“Mackler weaves friendship, family, disability, and race into a story which feels genuine, engaging, and never didactic.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“A quality, truthful portrayal of the general challenges that come with different experiences of the world, whether personal or familial.”
— Kirkus, starred review
Available July 30, 2019
From award-winning author Carolyn Mackler, the story of Willa, who has been living with Sensory Processing Disorder and is thrown for a BIG loop when her dad announces he's dating Willa's best friend's mom.
Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't have irritating tags on the inside. She loves the crunch of popcorn and nachos . . . but is grossed out by the crunch of a baby carrot. And slimy foods? Those are the worst.
Willa can manage all these things -- but there are some things she can't deal with, like her father's big news. He's been keeping a big secret from her . . . that he's been dating the mom of Willa's best friend Ruby. Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it!
The paperback edition of THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING AND SO AM I is available now!
“[Mackler's] teens feel lived in to me--smart, observant, but realistic. . . Much to discuss here in the age of #MeToo.” - Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author
It's been five months since sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves thought her life was finally back on course: she has come to terms with who she is both inside and out, and she's even started to rebuild her relationship with her older brother Byron, whose date-rape charge completely shattered everything.
But just as she's getting used to the new normal, Virginia's world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy Welsh the Fourth fade, her best friend Shannon bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron.
As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Sebastian, an artist with his own baggage. The pair make a pact not to share their personal dramas. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs have the potential to ruin everything.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler brings Virginia's story satisfyingly full circle in a hope-filled tale of forgiveness, love, friendship, and the beauty in life's imperfections.