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Shelf Control #15

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another lovely Wednesday on bookishlyrebecca. Obviously, since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another Shelf Control, my last of May. I’ve saved my most anticipated mental health read for this week!

Here is what Shelf Control is and the rules: Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.


  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • If you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…have fun 🙂

Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes


Published: 2016 // Length: 400 pages

From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about a girl coping with PTSD and the boy who wants to help her move on from the past.

Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she’s around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. 

Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away might be harder than she thought.

Why I want to read Girl Against The Universe: Basically a whole bunch of reasons, but let’s get into the main one. There aren’t a lot of female athletes featured in YA and it’s frustrating. Well, women’s sports are generally ignored as whole but that’s a story for another post.

Anyways, I love the idea of following a female athlete who is struggling with PTSD and I think anxiety. Maybe not, but sports is one area where mental health is rarely discussed or even brought up. Lately, players and coaches have tried to change the conversation, but having fictionalized stories like this will only help.

I give Stokes major props for writing about such an underrepresented topic. I just can’t wait to read this book already!

Have you read Girl Against The Universe?


9 thoughts on “Shelf Control #15

  1. Oooh, Girl Against The Universe sounds amazing! There really is a lot less rep for women in sports in YA – and it’s especially exciting that the MC plays tennis because I also used to!

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  2. This sounds so good! I like how the author and publishers have marketed it as a more contemporary read rather than a simple sports story. It will probably gain more traction this way and be more accessible to readers of all kinds, with a sprinkle of good messages and the spreading of awareness in there too, which is super important. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oh god this seems so amazing????? SPORTS??? FEMALE MC WHO DOES SPORTS???? and mental health c: c:
    this seems so amazing i’m adding to my tbr, i’ve wanted a ya/na sports + drama book since Foxhole Court,,,i miss it sm. NEILLLL & ANDREEWW

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