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Worth the hype!
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
I bought this after it won at the ALA awards, and I am glad I did!
Heartwarming, Hello, Universe is populated with vividly imagined characters. Virgil, Valencia, the Tanaka sisters, and even the big bully, Chet, are wonderfully real and complex, and soon become friends (or enemies). Characters are also diverse, so students who might not normally see themselves in stories, can see themselves here.
The plot, in a manner similar to Louis Sachar's Holes, is perfectly twisted and interconnected so that the reader walks away agreeing that, "There are no coincidences."
It is perfect for upper elementary and middle schoolers, and grown-ups like me.