Book Looks: You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner

Title: You’re Welcome, Universe (2017)
Author: Whitney Gardner
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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.

Read an excerpt…

Six stencils in and it’s gone. Okay, the tag vanished by Stencil Number Two, but I have a point to prove. I’m not covering up your scribbled slur with just anything. I’m making art here. I’m creating. I’m on fire.

I’ve never thrown up such an intense piece—I was worried I wouldn’t be able to pull it off in time. My arm flies across the wall, pink paint striping across the last stencil. It looks like it’s going to work out. I chuckle to myself. This is what it’s all been for, the hours of paint-pen practice, filling up every inch of every sketchbook with tags and words and pictures. All my hard work has paid off, and it’s all up here on the wall.

I know I shouldn’t be tagging the school. I know that. But I wasn’t the first, and that mess had to go. Jordyn told the principal that someone tagged the gym, she had to. The vandal singled her out, and word gets around real quick at Kingston School for the Deaf. But three weeks went by, and “Jordyns a SLUT” was still there on the back of the gym for all to see. And good ole Principal Howard hadn’t done a damn thing.

Have you read this book yet? 💗✨

32 thoughts on “Book Looks: You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner

  1. This sounds like a really interesting read. Nothing like I’ve ever read before! I’ll definitely have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing, Reg 🙂


  2. Love this look, Reg. It’s super cute. Especially those shorts.
    I read the book over the weekend, and really adored it. It’s a great book about friendship with no romance!


  3. This is an amazing outfit Reg, basically I was thinking, ‘Yes, I really want to own that’ as I saw each piece. It kind of makes me think of Summer which is right around to corner now (it’s actually getting warmer and I am so excited about not needing a winter coat anymore)
    Also I love the sound of this book too. It’s been on my to-read list for a while but from the reviews I’ve seen it’s just as amazing as it sounds. Do you plan to pick it up soon, if you haven’t already? 🙂


    • Thanks, Beth! It’s summer where I am too… though from now on it’s probably gonna be summer all the time, haha.

      I have read it, actually! I think it has flaws, but I enjoyed it quite a bit – the protagonist definitely grew a lot and the focus on friendship was lovely. I hope you like it!

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      • It feels closer to summer every day over here. I ate outside for the first time this year. Granted I had to leave my jacket on but it counts! 🙂
        Oh that’s great to hear. I’ve seen some positive reviews for it so far so I may have to see if I can move it up my to-read list! 😀


  4. Love it! I’ve seen some really wonderful reviews for this book. The book reminds me of an American TV show that used to be on called “Switched at Birth.” I think it was/is on Netflix… It has many of the same elements as this book.


    • Thanks! And yeah, now that I’ve read it, I can see why it’s got quite a lot of glowing reviews. Though it has flaws it’s definitely worth a read. 🙂

      I’ve actually heard about Switched at Birth too but I haven’t watched it! I think someone else has mentioned the similarity, so I’m kind of intrigued now.

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  5. This book has been on my TBR for so long, I’m going to ask for it for my upcoming birthday hehe 🙂 . I’m new to your blog and I LOVE it! This entire look is like exactly my style, I could wear that forever! I can’t wait to read this book, and I adore your Book Looks!


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