Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Summary: 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 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.
My Thoughts: This book was perfection! ❤ ❤
I’ve been meaning to read Paula Stokes books for quite some time & I absolutely loved this one!! It is definitely an addition to my All-Time Favorites list ❤
Maguire feels she will cause harm anywhere she goes and put other people at risk b/c she has bad luck. There were accidents that happened when she was younger like the family car crash in which she was the only one that survived, a house fire, a faulty roller coaster ride where she escaped without a scratch! Which is why she keeps to herself and does “5-second” checks to ensure she won’t bring harm to anyone.
But early on she is convinced by her therapist, Dr.Leed, she should join some sort of activity! (she picks tennis)
Additionally, she makes a list of challenges to help her overcome her “bad luck” and hopefully finish in time to go to Ireland in the winter to meet relatives and honor her father’s death.
Stokes makes her characters engaging and likable though many are ones I’ve read before (the jealous “ex-girlfriend”, the new outgoing-best friend, the swoon-worthy guy)! But with each and every page, there is so much heart in these characters which truly made this book wonderful to read!
It was great to see how her relationship developed with Jordy. I absolutely loved his introduction in the beginning when he met her in the therapy office (sitting w/ Maguire & getting her icecream ❤ )
Over the course of the story they help each other with their own challenges & begin to develop a relationship (which took its time & was never rushed) Their banter/witty remarks not only made the book fun to read but really made their relationship more interesting!
Through their relationship they help and support each other, they motivated each other every step of the way.
Over the course of the story Maguire fears her being out in public is causing harm to others, while bad things do happen, she comes to accept that not everything is perfect and you can’t always be in charge of the universe, which I found quite relatable a times.
She faces her fears in: driving Jordy’s sister Penn to his tennis match, riding a roller coaster, “take something back from the universe” and along the way makes such wonderful and supportive friends!
Reading this book, taught me everything may not be perfect and there may be moments here and their of unluckiness and that’s no reason to worry because as long as I grow from it and not let it get to me I will be okay!
Overall this story is filled with a plot equally as memorable as its complex characters + an over all message that you can’t always perfect everything in life, and that doesn’t mean you have bad-luck, it just means your human!