Obviously, I fell completely in love with Paula Stokes’ latest contemporary novel, Girl Against the Universe. It’s fun, it’s flirty, it’s cute, and it’s got a darker, more serious underside. The characters are flawed, but you still end up loving them. But what exactly is GATU about? Find out, and enter to win a finished copy of this amazing read!
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.
From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
Description taken from Goodreads.
Here’s what Paula has to say about the book:
Girl Against the Universe will release on May 17th, 2016. I am so excited to share this book with the world, and particularly with people who are struggling with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, anxiety, shyness, or people who just feel like the odds are stacked against them. Maguire’s story is full of struggles and triumphs, new friends and family bonds. Even if your life is totally peachy at the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll find Girl Against the Universe funny and inspiring. I hope you give it a try.
Here’s what some other great authors had to say about the book:
“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 beautiful 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
Just for fun, here’s my idea of the book in a single word:
And the book in a single GIF:
And even the book in a song:
And what would a book blast be without a GIVEAWAY? Check out the Rafflecopter for how you can win a finished copy of the book—INT. US winner will received signed book. INT winner will receive order from The Book Depository + signed bookplate. If you live in a non-TDB country, you can win an e-copy of the book.
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That’s it for this book blast! Hopefully, now you’re as excited for GATU as I am :D Be sure to follow Paula to keep up with all things GATU and her other great reads.