The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I

The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I

3.87 (1,244 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.87 (1,244 ratings by Goodreads)

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Six months have passed since sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreve decided to ignore the supposed "Fat Girl Code of Conduct" and make her relationship official with Froggy Welsh the Fourth. But as sophomore year comes to an end, she finds her life once again thrown into chaos--her relationship with Froggy is losing its spark, her mom just betrayed her to the meanest girl in school, her sister is coming home from the Peace Corps, and her feelings for her brother Byron remain . . . complicated ever since he got suspended from Columbia for date-rape.

Then the unthinkable happens--the police show up at their apartment and arrest Byron. As Virginia struggles to cope with everything, she meets Nate, a guy with his own baggage he doesn't want to talk about. They make a pact to spend time together without sharing any drama. But just as Virginia is starting to enjoy herself around Nate and figure out what she wants, a terrible secret is revealed that could ruin everything.

Fifteen years later, this sequel to Carolyn Mackler's highly acclaimed, Printz Honor-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things drops readers seamlessly back into Virginia's life and offers a compelling contemporary story of forgiveness and accepting that the beauty of life is in the imperfections.
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 35.56mm | 362.87g
  • Bloomsbury YA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1681195992
  • 9781681195995
  • 1,957,221

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Mackler writes with such insight and humor . . . that many readers will immediately identify. * Booklist on THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS * Mackler keeps all five story lines clear, absorbing, and integral to the larger story of friendship, perseverance, and hope. -- starred review * Publishers Weekly on INFINITE IN BETWEEN * Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. -- starred review * Kirkus Reviews on INFINITE IN BETWEEN * A wonderfully written peek into adolescence gushing with relatability. -- starred review * School Library Journal on INFINITE IN BETWEEN * The characters' insight, humor, and idiosyncrasies ring true. -- starred review * VOYA on INFINITE IN BETWEEN * A clever, timely story. -- starred review * Booklist on THE FUTURE OF US *
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About Carolyn Mackler

Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (a Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, as well as The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, and the middle grade novel Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
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1,244 ratings
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3 25% (311)
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