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Girl Against the Universe

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,140 ratings  ·  913 reviews
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
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Paula Stokes There is not a sequel--in fact so far this book has not sold enough copies where my publisher will even buy another contemporary novel from me, so ple…moreThere is not a sequel--in fact so far this book has not sold enough copies where my publisher will even buy another contemporary novel from me, so please keep recommending it so one day that will change ;) In the meantime, there are a bunch of deleted scenes on Wattpad if you're interested :)(less)
Paula Stokes I saw where a girl in a review recommend COURTING DISASTER and I was like "Hey, where were you when I was pitching alternate titles?" The original tit…moreI saw where a girl in a review recommend COURTING DISASTER and I was like "Hey, where were you when I was pitching alternate titles?" The original title was BAD LUCK CHARM, which I still love, but my publisher felt was too cutesy and possibly a little too middle-grade sounding.(less)
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Paula Stokes
May 25, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A funny thing happened on the way to publication. We changed the title and then thanks to the brilliant suggestions of my editor, I changed a LOT of the book. Like 40% of the book. And although it's still swoony and funny and I still think fans of The Art of Lainey will enjoy this, it's taken on a darker, more serious tone.

But not too dark. Page one is a therapy session so I don't feel like it's spoilery to tell you that Maguire is struggling with some psychological issues. A lot of my own strug
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Reminds me of Anna & The French Kiss + Dreamology
ME: *flailing* *twirling* *wants to go out and take on the universe*

How do I write a review on a book too precious and perfect for this world?

I can't remember ever having read a book about mental illness that was so positive and hopeful, but still so incredibly realistic? It gave an honest look into how a girl worked through her trauma with the support and encouragement of her family, friends, and therapist.

Maguire is
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“The first thing that you need to realize is that mental health is fluid. It’s not like you have an infection and a doctor gives you antibiotics and then you’re cured. No matter what the two of us accomplish together, you’re still going to have good days and bad days. Makes sense?”

This is another winner in the contemporary YA genre that deals with mental health issues. There came a time when I thought I have had enough of these books but recently I’ve learned that I could never have enough.
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Beware spoilers ahead!

I had heard about this book through GR. For awhile I was very hesitant to read this book. Not gonna lie but the first came across this book I only read the first sentence and immediately thought Maguire was crazy. I went back again and this time finished reading the synopsis and I actually liked it. A few months passed and I found out about the mental health in this book and I put it together. It's not that Maguire is crazy but it's bec
meh. no, thanks.

i get what this book was trying to do and that's rad and if what it's trying to do managed to be what was done for you...well, uh, good. but it didn't work for me.

this kind of reminded me of Made You Up in that the world feels so surreal and ridiculous and the high school experience is so simplistic and easy and friends and love interests just pop up right when you need them but only disturb you when it will further the plot and so all of that just makes the mental illness rep fe
♛ may
DNF @ 25%

I'm unsure whether I dislike the general feel of the book, or the cliche-ness of it, or if this is just a strange slump that's making EVERYTHING hard to read but I just don't have the heart to continue.

There's not WRONG with it, it's just blehhhhh and the plot is kinda just romance and im bored and not invested at all so like imma pass yo.


1.5 stars!!
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 brothe
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Bad things happen to other people when I’m around.” I sigh. “It’s like I’m bad luck.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who believed she was bad luck to those around her.

Maguire was an okay character, and it was easy to see why she’d believe she was bad luck. To be in more than one accident where people died, and she walked away unharmed did seem a li
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
This book was just sooooo delightful! There needs to be a proper word for something that makes your heart a little sad but equally giddy. Maybe there is a word for it? I don’t know but this book is whatever that word is. I’m sad I made my YA contemporary beach read list already because this one would have definitely been at the top — compulsively readable and just heart-melting. And YOU GUYS…one of the sweetest, swooniest dudes in YA.

I LOVED the relationship between Maguire and Jordy. So banter-
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By now we all know that I'm quite picky about my contemps. I was lucky enough to read an early MS of this and then got to read it again officially for review.

I love Maguire and Jordy. They're strong for each other and so supportive. I loved reading them work through the shrink challenges and figure life out. Penn and Jade were awesome friends and I could easily read a companion book about either of them. And don't get me started on Dr. Hottie...

The plot was captivating. I celebrated the highs an
Stokes is one of those authors who can write anything. The light tone of this, combined with the deep and thoughtful subject matter (not to mention stellar romance) really reminded me of her debut, The Art of Lainey, which is an absolute favorite of mine. I think this might even be better.

Girl Against the Universe is about Maguire, a girl who believes she's cursed. Ever since she became the sole survivor in a car accident which killed her father, uncle, and older brother, Maguire has kept to he
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
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Personal Thoughts: I had been wanting to read Girl Against the Universe since it’s debut, largely due to the gorgeous cover. I’m not really a fan of the color orange but this beautifully illustrated tennis court just works for me. And I love that Maguire is strewn across the corner, looking like she’s given up on everyone and everything. I knew going into it that Maguire believes she’s bad luck, but I was never expecting to find a character that I personall
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl Against The Universe is the kind of contemporary that I can re-read time and again and love it as much or even than I did the first time!

Contemporary YA is not my go to genre, but since I'd read anything that Paula Stokes would wrote and her first contemporary was absolutely therapeutic for me (The Art of Lainey), GATU was a must read and it delivered in every which way.

It's what I call a "feel good" book, there's conflict, there's serious issues but there's no overabundance of drama and th
Jaime Arkin
Definitely 4.5 stars

I think that this might be my new favorite book from Paula Stokes and not so much because of the story, though I really enjoyed that… more because of the characters that Stokes has created! I really found myself enjoying Maguire’s journey.

To set the stage for you, Maguire has had more bad luck in her short time on earth than many of us do in a lifetime. The loss of her brother, father and uncle in a car accident where she was the only survivor… or the rollercoaster ride that
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
3.5 Mental heatlh Stars

BONUS: Logic-Anziety 🎵 🎵

Dear everyone, I present you a book where mental health is the main topic and it stays focused on it. *Round of applause*👏 👏 THANK YOU THANK YOU We follow the main character in her therapy with her psychologist during months, and is so realistic. I mean finally there is just not a small appearance of some random dude or woman to say they are a "psychological" help to the MC, once in the whole book, and for the MC just to babble how much they ha
Wendy Darling
3.5 I liked this story, and it does a lot of things very well.

-- The book portrays coping mechanisms (with grief and life in general) and mental health issues believably, as well as therapy in a positive, healthy way.

-- It shows school routines, extra-curricular activities, and kids actually thinking about and planning for their futures. This was a huge part of my life as a teenager so I'm always surprised that it takes such a back seat in most YA books.

-- The relationships are solid: girl frie
This was my first Uppercase book and I was a little nervous about it since I usually avoid teenage romance novels like the plague but I was intrigued by the mental illness side of this story. Maguire is a black cat. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong around her. And she is a klutz. She tries to do certain rituals to keep bad things from happening but obviously that doesn't always work so she avoids going outside and social activities when at all possible. She feels like she is to blame for ...more
Crystal | decorating.reader
I seriously have so much love for this book. <3 I can not wait for everyone else to be able to read it.
Sara (sarabara081)
May 2016 -
I first read Girl Against the Universe in 2015 under the working title, Bad Luck Charm. It was in the very early stages but I instantly adored the characters and the story. Re-reading the final version a year later has been such an experience. I’m not a huge rereader but this was a whole different experience because the story had evolved. Details are not my thing so a year in between reads left it a little hard to pinpoint all the specific changes but a few definitely stood out. Once
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I finished this book I couldn't stop hugging it. Such an inspiring and powerful story! ...more
Really enjoyable and adorable and swoony, and one of very few really pro-therapy YAs I've read. (Also one of the few with a great stepdad.) ...more
A wonderfully written contemporary story about a teenage girl who suffers from OCD and PTSD from the deaths of her family members. I loved that it showed therapy in such a positive and productive way. What I found most refreshing was that the main character became brave and chose to fix her problems herself. I also just love her friends and her family. And the love interest wasn't too bad either. This was such a positive book and such a quick read! ...more
Becca Fowler (PivotBookTotes)
New favorite Paula Stokes book. Full of heart, swoons, best friends, laughter, and some tears. Loved the characters, their backstories, the underlying message, and the unique plot line. Mark your calendars for May, folks. You NEED this one!!! Take my word for it.
The Captain
Ahoy there me mateys! Now I am not a big YA contemporary fan. When I read YA, I tend to read sci-fi or fantasy books. Occasionally I will read some historical fiction. But I have to admit that the cover for this one is what drew me in:

Something about how she is sprawled on the court just made me laugh. Plus the title is silly. The premise of the book is that a teen named Maguire knows she is cursed. Bad things keep happening and the only common denominator happens to be her. So she tries to stay
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars: A delightful YA contemp that tackles some important topics.

Maguire is convinced she is bad luck, and no matter how many good luck charms she carries, or five second danger sweeps she performs or rituals she carries out, the universe still conspires against her. It all started back when she was eleven when a car crash claimed the lives of Maguire's father, uncle and brother. Maguire was miraculously spared with only a few scratches. Then consider the roller coaster accident
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
This book is pretty much…


I honestly have nothing critical to say about it.

First, let me say thank you to Jamie for buying it for me when I couldn't get hold of it in the UK. Also, a big thank you to Paula Stokes for the signed bookplate!

There are so many things I loved about this book. The story opens up several years after a car accident that killed Maguire's father, brother and uncle, yet left her unscathed. Soon after, she experiences other accidents that affect everyone but he
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I loved Girl Against the Universe so much! Paula Stokes is one of my favorite YA authors. She has an engaging writing style, and writes THE BEST characters that I’ve ever encountered. Needless to say, I was very much looking forward to reading her latest title. There was a lot about Girl Against the Universe that I loved so much so that it’s ,without any doubt, my favorite book by the author.

Girl Against the Universe is a very poignant and character-driven book. The characters in the book were t
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
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Oh, my my! This book was so good and took me completely by surprise because I honestly wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, and for me to give a contemporary book almost five stars says a lot.

I was blown away by how much I related and connected with the main character. She was such an interesting one, and had an amazing character development. The dynamics between her and the love interest were so well done and gold, and something I adored ab
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