Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes (2016)

Rating: 4.2 Stars.22297294.jpg

Maguire, a 16 year old truly believes that she is cursed, as she meticulously tracks all the horrible things that happen to those around her. Her fears stem from a crash that killed her uncle, father and brother and left her almost unscathed. Through therapy and the help of a boy with his own struggles, she tries to work through trying to break her bad luck.

What I loved about this book was Maguire. She was hilarious, she was easy to follow, believable, and someone you really rooted for. Her mental illness struggles are real, and the author does a fantastic job of making them the focus of the book. Maguire’s desires to get better supersede her desires to get into a relationship. It’s a brilliantly positive tail on mental illness which is just so hard to come by.

The cast of characters we meet are great supporting roles. You fall for Jordy and his boyish charm and you want to hang out with Penn and Jade. Her parents are lovely, but the lack of conflict here gets a little slower at times. Still, I couldn’t put this book down and was left with a happy little book hangover.

Recommendation: All in all a fantastic book. Keep it at the more mature reader (12+), for some casual mention of mature content. If you’re looking for a good book on mental illness that leaves you feeling hopeful, this is your book.


About K2Harvey

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