Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dear Universe By: Florence Gonsalves

Dear Universe
Author: Florence Gonsalves
Publisher: Little Brown For Young Readers
Published: May 2020
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 3.5/5
Dear Universe,
Sorry for interrupting you with my presence, but I'm wondering if you could have my back for once. I recently had a massive chin zit and a period stain you could see from space and my boyfriend kissed someone else and also my dad is dying faster than usual. If you could show up during my last English class so I can graduate and like achieve my potential or something, I'd appreciate it.

It's senior year, and Chamomile Myles has whiplash from traveling between her two universes: school (the relentless countdown to prom, torturous college applications, and the mindless march toward an uncertain future) and home, where she wrestles a slow, bitter battle with her father's terminal illness. Enter Brendan, a man-bun- and tutu-wearing hospital volunteer with a penchant for absurdity, who strides boldly between her worlds—and helps her open up a new road between them.

First, I would like to thank Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

So this was definitely a sweet YA with a touch of heaviness in my opinion. I really do wish there was more talk about her father, especially after prom. I felt like there could've been more "oomph" if you will, to make the story next level if that makes sense.

However, I really love the relationship that Chamomile has with her friends, but I loved Brendan even more. I feel like he was the exact thing that she needed in her life, and I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two of them!

Personally for me, I found her mother to be way too much in denial over her father's illness throughout the book, and I really think that had been playing into Chamomile's head as well until things came out more, and reality finally sunk in... Honestly there were moments that I was like...what?!

I really wanted to love this story, because there really is a good story within the pages, but I felt like moments were a bit too rushed, and there could've been a bit more happening with her father to get more of a connection.

Overall, this was a good book, but I just felt like there were things missing for me to really LOVE it. It was definitely a heavy book, as it deals with real issues, and I know that there were light-hearted moments, but something was just not there.

That's all for my review, I hope you enjoyed it. Honestly go check this book out, because you may end up enjoying it more than I did!

So until the next time, Keep Reading!
Your Graduated Bookworm!! :)

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