& Friday: Uppercase Box May

It’s another month, so you know what that means: more book subscription boxes!!

May's Uppercase Box, in all its orange-y glory!

May’s Uppercase Box, in all its orange-y glory!

This month’s Uppercase Box is very color themed – warm oranges and reds. This month’s book is Girl Against the Universe by Paula Love and here’s the description:

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought. From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

may5Woah. Very heavy-sounding. A lot of the praise for this book seems to come from its treatment of therapy and recovery and trauma. Apparently it handles all of this very well. The rest of the description sounds very teen romance-y. A blurb on the back of the novel writes that it’s one of the best “sports fiction” pieces in a long while. That part made me balk a little bit. I’m not a big sports person, nor do I typically reach for novels that deal a lot with the world of sports. But aside from that, is this a sports-heavy novel? Or is it very interior, dealing with the mentality of trauma and therapy? And then is it a super gooey romance? Is it all of the above?

Again, not something I would reach for on the shelf at my bookstore, but that is by no means a bad thing! Exposure to new books people find fascinating and great is the appeal of these subscription boxes.


That and all the book goodies. This month, it is a sticker and two bookmarks for Girl Against the Universe – one bookmark with the codes for extra content that come in each Uppercase Box, and another in Universe’s orange-tone, with blurbs raving about the book.

Also included are several cutely illustrated postcards emblazoned with “Welcome to paradise!” and featuring several fictional places from popular novels: the arena from The Hunger Games (although I don’t know anyone who would want to vacation there), the Shire from The Lord of the Rings, what I think is Hogwarts, and then the castle from Leigh Bardugo’s Girsha trilogy. There are several postcards and I was a little surprised that they were all the same print. I do have a couple of people I can send postcards to though…

And finally, a blend of tea from Fictionteas cleverly titled “Don QuixoTea,” as well as a Pride & Prejudice themed bookmark from Fictionteas as well. I am not a big tea drinker (I know! Books and tea so often go hand in hand!), but I have some bookworm friends that might enjoy a good, themed tea.

All in all, this box was a little different from ones past. Maybe it’s just that the book and tea weren’t to my personal tastes, which certainly isn’t to Uppercase Box’s fault! Or maybe I’m spoiled and the fact that there were less book goodies this month had me scratching my head.


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