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You're Welcome, Universe
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You're Welcome, Universe


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.

Title:You're Welcome, Universe
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:297 pages
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    You're Welcome, Universe Reviews

  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    Feb 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 portr...

  • Emily May
    Apr 10, 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...

  • Cait ? A Page with a View
    Mar 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 ...

  • Ariel
    Mar 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 worl...

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Mar 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 t...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Feb 10, 2017


  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Feb 09, 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...

  • Anna Priemaza
    Mar 17, 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 t...

  • Danielle
    Jul 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 ...

  • Cale Dietrich
    Nov 21, 2015

    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 gritt...