Book Looks: Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes


Bag | Top | Necklace | Shoes | iPhone Case | Jeans

Title: Girl Against the Universe (2016)
Author: Paula Stokes
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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 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 meeting 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 is harder than she thought.

Read the first lines…

There’s a thing that sometimes happens in your brain when you’re the only survivor of a horrific accident. Part of you is happy because you’re alive, but the rest of you is devastated. Then the sad part beats up the happy part until nothing is left, until all you feel is terrible sorrow for the people who didn’t make it. And guilt. Guilt because you wonder if the Universe made a mistake. Guilt because you know you’re not any better than those who died.

This is what my therapist says, anyway. Since I don’t feel like talking, he’s talking for both of us. I hate people like that, people who think they know what you need to hear, people who think they can read your mind, anticipate your responses. “We’re not all the same,” I want to shout. But I don’t, because if I talk, then he wins. And I have lost enough already.

20 thoughts on “Book Looks: Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes

  1. Wow, I really love the colours for this one. The orange just looks so bright and sunny, especially paired with white! Also that phone case is amazing, one of my friends really loves giraffes and I keep thinking if she had an iPhone it would be the perfect gift for her! 🙂


  2. Oh wow, I recently watched “The Dressmaker” and the protagonist of both have the same dilemma. (I’m assuming the book “The Dressmaker” expounds on it a bit more.) It must be so hard having to stop yourself from doing things and loving life because of the bad luck you fear bringing your family. Love love love your outfit!


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