You're Welcome, Universe

You're Welcome, Universe

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399551413
Branch Call Number: Y GAR
Characteristics: 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jul 15, 2020

I liked how the author made the character come to life and how it made me feel like I was Julia which helped me understand the character better. I also like how they made the character relatable to other teens and i think many others could see and feel some of the issues that Julia had and it made me relate a lot to the character. But on the other hand, i didn't like how the author wrote so many problems to the character, and i feel like it was unfair for Julia to go through so much and it got tiring after hearing about the problems. But overall, it was a good book and would highly recommend it to teens who are into art and who are introverts.

May 18, 2019

This was a great take on the world of a handicapped person!
Julia in herself was a great and interesting person, who wasn’t just limited to being “The Deaf Character” and was well fleshed out! At first she seemed a little sharp and harsh, but eventually she came around and befriended someone she thought she hated!
The usage of sign language in this story was really great to read and honestly very helpful to understand how to write ASL in books! Throughout the story the reader is able to ease into what sign language it like! Not to mention the story includes multitudes of what it’s like in public as a deaf person. From rudeness to misunderstandings, the world is terribly cruel as always.
Another little cherry on the ice cream, was the brief inclusion of the fact that Julia has two moms! It wasn’t something that was stretched out, it was something that was said and that’s it. That’s how you include diverse characters. They’re just other characters, don’t make a big deal out of it!
This is certainly something I’d recommend to people for a little sight in what it’s like for others who aren’t like you.

Aug 03, 2018

After Julia Prasad gets expelled from her school for the deaf for covering up a slur about her best friend with graffiti, Julia must change schools. Julia, who is deaf must now go to a regular school. Julia’s parents tell her that she isn’t allowed to draw or do any art related things in her free time. So she disobeys her parents and graffitied a building with her original tag name “HERE”, then when she comes back the next day, her artwork has been ruined. After the same thing happens a few more times, Julia knows that this means war. Can Julia show the other artist that her art is better without getting caught? This book was really good! It taught me more about deaf culture and how it would feel if you were deaf. I think that everyone should read this book. I recommend this book to anyone ages thirteen and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
@readit12 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 16, 2018

I don't often read books but i could definitely relate to this vibrant character. the relationship between both yoga pants and the main character(forgot her name) was interesting and made me think of different views. What i really enjoyed about this book was the character development of a teens view. I cant say its my favorite book though.

Oct 25, 2017

Found the graffitti world mildy interesting. But wasn't enthralled with the story.

Jun 11, 2017

I loved every page of this book! Funny, relatable, real, unpredictable. Loved the characters and conflicts, loved the art, loved the solutions to describing visual language ASL; liked the realistic pace at which YP learns ASL; loved how Deaf culture was featured.

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Jul 15, 2020

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May 18, 2019

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Jul 15, 2020

Julia is a deaf 16 year old girl who had gotten kicked out of her high school for defending her friend by spray painting a mural on the school property. Her friend was the one who ratted her out and now Julia has to restart at a new school and hide her identity. She meets a nice girl who becomes her friend throughout the story and accepts her. Julia works at McDonalds to get money for paint supplies. Julia would go out at night to paint on walls and someone kept painting over her work and she had to stop them. Julia had planned for months trying to figure out who the person who was painting over her work was and it was someone no one thought it was.


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