3 Reasons To Read…The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues

3 Reasons to Read...The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week our selection is The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…

3 Reasons To Read…The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen RodriguesThe Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues
Published by Simon Pulse on 3/19/2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
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Told through the lens of a guy in love with the cosmos (and maybe two girls), The Universal Laws of Marco explores the complicated histories that bring us together and tear us apart.

In the summer before eighth grade, Marco Suarez kissed his best friend Sally Blake. This was his first spark.

And since then, whenever he’s thought about that moment, he’s traveled through a wormhole—of sorts—to relive those brief seconds when time sped up (or, rather, his view of time distorted) and he kissed her.

And then, at the end of that year, she disappeared, leaving in that way that people sometimes leave—alive and well and somewhere out there but gone, nonetheless. She never even said why.

And now in their senior year, Sally unexpectedly returns and Marco is shaken. Still, he holds tightly to his carefully choreographed life. A life that is full of reasons why first sparks don’t matter:

Reason 1: He has a girlfriend. Her name is Erika Richards.
Reason 2: He’s leaving on a full scholarship to college.
Reason 3: He’s busy with his tribe and making money to help support his family.

But as Marco navigates the final days of high school, he learns that leaving home is never easy and a first spark is hard to ignore.

  • 34 Pieces of You, the other book that we’ve read by Carmen Rodrigues, is nothing short of intense. And though it looks like we might get a tiny reprieve with The Universal Laws of Marco, it certainly promises to deliver compelling characters and a thoughtful storyline that intrigues us.
  • We’re suckers for dual POV, and this one has that, but in a different, very interesting way: told from Marco’s point of view in the past, in eighth grade, and the present, as a high school senior.

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  • Have you ever thought about what if? This book takes that thought and actually gives it to us…in so many (sometimes unexpected) ways. 💯

About Carmen Rodrigues

Carmen Rodrigues

Carmen Rodrigues is the author of 34 PIECES OF YOU and NOT ANYTHING. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodrigues

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