The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I
"[Mackler's] 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 . . . Much to discuss here in the age of #metoo." --Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author
From Carolyn Mackler, author of the Printz Honor-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, comes a story of what happens when the "happily ever after" turns out to be less than perfect.
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.
Praise for The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I:
“[Mackler’s] 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… Much to discuss here in the age of #metoo.”
— Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times bestselling author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
“My love for Virginia Shreves continues to expand. This story takes on complex, real-life issues with unflinching honesty, while giving me all the feels you’d expect from Carolyn Mackler. This is a must-read!”
— Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Better Off Friends
“Fans new and old will enjoy watching Virginia’s journey towards self-acceptance in this well-timed, thoroughly enjoyable sequel.”
“A thoughtful and engaging read.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Well-written humor and fizzy romance”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Virginia…continues to be a well-rounded and maturing protagonist… A welcome read for those who loved the first book, but also strong and enjoyable enough to stand alone.”
— School Library Journal
“The deft interweaving of romance and family drama makes this effective for fans of both genres, and the novel will satisfy both established fans of Virginia and newcomers.”