Girl Against the Universe (Paperback)
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From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about a girl coping with PTSD and the boy who wants to help her move on from the past. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen or Jenny Han.
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 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 may be harder than she thought.
About the Author
Paula Stokes is the author of Hidden Pieces; This Is How It Happened; Girl Against the Universe; Liars, Inc.; and The Art of Lainey. Paula lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on Twitter and Instagram @pstokesbooks.
“Stokes’ engaging prose and sympathetic characters serve up great lessons in acceptance for teens dealing with trauma.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Teens will find in Maguire a compelling heroine. Her obsessive behaviors are depicted in convincing detail. Maguire’s forays into wellness are anything but pat, giving her story additional credibility. Teens who enjoy emotionally charged stories will appreciate this novel about resilience.”
— School Library Journal
“Romance fans will enjoy the slow, sweet, and tentative burn between the teens. Recommend to readers who enjoy Jenny Han or Maureen Johnson.”
“An engaging story. Its true appeal lies with Stokes’s well-developed characters and in the way Maguire and Jordy support each other’s efforts to conquer the challenges they face.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Maguire is a brave, relatable character...There are friendships formed, family relationships tested and restored, and issues of identity explored. This is a satisfying and breezy book with likeable characters working through trauma to move to better, healthier places in their lives.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Filled with equal amounts of empathy, humor, and heart, Girl Against the Universe is an empowering story about finding the courage to piece your life back together, even when it feels irreparably broken.”
— Tamara Ireland Stone, NYT bestselling author of Every Last Word
“I loved this sweet, slow-burn romance. Sports fiction at its best!”
— Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan
“Romantic, honest, and deep, Girl Against the Universe is one of those books where I couldn’t believe that the characters were only a figment of the author’s imagination-they simply jumped off the pages with their relatable flaws and hard-earned wisdom.”
— Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
“Absolute perfection. Completely magical. Girl Against the Universe is a poignant, beautiful story.”
— Ann Aguirre, NYT bestselling author of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things