Friday, May 5, 2017

Review:You're Welcome,Universe

Title: You're Welcome,Universe
Author:Whitney Gardner
Publisher: Knopf

 A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Deaf culture. Graffiti artists. Words and artwork combining to tell the story. Sounds like this books has it all right...Well it does and it doesn't. I wanted to like this book I really did, but honestly it wasn't for me.Which is a shame because not to long ago this book was featured on a W.O.W  post of mine.

The characters were okay characters, the type that you'll forget within a month or two.It took a lot for me to like Julia she wasn't very likable... like at all.The story had a lot going for it but I felt like the characters were flat. One of the few things that I do really enjoy about this book is the emphasis on friendship. The main thing about Julia's story besides art/graffiti is the message that good friends ship ACTUAL good friendship is a wonderful thing. I like how this book doesn't have romance, just a great relationship dynamic between Julia and her new friend, Yoga Pants.

I stand by what I said in my W.O.W about the cover of You're Welcome,Universe,it is absolutly gorgeous love all the vibrant colors and the fact that there is a POC on the cover sadly that's not something you see all that often.You're Welcome,Universe wasn't really my cup of tea even though I had high hopes for the book.Despite the fact that I wasn't all for You're Welcome,Universe  I do think it has it's merits. 2/5

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