Oct 13, 2018

Girl Against The Universe.

girl against the universe.
 Paula stokes. 

Publisher  Harper Teen.
Publication Date: May17,2016.
Genre: YA Romance|Mental Health.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|400.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.


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 the house next door caught on fire. 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 might be harder than she thought. 


A powerful, inspiring story about mental illness.

I have read few books about mental illness through years, and this, GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was one of the best, and so realistic. I haven’t experienced was Maguire had, and while reading the book, I felt as I had. I am writing a book that deals with PTSD, and I felt as I learned a lot more by reading the book. GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was filled with a lot of emotions, and I while I read it, I felt as I was experiencing all those emotions along with Maguire. I felt her fear, her confusion, her sadness, her anxiety. I can’t imagine going through what she did, losing 3 of loved ones and then blaming herself for everything that went wrong afterwards. I hoped that she would find a way to overcome that, hoping that Dr. Leed would find a way to help her. I loved the communication between the two of them, at least once Maguire started to communicate with him, ask for his help to help get there. It was a big step to set that goal for herself. I believe that the challenges that she set for herself, helped her get there. I was rooting for her.

Jordy, I liked him from start. There seemed to be some type of connection between two of them, when they met at the therapist office, even if Maguire wasn’t that welcoming at first. I knew that it was a sign that Jordy ended being helper at tennis team that Maguire decided to try out for. I liked fact that he didn’t seem to believe that she was bad luck, and how much he tried to help her to overcome her fears, help her with tennis, to help her make the team. I know that Jordy cared about her from the start, otherwise he wouldn’t done all of that to begin with. I just wanted for Maguire to see that, and I believe she did but she was afraid, because she assumed that something bad would happen to him. I was hoping that maybe she learned to overcome all of that. Maguire came a long way from beginning of the book, to the end and she accomplished a lot as result of it. Despite her being afraid all the time, to accomplish everything that she had, that’s being brave.

GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was the first book that I read by PAULA STOKES but I have heard of the author before and been wanting to read her book. Now that I have, I am eager to check out rest of her books. GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to the end. A book that I would recommend to everyone.



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