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Book Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Author: Paula Stokes (Twitter | Website)
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publication House: HarperTeen




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.

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Girl Against the Universe presented a unique story line and conflict which revolves around a girl named Maguire, thinking that the universe is conspiring against her. She firmly believes that she is cursed (because of several events that happened to her in the past) and performs all kinds of rituals to somewhat secure her luck and the people around her. See? I think, this is the first time that I’ve read something with this concept of luck. But mainly it delves into a certain mental illness/fear yet how the book was written gives off an air of lightness to it. It was actually a fun read. Maguire’s thoughts and logic were very easy to get into and I immensely enjoyed reading through it. I could’ve read this book in one sitting if only I had the time to do so.

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