Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Release date: May 17th 2016
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.
Hey guys! Today I am more than happy and honoured to be part of the shared FIRST INTERNATIONAL ARC GIVEAWAY for Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes! You'll be introduced to one of my favourite characters in the book (oh boy, she made me laugh so much!) and DO NOT forget about the chance to win the very first ARC in the giveaway!!
I have been one of the lucky ones to read it early and I fell head over heels in love with the story, and Maguire, Jade, Penn, Jordy and the rest of the crew!
There's a great balance between the more serious parts of the book and the absolutely delightful banterfluff moments (banterfluff is one of my fave maybe-words coined by Debby from Snuggly Oranges).
I've recently re-read it and it managed to make me tear up again, make laugh out loud and shake my head, swoon and go all "aweeeeeeeeeeee!!" and simply adored this book as much or maybe even a lil bit more than the first time I read it! I've already have it preordered and I just cannot wait till I can add a finished copy to my library room!
Now over to Paula so she can tell you all about my fave character!!
Name: Jade Lee
School: Pacific Point High School
Family: Mom, Dad (AKA the overlords), two older brothers who have both abandoned me for college
Hobbies: acting, tennis, watching movies, fashion design
Here’s what happens when Maguire first meets Jade:
A tall Asian girl wearing patterned kneesocks and a black tennis dress emblazoned with purple geometric shapes makes her way up the bleachers, scanning the rows like she’s looking for someone. She was also in my sixth-hour class. She sat in the back with me and redid her nail polish behind her book for most of the period.
“Bloody hell,” she says to no one in particular, in what I think is a British accent. “I cannot believe I’m going to spend all semester with you turnips.” She passes everyone up and comes to sit by me. “You’re the new girl, yeah?” she asks. “Maguire?”
“Yeah.” I scoot a little bit away as she drops her tennis bag on the ground. It’s more of a plain duffel strategically cut and sewn to convert it to a racquet bag. Tiny patches with slogans like “I think, therefore I am (better than you)” and “Death to pop music” cover the front of it.
“Right then,” she says. “I’m Jade.” She dusts off the bleachers with one hand before sitting down. She’s got fresh black and silver polish on every nail except for her thumb, which is adorned with a sunflower decal.
“Jade.” I scoot back toward her. “Nice to meet you.” Okay, so it’s totally dumb to like someone for her name, but jade is lucky in several different cultures. I’m counting this as a good omen.
Sooo, that was our introduction to Jade, and trust me... it only gets better (and funnier)!
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Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.
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