Standalone Sunday: You’re Welcome, Universe


This unique YA Contemporary sounds so refreshing. Whitney Gardner’s book, You’re Welcome, Universe, is about a teenage girl who uses art as a way of expressing herself, and now that she’s at a new school she’s discovered she’s not the only one.

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!

You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

universeWhen 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.


Wine Pairing


The blend of flavors found in this Vendange Sweet Pink Moscato is artfully reminiscent of the colors used to paint the pictures in You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner. Layers of raspberry and blueberry show off the sweet peach and muscat undertones of this wine to help contrast the unique themes found in this fresh YA Contemporary.

Will this be added to your TBR pile? 

11 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved this book! Perfect wine pairing Krysti!

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    1. SarahYAandWine says:

      Awe!! I still need to read it but it sounds like a fun one!!

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  2. This book is brilliant and the best I have ever read in terms of Deaf representation! It is worth the read, not just for the good story but for the awareness it promotes! 😀✨

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    1. SarahYAandWine says:

      Awe! That is awesome! I definitely want to read it. I love books that bring awareness to topics that need to be highlighted. That’s why I love book.s!!

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  3. itsareaderslife says:

    This sounds like such a fun read! I’ll be adding it to my TBR

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  4. I’ve heard some really good things about this book, and with that gorgeous wine pairing, I’m totally going to have to check it out sooner rather than later. Wonderful post! 😀

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    1. SarahYAandWine says:

      Awe! Thank you! It does sound like a really good one. I love me some pink wines too!

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  5. I loved this book way more than I expected to! The characters were so realistic and relatable. And now I want wine lol

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    1. SarahYAandWine says:

      Awe! Fun!! I always want wine! Books make me want wine 😉

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