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Girl Against the Universe av Paula Stokes
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Girl Against the Universe (utgåvan 2016)

av Paula Stokes (Författare)

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1408149,751 (4.16)Ingen/inga
Maguire is bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys or good luck rituals she performs, horrible things happen. She spends a lot of time in her room to avoid causing damage. But then she meets Jordy, a talented, lucky, aspiring tennis star. He's convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak; she is convinced the best thing she can do for Jordy is stay away. But it turns out that staying away is harder than she thought. --… (mer)
Medlem:sennebec
Titel:Girl Against the Universe
Författare:Paula Stokes (Författare)
Info:HarperTeen (2016), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Girl Against the Universe av Paula Stokes

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There's a subtle, but powerful pull to many forms of mental illness. For MaGuire, this is particularly true. It began when she was the sole survivor of a horrible car crash that killed her father, brother and uncle, but left her relatively unscathed. Her sense that she was a carrier of ill fortune was reinforced not long after when she was in a roller coaster accident and, again was the only one uninjured. Then her candle may or may have not been the cause of her neighbor's home burning. In any event, she's so spooked and convinced that any and every bad event is her fault, that she has literally no life and is a prisoner of multiple and repetitious rituals. There's also some resentment toward Mom who found someone to love and remarried. Maguire now has a stepdad and two step siblings and feels at times, like she's being left out.
When she's set up with a new therapist following a move to a new city and a new high school, it's the beginning of a sea change. Not only does her therapist convince her to take on seven challenges with the goal of freeing herself enough to fly to Ireland for a memorial service, but the cute guy whose appointments follow hers starts up a conversation.
Jordy has issues of his own, but their shared interest in tennis, one of her first challenges being to try out for the school team that Jordy helps coach, is the beginning of healing for both of them. It's their journey that involves that pull, much like the tide coming in and then receding. Following it can be frustrating at times, but ultimately, thanks to a surprise ending that benefits them both, they emerge, better and stronger. It's a very satisfying story. ( )
  sennebec | Apr 18, 2020 |
*3.5 ( )
  Fortunesdearest | Apr 10, 2020 |
This novel of a teenage girl afflicted by PTSD in reaction to numerous unlikely tragedies in the course of her short life is a rather charming tale of first love and self-healing that felt just a little unbalanced (and I don't mean mentally).

The relationship between the narrator and Her Love Interest is really well done but her interactions with her new best friend seem forced; in fact, the character of Jade is sadly underdeveloped and I was aggrieved she ended up getting so little attention (her first appearance seemed so promising!). The psychiatrist, too, got less play than I thought he should, as he kind of disappeared once the story got rolling. On the other hand, I was expecting the step-father to be a total background prop and was most gratified to be wrong. And every so often, the readability of the story is put into a sharp contrast by a discordantly chunky paragraph of pointless detail, usually a trivial detail that should have been glossed over.

As a side note, I really felt like this book's title should have been a tennis pun (Courting Disaster maybe?); Girl Against the Universe sounds like a humorous, sci-fi epic about a chick with superpowers. ( )
  fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
(4.5 stars)

This book was very well written and dealt with anxiety and PTSD wonderfully, while also throwing in a cute romance, and character growth for everyone!

LOVED IT! ( )
  mmalyn | Feb 24, 2018 |
I absolutely loved this book!
I thought that the way the therapy sessions were a main part of the book was really nice. It showed that getting help is a big step on the way to healing.
I also liked how the boy started helping out the MC but by the end she was helping him.
This was one of the most surprising books that I liked out of 2016 because usually I don't go for romance/contemporary but I'm so glad I was persuaded to pick this book up! ( )
  Alana_Platt | May 21, 2017 |
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Maguire is bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys or good luck rituals she performs, horrible things happen. She spends a lot of time in her room to avoid causing damage. But then she meets Jordy, a talented, lucky, aspiring tennis star. He's convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak; she is convinced the best thing she can do for Jordy is stay away. But it turns out that staying away is harder than she thought. --

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