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You're Welcome, Universe

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You're Welcome, Universe

YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE follows Julia, a deaf Indian teen who is expelled from the Kingston School for the Deaf, when she finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the school and covers to up with a graffiti mural to protect her friend’s reputation.

Julia already felt out of place in a school filled with kids just like her, but she begins to feel like a fish out of water, when the only option left is a hearing school. Julia refuses to give up graffiting, but when someone begins to cover up her tags, Julia must risk arrest to claim her turf.

First, I just want to say that I still recommend this book even if I didn’t LOVE it. I believe that 100% of my feelings towards this book are based on my personal preference. I absolutely can see why people love this book so much.

"The thing I loved SO much about this book is the diversity....I ABSOLUTELY recommend YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE..."

The thing I loved SO much about this book is the diversity. Our main character, Julia, is deaf and Indian, her best friend is fat, and Julia has two moms who are also deaf. As far as I know, the author doesn’t identify with any of these identities, which can be….messy sometimes, but I think that she handled it all beautifully. She never made anyone seem like a burden, she never downplayed them and she didn’t make their marginalization of themselves the only thing about them. Sadly, this is pretty much all of the things that worked for me.

The first thing that didn’t work for me was Julia. In my opinion, she came off incredibly bratty and annoying. I get the whole unlikable character thing, but for me, it was painted on too strongly, and there just wasn’t enough development in the end for me to be completely sold on her.

I also felt like this book was a bit too sluggish. Of course a contemporary isn’t going to be super action-packed and thrilling, but it just seemed like not much of anything happened in these 297 pages, which led to me not being very excited to pick it up between breaks.

In conclusion, I ABSOLUTELY recommend YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE. I’m just somebody who isn’t a fan of unlikable characters, and I prefer more gripping stories. If these characteristics don’t fit your reading tastes, I would highly recommend that you pick this up.

Reviewed by Dylan C., Teen Board Member on April 9, 2018

You're Welcome, Universe
by Whitney Gardner

  • Publication Date: March 6, 2018
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN-10: 0399551441
  • ISBN-13: 9780399551444