Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review – February 2015
Uppercase is a YA book subscription box from Lisa Parkin. Each month Uppercase sends you a new YA book, a related accessory, and exclusive content from the author of the chosen book. I love a good YA book, so I wanted to try this subscription out!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process postto learn more about how we review boxes).
The subscription is shipped in priority mail envelope, and inside it is packaged together in a thin canvas sleeve.
The Subscription Box: Uppercase
The Cost: $29 (If you want them to pick a book based on your tastes the cost is $35 each month)
The Products: “When you sign up for Uppercase, every month you’ll receive:
- 1 exciting new YA book
- 1 book accessory (funky items like bookmarks, posters, jewelry, totes, etc)
- A personal explanation of the choice + other similar titles
- Discount codes for popular book buying websites
- Exclusive content from the author of that month’s book”
Ships to: US and Canada (extra shipping costs for Canadian subscribers).
The subscription comes with a hand written letter explaining why the book was selected for this month.
Mini Collage Kit – Value ?
This is the “bookish” item for the month. In the letter, Lisa says it directly relates to the story, so I imagine I’ll understand it more once I read the book.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – Retail Value $18 (On Amazon for $13.96)
Here is the book synopsis from Amazon:
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
Before I get to the Verdict on this box, I wanted to share a few other things about this subscription that weren’t in the physical box.
On February 1st, I received this email from Uppercase box:
We’re writing to inform you that the book selected for the February Expert box contains mature content, including strong language and sexual situations.
If you would like a different book sent in place of the one described above, please reply to this email as soon as possible. An alternate book has been selected and will be sent in place of the first book.
If you’d like to still receive the original book selection, no further action is needed.
Let us know if you have any questions.Thank you,
I really like that they did this in case you are subscribing for an actual young adult (unlike myself!) and you may be concerned about content. It was a thoughtful proactive email, and I always appreciate that from subscription box companies!
Today (2/20) I received an email from Uppercase with an exclusive article written by Heather Demetrios just for subscribers. The article is entitled, “Heather Demetrios: What’s In A Name?: My Search For The Perfect Title.” I haven’t read the full article yet since I want to read the book first, but I glanced at it, and thought it was interesting to get an insight into all the different titles Heather considered for this book.
Also, there is a private Goodreads discussion group for subscribers.
Verdict: I’m really excited to read I’ll Meet You There, and judging by the reviews online it looks like Lisa picked a great book for February. I’m not sure about the value of this subscription – I love getting a curated selection in the mail each month, and the exclusive content is nice too. The bookish extra isn’t really for me, so that makes the personal value for me low this month. I’m also not familiar with scrapbooking/collage kit values – if you know more about that than I do please let me know if you think this is a good/decent value.
I’m going to give this subscription at least another month to see if the March box has a better value for me.