Virginia Shreves’ world implodes again in this long-awaited follow-up to Printz Honoree The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.But just as she adjusts to her neVirginia Shreves’ world implodes again in this long-awaited follow-up to Printz Honoree The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.But just as she adjusts to her new normal, her world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy fade, her best friend bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron. As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Nate, an artist with his own baggage. The pair vow not to share personal drama. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs could ruin everything.Just in time for The Earth, My Butt, and Other BIg Round Things’ 15th anniversary, Virginia’s hope-filled story of love, friendship, and the beauty in imperfection continues, by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler....
|Title||:||The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I Reviews
Carolyn Mackler is one of my oldest writer friends and I love the way she sees the world. Her teens feel lived in to me—smart, observant, but realistic in terms of their insecurities and limitations. I particularly appreciate the candid and non-judgmental way she depicts teen sensuality and female desire. The Universe is Expanding and So Am I is a gentle, character-driven YA novel, but not one that lacks passion, humor, or ideas. Much to discuss here in the age of #metoo.I lived on the UWS of Manhattan for many years, and her depiction of the neighborhood is spot on. Makes me want to go to the Hungarian Pastry Shop. How I long for an Absolute Bagel!The Universe is Expanding and So Am I is the sequel to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, but you don't need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. I had not read The Earth, My Butt... for thirteen years, but I felt completely at home in this story and in this world.
Virginia has always been curvy, and her feelings about her body have long been complicated. Her family’s attitudes toward her weight haven’t helped. She was thrilled to find a boyfriend (see The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things), but now she’s not sure she even likes the guy all that much. If she breaks up with him, will she ever be part of a couple again? Then, family drama breaks out, not to mention friend drama, summer employment, and the dreaded driving test.I read The Earth, My Butt... back in library school (how is that even 10+ years ago already?), and this book picks up right where that one left off. I’d be interested to see how that works when reading the two books together, since this one name-checks stuff like Minecraft and Hamilton, placing it pretty definitely in the present. On the other hand, I have only the vaguest memories of the earlier book and had no problem following this one, so it works just fine as a stand-alone. I read this all in one evening, so obviously I liked it a lot. Great characters, interesting conflicts, good pacing — if realistic YA is your thing, this one’s worth reading.
this book was so good!! I haven't read the first book yet, but this book stands fine on its own. good things:: plot, inner thoughts, message for readers portrayed throughout the book, good pace. would definitely recommend.
Virginia is back and better than ever! Okay actually things are worse than ever for Virginia, but she handles them with her usual realness and pluck and determination. This book deals with such important issues in such a crucial and nuanced way. And even though things may be tough for Virginia at home, she is finding herself and her voice (and maybe even love #TeamSebastian) more than ever!
So excellent -as good as the first and picks up right where we left off! I love how Virginia keeps growing as a person and realizing she is great in a very organic way. I also love how she starts challenging her family more and owns herself and her decisions while also taking new risks. Bravo!!
Review book so no comment other than a big smile and that I can't believe I don't have a copy of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. I know I used to have one.