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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Girl against the universe by Paula Stokes


Summary on Goodreads.

"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 roller coaster 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 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 may be harder than she thought."

If I wasn't a YA librarian I'd give up reading YA; they are so damn predictable! This one too. Oh! Maguire is tiny and he is six foot five.... Apparently, in YA teens can't be of normal height. The norm is for the girl to be a midget and the boy to be a Gulliver.

The romance started good and unusual - knowing each other at their shrink's office. But then the setting was taken to school and we got back to the predictable track: high school drama aka the bitch who thinks the boy is hers, the girl (Maguire) who is unusually good at tennis but doesn't know it, the boy (Jordy) who likes the different girl (she doesn't have slick straight hair)...

What is new here for teens to learn... Nothing really, other than bad luck doesn't really exist. Although urban teens don't seem to believe in that (only teens in small towns can afford it).

How sweet, Jordy's therapist assigned him to hang out with a normal person... as in not famous person. Why isn't Justin Bieber assigned a similar task? Lots of "normal" girls out there ready to slap him back to reality.

Predictable, really, but I guess that when teens ask me for something romantic I can suggest this one. It checks all the usual YA cliché shit that YA is about. Of course I'll smile and suppress the cursing...