Waiting on Wednesday: You’re Welcome, Universe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights those upcoming releases we’re anticipating

This week’s book is *drum roll*:


You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner – March 7th

This book has already been mentioned twice in my blog. It was part of the Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited About and then I chose it in the Mystery Blogger Award, when I was asked to select ONE upcoming release I wanted to read right now if I had the change. And why did I pick this one up?

You’re Welcome, Universe has a fantastic premise and a beautiful cover, but that’s not all. It’s a diverse 2017 release. It has graffiti, it includes deaf characters,intersectionality and deals with friendship. We get illustrations from the author. And look at that cover! Apart from it being so pretty, we have a WOC in it! The book is also being blurbed as a new voice “for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda“. What else do you need?

Here’s the official synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Have you heard about this book? Have you read it already? Will you, whenn it comes out next week?


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