Published by HarperTeen on May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
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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’m here to introduce you to the main character from Paula Stokes upcoming novel, Girl Against the Universe! I had the greatest opportunity to read a super early version of the story (and name a character even!) and I’m so excited to provide the chance for another to win an ARC of this book! I’ve never read a book in such an early stage and I’m looking forward to reading it all over again as a finished copy to see how it evolved from the beginning. So without further ado:
Paula: Maguire is the book’s main character, named for the daughter of a former spinning instructor who had me sign a copy of The Art of Lainey for her. I fell in love with the name and when I got the idea to write a book about a girl who believed she was bad luck, Maguire was a perfect fit. Here’s a little more about Maguire:
Name: Maguire Kelly
School: Pacific Point High School
Family: Mom, stepdad, half-sister, half-brother
Hobbies: Running (okay, jogging, whatever), reading, collecting good luck charms
And here’s a peek at Maguire from the beginning of the book:
As I cross the waiting room, the receptionist waves and Perfectly Assembled Boy glances up. He gives me a longer look this time—so long that I start to feel a little awkward. I peek back at him as I open the door to the hallway.
“Your hair,” he says finally. “It’s so . . . big.”
I get this sort of thing occasionally, normally from friends of my mom. I’ve got one of those manes that everyone likes to ooh and ahh over but no one really wants for their own. Thick black hair that hangs past my shoulders in corkscrew curls and sticks out a few inches from my head if I don’t tame it down and tie it back. Kind of like that old-school guitarist Slash, only I’m a lot smaller than he is, so my hair looks even bigger. I almost always wear it in a bun.
Can’t wait for you to meet her! And we shall see if anyone can guess which character I named from the book. 😉