figured out that she was bad luck. It was honestly heart breaking to watch her thought process, and knowing that she was scared about hurting other people instead of herself. I mean, usually when we grumble about our bad luck, it would be about us, and not the people surrounding us. But in Maguire’s situation, she actually fears for other people’s lives 24/7, and it broke my heart reading about her trying to deal with it.
Girl Against the Universe will tug at your heart strings and make you feel for, not just Maguire, but everyone surrounding her, like her mother, friends and Jordy. What I definitely love about this book was the strong friendships that were made and emphasized in this book. There weren’t any high school dramas, which was really a breath of fresh air from other contemporary books. Friendships were an important aspect of this book because Maguire needed all the support she could have, so that her character could develop.
This book wasn’t fast-paced, but it wasn’t slow either. I think that it was just the right pace and the story line filled in all the blanks that the story would have. Paula Stokes didn’t rush things and the story came out beautifully, even making readers understand the reasons behind what Maguire was feeling, which was definitely more than JUST survivor’s guilt.
Girl Against the Universe will be out on 17th of May, so guess who is preordering their finished copy? ME. HEHE. And you should too!