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Little Universes

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  29 reviews
One wave: thats 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
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Henry, Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Sep 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
this sounds like perfection.

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Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dont 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. ...more
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◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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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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Sahil Javed
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
heather demetrios could write a book about a potato and i'd still read it.
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. Theres 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 are
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
☀ya contemporary
☀explores the bond between sisters
☀must be super emotional
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
Sep 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds like teardrops on pages...
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gutted. Thats 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 dont 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
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family, dark
Maybe it was the distraction of airplane reading because I wasn't following what was happening and it ruined the enjoyment and understanding of the book.

I'm a fan of Demetrios' other book, so I was excited to grab this ARC, but like AS King's most recent novel, there was a lot of patience required to develop the opening and dive into the heavy stuff and I didn't have that kind of patience. So while my review and rating is solely based on my difficulty in getting "in to" the novel, I don't
Jan 16, 2020 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
I got this ARC at YALLFEST 2019. Thank you to the publisher for the arc.

First off, this story is intense. Hence the reason I am sticking warnings at the very beginning of my review here.

WARNINGS: addiction, suicide, death, abortion, rape and a whole host of other things. Those are the main ones though.

This book was very good -- I feel that there was a lot going on in this book, however. There was nothing lighthearted about it. It was supremely dark, and there is very little light or hope in this
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.
Kerry Beth
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this novel from a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you, Goodreads!

A deep story about loss, grief, who we are at our core and how we connect with others, Little Universes follows the story of two very different sisters of the same age. One is adopted, one not. One a genius nerd who doesnt connect well with humans, but does well at school. One connects with others, believes in the metaphysical and feels and responds deeply, often burying her feelings in pills. At the beginning of the
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mae and Hannah lose their parents in a tragedy. In the aftermath, they must move across the country to live with relatives uprooting their lives even further. Mae, who is adopted and focused on becoming an astronaut, faces her grief with stoicism. Astronauts must be calm in a crisis. Hannah, a recovering drug addict, spirals into despair at the loss, the changes, and family secrets she discovers. As Hannah pushes everyone away, Mae struggles to hold on to the only family she's ever known. ...more
Vinny —.:* Artsy Draft
Thank you Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-2020, ya
Takes on a tremendous number of heavy issues (parental death, foster care/adoption, infidelity, and drug addiction just to name a few) and manages to handle them with grace and realism and hope. I appreciated how Mae and Hannah's different POVs gave the opportunity for seeing similar situations and interpreting them differently, but how they were both interesting and flawed in separate ways. I did bump a little on the odd dating convention at the head of Mae's chapters, and some of her dialogue ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Universes is a phenomenal book! It is a beautiful but heartbreaking portrayal of the human experience. It will make you question what it even means to be human.

With almost lyrical writing, Little Universes is a story that takes place over the span of a year after an unthinkable trauma happens to a family. The story is told in the alternating perspectives of two very different sisters as they try to find a way back to each other while also trying to figure out the universe and their own
Jacey Jo
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book doesnt brush the surface of addiction, loss & grief, love, abortion, or being cheated on for you. It takes you deep into the wave, as Hannah and Maes parents were taken from them, and allows you to live it with them and for that its an amazingly emotional book that brings to life two very different sisters and characters, but for me, I could see myself a little in both of them.
A mix of science and spirituality, standing by yourself and with those around you, Boston to LA, and a
Stephanie Brown
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tragic, beautiful, spiritual. I would use all of those words to describe this well written complex story about a pair of sisters navigating life and its challenges after their parents are killed while traveling abroad.
Mae and Hannah are both grieving. Mae has her whole life planned. Hannah is struggling to
Make it thru one day, she has no clue about the future. It cant tell you how heartbreaking and how eye opening this book is. I loved it. I couldnt put it down.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was like magic to me. The connection of spirituality and science weaves into the text read like magic on the pages. The metaphors involving life and science were my favorite part.

The universe is science but the universe is also a being. This book embodies both ideologies perfectly.

Ill be looking for Orions Belt to guide me home. Always.
Maggie Hinton
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my heart. I dont normal read YA Fiction, but this was beautiful. It portrayed the relationship between two sisters and the struggles they go through as they adjust to becoming orphans and moving to a new city while dealing with addiction and fear and codependency. As a sister, this story moved me. I loved it ❤ ...more
Carol Dass
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-read
A powerful and compelling story about two sisters and their relationship. The sisters were devastated at the sudden , unexpected loss of their parents. We learn how they deal with their grief and how they will manage their relationship.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
Beautifully written YA book about sisterhood, grief, astrophysics, geophysics, first love, opioid addiction, and the complicated way we each manage loss and memory.
Kendall Daley
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a goodreads winner and I usually do not read books of this genre but I felt it was very moving! Def a good read, also did not take me long to read!
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Real rating: 4.5 stars
Little Universes tells the story of two sisters on the brink of adulthood who unexpectedly lose both parents. The story is told in first-person dual perspectives that alternate between Mae, an astrophysics-obsessed brainiac, and her free-spirited sister, Hannah.

I found the book to be highly engrossing, as it deals with tough issues like Hannahs opioid addiction and Maes insecurities about being adopted. Both sisters stories drew me in and pushed me to think more about life. Heather Demetrios
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC through Netgalley for an honest review. I loved the stories of a family fighting for each other but I thought there were moments that were a little heavy handed.
Wendy E
rated it it was amazing
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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, Ill Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite ...more

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