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Girl Against the Universe

Paula Stokes


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Paperback (6/6/2017)


From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about one girl’s tragic past and a boy who convinces her that maybe her luck is about to change. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen or Jenny Han.

Maguire knows she’s 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 her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. But then on her way out of her therapist’s office, she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star, who wants to help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away, but staying away may be harder than she thought.

Praise For Girl Against the Universe

“Stokes’ engaging prose and sympathetic characters serve up great lessons in acceptance for teens dealing with trauma.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Teens will find in Maguire a compelling heroine. Her obsessive behaviors are depicted in convincing detail. Maguire’s forays into wellness are anything but pat, giving her story additional credibility. Teens who enjoy emotionally charged stories will appreciate this novel about resilience.” — School Library Journal

“Romance fans will enjoy the slow, sweet, and tentative burn between the teens. Recommend to readers who enjoy Jenny Han or Maureen Johnson.” — Booklist

“An engaging story. Its true appeal lies with Stokes’s well-developed characters and in the way Maguire and Jordy support each other’s efforts to conquer the challenges they face.” — Publishers Weekly

“Maguire is a brave, relatable character...There are friendships formed, family relationships tested and restored, and issues of identity explored. This is a satisfying and breezy book with likeable characters working through trauma to move to better, healthier places in their lives.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Filled with equal amounts of empathy, humor, and heart, Girl Against the Universe is an empowering story about finding the courage to piece your life back together, even when it feels irreparably broken.” — Tamara Ireland Stone, NYT bestselling author of Every Last Word

“I loved this sweet, slow-burn romance. Sports fiction at its best!” — Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan

“Romantic, honest, and deep, Girl Against the Universe is one of those books where I couldn’t believe that the characters were only a figment of the author’s imagination-they simply jumped off the pages with their relatable flaws and hard-earned wisdom.” — Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

“Absolute perfection. Completely magical. Girl Against the Universe is a poignant, beautiful story.” — Ann Aguirre, NYT bestselling author of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

HarperTeen, 9780062379962, 400pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2016

About the Author

Paula Stokes is the author of Hidden Pieces; This Is How It Happened; Girl Against the Universe; Liars, Inc.; and The Art of Lainey. Paula lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at or on Twitter and Instagram @pstokesbooks.