The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler

August 8, 2018

Just as Virginia is starting to get her life back together after her brother’s date-rape charge, her world is shattered once again. She doesn’t love her boyfriend – but how can a “fat girl” break up with a popular boy? On top of her romantic concerns, her brother is once again in trouble as his case takes an unexpected turn that the family didn’t see coming.

[Trigger warning: sexual assault is a big topic in this book]

The story continues from the first installment The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things where Virginia (the MC) has to deal with the fact that her brother is accused of sexually assaulting a girl from his college. Six months later, her family is still not able to move on from this “ordeal” as the aftermath leave them struggling.

Virginia is a curvy teenage girl who deals with low self-esteem. She is confused about her romantic life, can’t figure out how to feel about her brother and meanwhile her parents are obsessed with portraying the perfect family. Her mother in particular does more than hint at her disapproval of Virginia’s size. In the middle of all this chaos, Virginia meets Sebastian – a guy she can’t forget, but also one she should not get involved with.

I flew through this book in no time, taking my eReader with me everywhere. It was a lot deeper than I thought it would be and the plot was really interesting. You can easily pick up this book without having read the first installment, but if you want to understand all the references, I would recommend picking up The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things first. I really enjoyed this story and unless you are uncomfortable reading books where sexual assault occurs, I highly recommend this book!

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the early review copy!
Publication date: 6th of September 2018 (paperback edition)

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