#52 - You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner

This is a masterpiece! Seriously, this book deserves so much more! I want everyone to read it.


I don’t remember when or why I bought this book, maybe there was a discount or something. I had heard great things about it but did not know more that than. I decided to pick it up last month expecting a fun contemporary read.


Fun, it was. But it was also so much more than that! The main character is totally amazing, and I liked every aspect of her personality. Seriously, she is the best.

The main character, Julia, is going to the Kingston School for the Deaf but she gets expelled and has to go to a “mainstream” school. Julia is amazing because she is an independent teenage girl, but she can also be vulnerable sometimes.  She will meet new people and experiences new things at this school, and of course she will have some bad experiences to.


The story is an ordinary one, the only difference is that Julia has a disability. And I LOVED how it was introduced in this story. I don’t know how to explain but even if you knew Julia is Deaf, it is not what you noticed at first about her. I even sometimes forgot. And I think it’s great because it could help a lot of people realized that people with disabilities are just like us and that their lives is not so different. They don’t need help all the time, they don’t need pity most of all and they just need to be treated like everyone. I think it was shown perfectly in this book.


I fell in love with Julia and her (diverse) family. I loved that her family is so diverse, but it does not feel forced. Sometimes I have the impression that authors try to include diverse characters but just to include them, if you know what I mean. I thought that Julia family was so great!


It is a coming of age story about a young girl who does not totally fit into society because of what other people think of her. And it was beautiful. Everybody should read this book!