Review | Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

22297294Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Release date: May 17th, 2016
Genres: Young adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Uppercase Box


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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.


When I read the description I thought it was going to be boring, but as soon as I started to read every chapter I noticed some things that actually happened to me when I was little.

Funny, right?  Well, the story includes romance, drama, and a struggle. The thing that I liked the most is the struggle she has. Maguire is a girl that believes that everything bad that happens is due to her bad luck. If someone falls down she thinks it was because “she was staring”, things like that. She was in accident years ago and , ever since she has this feeling that the Universe is against her and she is CURSED! She attends therapy and starts to set herself mini goals to get over her fears. During this quest, she meets new people and JORDY! –> It was kind of obnoxious to realize that the book was starting to become sort of a chick flick, because Jordy is the handsome, perfect guy who meets the unfortunate young lady, Maguire, however, I liked him very, very much.

I rate it 4 stars , because as I was reading I could recall my own obsessions and anxiety issues. The plot is what makes this book great!  Towards the end of the book, I think Paula rushed a bit, since there were some events that I was really looking forward to knowing more about, and they were shortened. Anyway, it was a good book!

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2 thoughts on “Review | Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

  1. I’ve heard awesome things about the way therapy is portrayed in this book: realistically and compassionate towards others who have experienced mental illness, whether it be anxiety, PTSD, etc. I hope it lives up to the hype!


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