You're Welcome, Universe

“You're Welcome, Universe” started out really well. I really loved how the main character stood up for her friend when it came to a slur. The school was in no hurry to stand up and do anything. I think we all strive to have a friend like that. But around page 100 it fell kind of flat for me. The author did portray the character correctly and you can see just how much research she did to portray a deaf character right.

Character: Julia was great to start but there was one thing she did that is a total spoiler, so I won’t say much. Just that it really just made me hate her. Which really ruined the story for me. I wanted to hop in the book and slap her.

Story: I wish it wouldn’t have been bogged down with all the art things. I love art, don’t get me wrong, but it was a little much and started to sound like I was in school to learn what to do.

Book Blurb for You're Welcome, Universe

A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens 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.


Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 3.50