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The universe may have four forces, but the heart has one: love.

"If things didn't work out with Jake--either because he wasn't good enough for me, or I wasn't good enough for him--I'd have to give up on the idea of finding someone. Ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but at least through the end of high school, which felt like ever."

Cassie Vogler is convinced she'll spend her ...
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Universal Forces

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Overview

The universe may have four forces, but the heart has one: love.

"If things didn't work out with Jake--either because he wasn't good enough for me, or I wasn't good enough for him--I'd have to give up on the idea of finding someone. Ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but at least through the end of high school, which felt like ever."

Cassie Vogler is convinced she'll spend her junior year dateless until fellow bookworm, Jake Gunderson, moves to her windswept West Texas town. He's super hot, super smart...and super religious, something Cassie doesn't understand. From an early age, she was taught to reject the fairytales of faith, and Jake's extreme views are way over the top. But she's drawn in by the irresistible pull of his gravity and agrees to secretly tutor him in astronomy.

During these sessions, Cassie and Jake find a commonality--both have felt the sting of abuse--and this bonds the pair beyond initial breathless attraction. Yet the more their romance heats up, the more their parents drive a wedge between them. Their relationship takes a dangerous turn, however, when Cassie discovers the Gundersons' alarming plan for their son, Jake. Can she put a stop to it without dooming both families to a violent fate?

A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet for mature readers, ages 15 and up.
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Editorial Reviews

Big Al's Books & Pals - ? wazithinkin
"Logic and faith turn out to be a caustic combination for these two star-crossed lovers. ...a strangely dark thought provoking story." **Four stars**
Unorthodox Mama
"...things tied up nicely, not to mention somewhat surprisingly. I would recommend Universal Forces for anyone who likes romance and/or YA." **Four Stars**
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149455188
  • Publisher: Jumping Jackalope Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Monica Shaughnessy draws on her experience as a lifelong Texan by creating characters larger than the Lone Star State. Her works span multiple genres, including adult mystery/suspense, YA, middle grade, and picture book, but they all carry her signature offbeat style. If you're looking for something outside the mainstream, you'll find it in her work. When she's not slaying adverbs and polishing prose, she's either hanging out with her rescue dogs or stargazing in her backyard.
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