Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Universe is expanding and So am I by Carolyn Mackler

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 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.

I just want to start off quickly by saying that I was not aware that this book is a follow up until I finished reading it. I must have missed that bit of the blurb however I completely enjoyed this book on its own so I think it does just as well as a stand alone. I didn't feel at all like I was missing anything and the story made complete sense. 

I liked the body positivity that is a Struggle for Virginia through out this book because it manages to make you feel like you should love yourself and any curves or lumps or bumps you have but it doesn't speak negatively of  people who do not have any curves. That is something that I hate about the body positive movement that is everywhere at the moment. You shouldn't have to hate somebody else to love yourself and I think this story has found the right balance. 

I like that Virginia isn't just a super confident  sexy curvy girl but that she has the same moments of doubting herself that we all have (and we all have them big or skinny).  I think it helped me relate to her because like I said we all have those moments. 

The story is so relevant to current society and how we are all learning to embrace peoples differences and how sometimes that is a little harder for some people. For example Virginia's mum struggled a little when Anais came back from London with a girlfriend. It was unexpected and clearly a shock but the book showed how some family members accepted this straight away without a blink but it took Virginia's mum a second. The best thing is the "Love is Love is Love" line. I think it just says everything. 

I felt sad for Byron and Annie, we obviously dont know for sure what happened that night but I found myself hating him and then feeling extremely sad for him. It just shows how one mistake can affect the rest of your life. 

I think we have a lot to learn from this story and it wouldnt be bad if we all learnt to be a little more accepting of each other. 

Thank You NetGalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my review. I Feel enlightened. 

Thanks For Reading


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