Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review – August 2017
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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).
Ships via: USPS
Each box includes a printed sheet detailing the items included, and a note from Lisa.
There is also a read along bookmark with codes for when you hit certain pages – and you’ll get questions, polls, videos, etc. that go along with the book.
Book Summary from Amazon:
When Lottie’s beloved Aunt Helen dies of cancer, it upends her careful, quiet life.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the world-famous author of the bestselling Alvin Hatter series. She knew a thing or two about the magic of writing, and how words have the power to make you see things differently.
In her will, Aunt Helen leaves Lottie a series of letters—each containing mysterious instructions. As Lottie sets about following them, she realizes they’re meant to make her take a risk, and, for once in her life, really live. But when the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about her aunt’s past—and the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series—Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fears once and for all.
Part mysterious adventure, part love letter to the power of books, this is a brilliantly woven novel about loving, reading, writing, grieving, and finding the strength to take a leap.
My rule of thumb for books is to give it 100 pages, and if I’m not hooked at that point to let it go. Sadly, that’s what I had to do with this book. I’m clearly in the minority though – this book gets rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
For me, I didn’t really connect with Lottie. She seems young to me – even for YA. And the dares/letters weren’t as exciting/daring as I expected them to be.
And this book also came with a promotional sticky-note pad!
Now for the rest of the bookish goodies!
Bibliophile Stainless Steel Bracelet – Value $25?
This is an Uppercase subscriber exclusive item!
What a classic, minimal design! I love the subtle text, too. It makes this bracelet very wearable for just about any occasion. (Plus I love the material choice – why aren’t there more stainless steel jewelry items in subscription boxes?)
Golden Compass Bookmark Set – Value $10?
Another Uppercase exclusive! (And another guess on my part of the value.)
These bookmarks are gorgeous! They are a solid cardstock and blank on the back.
Verdict: This box has a value of about $47. (Using the Amazon sale price of the book.) I’m estimating on the bookish goodies value, but in general, I think this subscription is always worth the cost!
This is probably the one month I can remember the book isn’t for me, so that’s a pretty impressive streak, too!
What do you think of this month’s Uppercase box? Did you like the book?