You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Into the Wild

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Julia learns this the hard way when she covers up a slur about her best friend with a beautiful (albeit illegal) mural, sprayed right across the gymnasium of the Kingston School for the Deaf.

Her (supposed) best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her mom’s 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.

Out in the ‘burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. A tag on a sign, a piece on an overpass. But soon Julia leans that she’s not 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 graffiti war.

Now Julia must risk arrest and expulsion to go toe to toe with her rival…or face losing the only piece of her identity that still makes sense.

Title : You're Welcome, Universe
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ISBN : 0399551417
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Hailey rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2017

*4.5 *I received an ARC for review from Chapters Indigo as I am an Indigo employee but this in no way affects or influences my opinion* This was such a beautiful story. I loved how thoughtfully it portrayed Deaf culture and really how overall diverse it was. A Deaf Indian MC with lesbian parents, l...

Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 11, 2017

I really struggled to finish this book. At less than 300-pages it should have been a breeze, but it took me so long to push through. One problem, perhaps, is that I chose the wrong kind of story for me. I like it when art is a subplot in a book - used for expressing oneself or for escapism - but I...

Cait • A Page with a View rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2017

My little sister is deaf and we've been waiting forever for an accurate portrayal of a deaf main character who gets to do more with her story besides just... be deaf. This book was so incredibly well done! Julia is a Deaf Indian teen with two moms who are also deaf. She's really into graffiti/str...

Ariel rated it ★★★☆☆

March 05, 2017

"Silence is the loudest sound." It's been a really long time since I've read a book that has, chapter after chapter, taught me so much about a world I knew so little about. Actually, make that two worlds. Julia is Deaf, and when her best friend rats her out for spraying graffiti in the school gym,...

Lola rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 15, 2017

The last YA book I read with illustrations inside was gorgeous little Everything, Everything, and that was almost two years ago, so I was surprised to find plenty of drawings to admire when I opened this new book. Sadly though, I do believe they weren’t exactly necessary. They don’t add to the sto...

Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it ★★★☆☆

February 17, 2017

3 stars This book started out strong and then midway through kind of fell off for me. It's about a deaf teenager named Julia who likes spray paint art. When there is a graffiti tag insulting her best friend she covers it up with her own art, and then gets expelled from her school for it. Now she...

Anna rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2016

I loved YOU'RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE! Deaf culture. Graffiti artists. Words and artwork combining to tell the story. Intersectionality. All of these things made me so so so excited to read this book, and they did not disappoint. I wanted them to be awesome, and that's exactly what they were. What made...

Danielle rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2016

Loved it! This book has a complex and completely compelling central character, and I loved spending time in her world. The artwork offers another fascinating layer to the story, almost as good as the lovingly detailed descriptions of the passion and preparation Julia puts into her work. At its he...

Cale rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2016

I loved this book! It has great characters, phenomenal voice, and it gets MAJOR points from me for being so diverse and intersectional. Basically, I had an absolute blast stepping into Julia’s gritty and paint-streaked world, and I’m sure other YA fans will feel the same way. Speaking of, Julia is...

Lizzy (Bent Bookworm) rated it ★★★★★

April 21, 2017

~*This review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm!*~ This book made me happy. Happy in the contented, yeeeeees this was good kind of way. I don’t read that many contemporaries (usually find them trite and boring), so I don’t think I’m easy to please – but this book. I pretty much clutched it to my...

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