You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Waiting on Wednesday

May 25, 2016 / 4 Comments / Book Memes, Waiting on Wednesday

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Waiting on WednesdayYou're Welcome, Universe

Author: Whitney Gardner
Find the author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram
Publisher: Knopf
Publication date: March 7th 2017

Friends are a liability.

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.

Sometimes I find out about books on my own. Sometimes I get recs. But most often, I add books to my TBR based on WoW picks and posts like this one by my friend Jen from Pop! Goes the Reader:

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Not only is this an incredibly unique story about a graffiti artist, but it also has elements of friendship, of diversity and inclusion, and hot damn, it’s an illustrated YA. The author, Whitney Gardner, even did some of the cover art herself!

This promises to be one of the most groundbreaking books I’ll pick up in 2017 (thank you, Jen, for putting it on my radar!).

Are you adding YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE to your TBR? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know and I’ll stop by!
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

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4 responses to “You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Waiting on Wednesday

  1. Oh wow, I didn’t know all of this info about the book! An illustrated YA book? So cool!
    I’ve been seeing this cover a lot these past few days and now that I know what it’s about, I get all the hype! I have a friend who’s deaf and I’m very interested in reading this book to 1: see if the author did a great job creating a deaf character and 2: try to understand a bit more what my friend goes through every day.
    It’s nice to see some new minorities being explored in books. I love books dealing with mental illness and/or sexual orientation, but there are other differences that have yet to be talked about!

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