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Little Universes

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  144 reviews
One wave: that’s all it takes for the rest of Mae and Hannah Winters’ lives to change.

When a tsunami strikes the island where their parents are vacationing, it soon becomes clear that their mom and dad are never coming home. Forced to move to Boston from sunny California for the rest of their senior year, each girl struggles with secrets their parents’ death has brought to
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Henry, Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book pulls on so many feels I can’t even!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 14, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ page 95: I really, really tried to read this book but if I'm being honest- it is just way too fucking sad for me. If you're interested in reading this one, I would advise you to tread with caution and search out a full list of triggers (as mine only covers the first 100 pgs).

TW: tsunamis, death of a parent, addiction, abortion, breaking sobriety, underage drinking/drug use (on page), depression, child neglect, adultery
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I ever expected this book to surprise me, but it did. The entire experience was incredibly moving, and made me really think a lot about my own life and belief and relationships, and I really found it to be well-written too.
Claude's Bookzone
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
CW: (view spoiler)

Well that was relentlessly sad and heavy.

I would recommend looking at the content warnings before reading this. A sense of hopelessness bleeds through nearly every page for the majority of the book. To be honest, I think it could have done with an edit to reduce the length as there were a few times
Amy Imogene Reads
I don't think i'll be writing a review for this one. It was a very emotional read.


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Sahil Javed
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
heather demetrios could write a book about a potato and i'd still read it. ...more
rachel ☾
◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Heather Demetrios and it was really good. There are some serious topics they talked about and those are: Death of a parent, drugs/acholol abuse, strong use of cussing if u don't like that.... ...more
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
I was sent this book for review by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

TW: Opioid Addiction, Overdose, Abortion, Cheating, Depression, Suicide Attempt, Loss of parents, death, grief
Rep: adopted mc, POC side character
Sisters, Mae and Hannah unexpectedly lose their parents to a tsunami in Malaysia and are pulled from their sunny life in California, forced to move to Boston to live with their mother's sister, Nora, Uncle Tony and their cousin, Nate who is studying at MIT. Hannah is battli
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: abortion, addiction, grief, rape, consent, death.

This was such an amazing read but be aware: it was one of the heaviest books I have encountered.

This story focuses on two sisters, their identities and their relationship with one another. I feared for a second that it would end up being about the boys they got involved with but that ended up just being a part of their lives, and not even one of the biggest.

When this book starts it almost feels like it is being written in two com
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
(4.5 stars!)

This book...if you have siblings, you’ll want to read this one especially! Well-developed characters, fascinating plot line, girls in STEM. This book is perfection! Definitely a must-read YA book
“I will live on one of those stars. I will laugh on one of them. And when you look up in the sky, it will seem to you that all the stars are laughing. Only you will have the stars that can laugh.”
--Heather Demetrios, Little Universes

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios was a bit of a sob-fest for me. There’s an abundance of sadness in this story but also an equal amount of joy. The power of sisterhood is explored in grief, addiction and mental illness but along with this are the wonders that a
Jeannine Allison
This book held NOTHING back. It attacked and attacked and attacked. I was ugly crying for about half of it. But I regret nothing, because it was SO. DAMN. BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely loved the juxtaposition of Mae and Hannah - the author did an amazing job and I won't be forgetting this book anytime soon. It's a definite must-read if you're a fan of YA and don't mind a snot-dripping-head-pounding-soul-aching cry fest. ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Sep 09, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
If I could marry this cover, I would.

Thank you Macmillan and Henry Holt and Co. for the ARC.

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Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-s-books
so things can be really sad
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. In 2014 I won a giveaway for a book by Heather Demetrios called I'll Meet You There. I was familiar with her work because I had already read her debut, Something Real, and had fallen on love but I'll Meet You There was something else entirely for me. I loved that book with every fiber of my being and I
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gutted. That’s how I described my condition to my sister when I texted her to tell her how much I love her and how grateful for her I always feel. Gutted.

This book. For. The. LOVE. I don’t cry/sob/snot during books like that! I mean, sometimes I will cry at the end or, on occasion, once or twice during a book. But I was a wreck almost continually during this book!!! A complete and utter wreck. Especially the second half. And it is not a short little jaunt if a book. It is a journey. An arduous
I don’t know how to rate this!! So three stars. This was HEAVY and you should 100% go read the description and then come and say, “You didn’t see that coming???” But I guess I wasn’t prepared for the WEIGHT of it. (This might be a compliment as well. It SHOULD be heavy.)

Anyway, it was a good book, I think, but it was a lot.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, april-2020
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Well, I just got done reading this and sitting in a long-cold bubble bath sobbing my face off. Because it is that good. I highlighted giant chunks of the thing because both the writing and the messages were just so damned beautiful.

Sisters Mae and Hannah have just lost their parents in a horrific tsunami, and have absolutely no idea how to move forward. Because who would, honestly? Mae i
Lindsay Montague
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This wrecked me. I stayed up until 2:30am to finish then woke up with a puffy face and a crying hangover. Not only was this a gripping story and incredibly heartbreaking, this was beautifully written. One sister is pushing everyone away, while the other is trying to hold on as tight as she can.

There was such a distinct difference in tone and style between Mae and Hannah that made easy to switch between the two perspectives,  Mae looks at every situation as a math or scientific problem to solve.
The Clever Reader
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes you find your way back home. You need to surrender the person you no longer are so that you can step into the person you’re supposed to become” - Little Universes

This book was so beautiful. It tackles grief, addiction, family dynamics, love, and friendship. Two sisters who feel so opposite from one another have no idea just how similar they are. You will feel so much while reading this so don’t be surprised if you cry...more than once.

The writing is gorgeous and you’ll find many man
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
☀️ya contemporary
☀️explores the bond between sisters
☀️must be super emotional
Heavenly  Rose
The author is a genius and this book is beyond gorgeous. I loved both Hannah and Mae, but I related to Hannah more. Seeing the world from Hannah's perspective was like being inside my own brain, and I'm so glad the author gave her a second chance at life because that gave me hope that people like Hannah and me could have second chances at life after all, and that against all odds there really is hope. ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart-stinging story about grief, addiction, and finding your place in the universe. Demetrios's writing is quite simply stunning in this evocative and poignant novel about two sisters who are forced to cope with the tragic death of both of their parents while also trying to discover what they truly want from life and attempting not to lose each other in the process.

This is the perfect book to buddy read with a sister or friend.
T. Rosado
Oct 31, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020

DNF 71%

My fault. I should have stopped back at 35% when my Spidey-senses started tingling.

Loved Hannah. She was written beautifully and with vivid realism.

Mae drove me batty and then to absolute frustration. Her character was the primary reason I stopped reading. I was constantly in her head and the author used her to explain the mundane, as well as patronizingly, every STEM-related element.

Mae was also highly judgmental. I knew I had to put the kibosh on this book when I didn't have a lick of e
Debbie Cordes
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so intense and deep but also so beautiful. It’s about death and drug use so it might not be for everyone. I really enjoyed it and cried multiple times
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That I spent all of the afternoon finishing this book is a testament to how gripping Heather Demetrios’ writing is. This is a powerful story that honors life (a grand statement, sure, but no less true!). And as a loyal fan of On Being and having just finished an incredible course on the philosophy of physics, I delightfully geeked out on the discussions of the universe and our existence within. Just SO GOOD. Content warning, for curious readers, is death and opioid addiction, topics handled with ...more
Shimin Mushsharat
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Little Universes
Heather Demetrios

Trigger warnings: death, addiction, abortion

I thought I couldn't write anything about this book but I feel like I HAVE to. So here we go. 'Bad Romance' is a book that's extremely near and dear to my heart. I needed that book. It helped me in so many ways I can't even begin to count. The author deals with a lot of heavy stuff in her books and she doesn't shy away from writing things exactly as they are. Even more so in 'Little Universes' than 'Bad Romance'.

Sep 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds like teardrops on pages...
Honestly, I'm sure this book is amazing and brilliant. But when the first few chapters are already dealing with death, addiction, abandonment, natural disasters, abortion, and a whole lot of darkness, I'm just not sure I can handle the whole book right now. I was excited because I've loved previous work by her but I think this one is just too heavy for me to deal with currently. I'll definitely be keeping it on my shelves to check out at a later time, when real life maybe isn't quite so dark its ...more
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Heather Demetrios is a critically acclaimed author, writing coach, and certified meditation teacher. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include Little Universes, I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Capt ...more

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