Book Review

Book Review | Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes


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 roller coaster 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 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 may be harder than she thought. (via Goodreads)

Title: Girl Against the Universe

Author: Paula Stokes

Published: May 17th 2016 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Review: I really liked this book! I always get nervous when I read books with mental illness and a love interest because I really don’t like books where the main character is sick and then his/her love interest comes in and they’re all healed. You don’t get that with Girl Against the Universe, though.

The first thing about this book that I liked about Girl Against the Universe is the writing. The writing is just so… good. I was blowing through the pages like nothing. The book reads fairly quick, but it’s paced really well. Nothing throughout the book seems rushed, everything developed and took its time.

The characters is this book were amazingly constructed. You really find yourself rooting for Maguire and Jordy – especially Maguire. They both help each other, but you really get to see how Jordy helps Maguire since the book is from her perspective. The supportive characters where all great, too. I loved seeing the portrayal of Maguire’s mom and stepdad. I really appreciated the character of Maguire’s therapist, I felt like he was a very accurate representation of a therapist dealing with teenagers. Maguire’s friends, Jade and Penn, where nice and I liked them right away.

I think what I loved the most about this book was that you watched Maguire grow and work through her issues, not because of Jordy but rather with Jordy’s help. I really liked reading about two teenagers trying to figure out how to help themselves while trying to help each other. Paula Stokes wrote such an honest story about mental illness, therapy, and recovery.


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