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The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I

(Virginia Shreves #2)

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Virginia Shreves’ world implodes again in this long-awaited follow-up to Printz Honoree The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.

Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.

But just as she adjusts to her ne
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Gayatri Saikia yes. definitely yes. I haven't read the first part yet and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Great book.

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Kylie Amber
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bloomsbury USA Children in exchange for my honest review**

“But you gave me two eyes.” I say gesturing at his drawing. He looks up for a second. “You’re two pretty to have one.”

I rated this book at 5/5 stars because it shows so many different aspects that should be shown more in novels today. Such as an overweight character and an LGBTQ Character. This novel is sending out a lot of messages that are really needed to be seen especially by teens the
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Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Universe is Expanding and So Am I follows Virginia and her complicated relationships with boyfriend Froggy, new boy Sebastian and her dysfunctional family. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions and teen angst as Virginia isn’t sure she loves Froggy anymore (or even like him), while at the same time dealing with a major family secret.

Virginia is an interesting character, although I’m reluctant to call her a role model. She’s confide
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Amelia
So much better than book 1

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I was hesitant to pick this up because the first book wasn't my favourite, but this one was so much better.

If you read the first book and didn't like it, I recommend you still pick this book up.
Gabrielle
Jan 16, 2018 added it
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Carolyn Mackler is one of my oldest writer friends and I love the way she sees the world. Her teens feel lived in to me—smart, observant, but realistic in terms of their insecurities and limitations. I particularly appreciate the candid and non-judgmental way she depicts teen sensuality and female desire. The Universe is Expanding and So Am I is a gentle, character-driven YA novel, but not one that lacks passion, humor, or ideas. Much to discuss here in the age of #metoo.

I lived on the UWS of Ma
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trufflebooks
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4/5 STARS. This review is also available on my blog HERE.
If it doesn't make sense in certain parts it's because I reviewed it in the same blog post as its sequel. Click the link for full comprehension and to read the double review there :)
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I won't say as much on this novel cause obviously *spoilers* but firstly, I am SO HAPPY Carolyn wrote it. I feel like this sequel was needed 15 years ago. I liked it WAYYYYY more than the first book and I feel like this sequel just finished the whole story and
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McKinlay Dennis
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2018
Wow, that’s officially the fastest I’ve ever quit a book. I didn’t even finish the first chapter. Maybe thin people should just not write about what it’s like to be fat. Not all of us just sit around trying to figure out how to get a boyfriend. We certainly don’t do it simply so the skinny girls don’t snag em all. Like are you effing serious?
Lauren
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Very conflicted about this one. I keep thinking of Annie Mills and how irresponsible it is to force these two families together for the sake of a summer romance. In the time of the #MeToo movement, it's just not really acceptable, despite how fun these books are. A shame.
Eram Hussain
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I read this just after the first book in the series( The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things ). So I already knew all the characters except one, Sebastian. I loved him. He was so sweet and funny. He is my favorite character from the series.
Virginia is still dealing with her weight, school life and family issues. Her family’s attitudes toward her weight has changed a lot now which was very sudden and I found that very weird.One day she drives the car in case of an emergency and su
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Morgan
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I loved this book so so sooo much! I received a box of ARCs at work and this happened to be one of them. Upon digging it out of the box, my first thought was "oh, what a cute cover!" I love the pops of color and to me what appears to be an abstract take on the universe.

The synopsis sounded like something that would be right up my alley, especially since in the summer time I crave a good contemporary novel. Upon further research I realized that this is a sequel to a book Carolyn M
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Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed meeting Virginia in the previous book, and I was happy to see her grow and define herself even more in this book. But, I must confess, I almost feel like this book is a response to all those, who felt Byron wasn't punished enough in the last book, because once again, the family drama focused on him, and was a major plot point in this book. I think some readers will be happy that it was revisited, but I was most excited about the romance.

Virginia had that one awesome romantic at the ve
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bloomsbury
Find my series review here. The Virginia Shreves Series is a wonderful, conversational and often confrontational read. I cannot emphasise enough the significance of reading both novels consecutively. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Katie Steele
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow.

I loved the first book when I was in middle school. Loved it so much.

I can’t even bring myself to finish this one.

And I really hate that, because Virginia could be such a great protagonist. But she isn’t.

The first thing to bother me was when her boyfriend and friend are playing Minecraft, she’s on her phone ignoring them because she doesn’t “get it.” Um. No. How about when the people you care about are into a thing, you support them and don’t act like a brat who talks about how they don’t se
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Brooklyn Tayla
Okay, so I must admit I haven’t actually read book one, so I was slightly worried that some of the events and context of this second instalment of the Virginia Shreves books would have been lost on me, but….
I feel like this one stood as it’s own novel, and Carolyn Mackler definitely fills the reader in regarding what’s happened to Virginia in the past, as well as her sister Anais and brother Byron. And her overbearing and controlling mother, who ridicules every aspect of her youngest daughter, V
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Gayatri Saikia
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
am pretty sure the first question that pops up in your mind is that ," Can I read this book as a standalone?". And the answer to that is YES. Definitely YES.

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I , is a sequel to the Virginia Shreves series by Carolyn Mackler and as I haven't read the first book "  ", I didn't keep my expectations very high. And and and THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING made me rethink about picking up YA Contemporary books more often.

The protagonist Virginia also known as Gin is an ove
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: The Universe is expanding and so am I
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Genre: YA/Family/Contemporary
Rating: *****
Review: The opening to The Universe is expanding and so am I takes place five months after the end of The Earth, my butt and other big round things. We re-join Virginia and Froggy who have been together in a relationship for five months, something the old Virginia thought she’d never have. After dating for a little while Virginia seems to have left the honeymoon period behind
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The Blonde Bookworm
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I feel the same way about this novel as I did the first in this sequel... slightly indifferent. There were lots of things to like, and then there were also a lot of things that I felt were probably not great for younger girls to read. I thought Virginia was a tough and interesting girl, but I also felt like there were times that she needed to stick up for herself and be a little more responsible for her choices. I thought she was a great character with a big heart, but I just kept hoping ...more
Michaela's Journey into Books
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is the squeal to The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things and this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.

At the beginning of this book Virginia finally feels like she is getting her life together, she is finally starting to accept herself as she is and learning how to cope with what her brother did and how it affected the relationship she had with her brother. T
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Jasmine Costello
I loved this book and it was super easy to read just like The Earth, my Butt and other Big Round Things! The story was brilliantly written and the main characters were relatable and enjoyable to read.
I liked the way the book finished but I would also like another book and Virginia's story to continue but I wouldn't be surprised if this was the end of the series.

I would recommend this book/series to anyone who wants a super easy and good contemporary to read!
Priyanka
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I want more. I want a third book.
Shruti Ramanujam
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect sequel to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things! The first book was one of my favourites growing up! So when I started the Banned Book Club, naturally it was one of the first books we read.

This book starts right where the first book ends. Virginia needs to come to terms with the mess her family (and brother) is in. At the same time, she realises that Froggy just isn't for her. How she moves on and also makes her peace with her family forms the rest of the story.
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Dorie
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book immediately after finishing the first book in the series (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things), so I was already invested in the characters and able to jump right in. The first thing I noticed was that the author did a great job of modernizing this book, without it being obvious that it was written 15 years later. It was a smooth transition from one book to the next, although of course a lot has changed in those 15 years. The author also did a lot of “damage control” ...more
Blue
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Alight I’ll admit it I am usually the first one to hate contemporary book but this... was EVERYTHING.
I have never been so involved with reading a contemporary in my life. I honestly smacked someone with the book because they thought it suitable to interrupt me. I couldn’t stop reading it, I didn’t put it down. I read this book cover to cover and want more.
There are so many amazing points to this story so bear with me.
A character. Actually scratch that. The MAIN character is ‘overweight’ not the
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Fabulous Book Fiend
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed getting to hear more from Virginia and loved being back in her world. I read the 2 books in this series back to back and am really pleased that I did because jumping from one right to the other meant I just got the carry on the story five months after it left off. I read an early version of the previous novel and I understand that it has been updated in the last fifteen years but I found it a bit odd to jump from talking about Tower record and Sports Authority Gift cards to be ...more
Tika
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★★☆/★★★★★

Book Review: The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler

Positives
🥠 Virginia
🥠 All the book references
🥠 Sea-glass-eyed, long haired artists who definitely do not skateboard, because no coordination
🥠 Growing up/growing some balls

Negatives
🥠 Somewhat predictable, but it didn't detract from the story

This super cute first person YA contemporary wasn't just fluff for the brain. Virginia is a fantastic protagonist and I can totally see her as a purple haired, kick-boxing curvaceou
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Tika
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
★★★★☆/★★★★★

Book Review: The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler

Positives
🥠 Virginia
🥠 All the book references
🥠 Sea-glass-eyed, long haired artists who definitely do not skateboard, because no coordination
🥠 Growing up/growing some balls

Negatives
🥠 Somewhat predictable, but it didn't detract from the story

This super cute first person YA contemporary wasn't just fluff for the brain. Virginia is a fantastic protagonist and I can totally see her as a purple haired, kick-boxing curvaceou
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Misti
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Virginia has always been curvy, and her feelings about her body have long been complicated. Her family’s attitudes toward her weight haven’t helped. She was thrilled to find a boyfriend (see The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things), but now she’s not sure she even likes the guy all that much. If she breaks up with him, will she ever be part of a couple again? Then, family drama breaks out, not to mention friend drama, summer employment, and the dreaded driving test.

I read The Earth, My B
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Book Review
Title: The Universe is expanding and so am I
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Genre: YA/Family/Contemporary
Rating: *****
Review: The opening to The Universe is expanding and so am I takes place five months after the end of The Earth, my butt and other big round things. We re-join Virginia and Froggy who have been together in a relationship for five months, something the old Virginia thought she’d never have. After dating for a little while Virginia seems to have left the honeymoon period behind
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Jenny
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the first Virginia book a few weeks ago when I saw that this sequel was being released. I thought it was wonderful and charming and made me feel very seen (though, luckily, as a Curvaceous Chick myself I have much more support from family and community). This follow up was so well done - I love that Mackler updated the world without breaking any of the continuity. The sexual assault plot line is explored with compassion and grace, though I did wish it was a little less wishy-washy at time ...more
Lauren R.
I think I liked this better than the first one but man, these books are not enjoyable for me lol. I have so many thoughts and am not sure where to begin. The timeline is super weird, a lot of the dialogue (internal or otherwise) is repetitive, Virginia’s thoughts on her weight vs “skinny people” are really unhealthy/problematic, her family is terrible to her... So pretty much this is the same as the predecessor except that one has the excuse that it was written in 2003?
iish the One and Only
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
More of a 4.5, but I did make a mistake because I read this before the previous book in the series.

This book had an exiting plot and it was fun to read. Virginia Shreves has a very relatable story, and it was a raw book full of opinions and it was overall a nice YA book. On a another note, it was more of a contemporary book, which is a bit out of my taste, but it still a nice read!
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