Girl Against the Universe is definitely a YA contemporary you’ll want to pick up!
Book Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Title & Author: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: May 17, 2016
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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Let’s start this post off right: GUSH TIME. Girl Against the Universe is such a great contemporary book with a long list of things I love.
I’ve been a fan of Paula Stokes’ work for awhile (I especially enjoyed her most recent book, The Art of Lainey), but this is by far my favorite book by her.
About this book: Maguire is a pretty normal girl…well except for one tiny thing. She think’s she’s bad luck and is pretty sure she wrecks havoc wherever she goes. She’s working through her fears in therapy, and meets a cute boy who’s also working through his own challenges. And just maybe they can help and encourage each other.
Here are a few reasons why I loved Girl Against the Universe:
- I loved the portrayal of therapy – I’m a huge proponent of therapy and loved that Maguire’s irrational thoughts are addressed and worked through the entire book. So healthy and wonderful.
- Jordy is a wonderful teen boy character – Don’t get me wrong. He’s still a teenage BOY, but it’s so refreshing to read a male character who isn’t stereotypically overly cocky and/or girl crazy. He’s just adorable and realistic and precious.
- Book parents are present and accounted for – So many parents in YA lit are absent. I get why (parents ask too many questions and would definitely foil plots), but I so appreciated Maguire’s family – how they stuck it out were generally very supportive.
- I loved the journey – Fear and irrational thoughts are so challenging to overcome. I was completely engaged in Maguire’s progress and growth. She’s definitely a character I felt I could root for.
This has been the year of the contemporary novel for me. And, at the top is definitely Girl Against the Universe.
And even though many people can’t relate to Maguire’s specific issue, I loved how her problems were still very relatable. I understand believing something that isn’t true about yourself and letting it control your self-worth and self-esteem.
Also, the romance is so wonderful in this one. I don’t think I mentioned that enough – ADORBS.
If you’re looking for a fun but deep summer read, look no further. Girl Against the Universe is a strong standalone contemporary for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Kasie West – recommended.