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Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review – February 2015

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Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Box

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).

Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Packaging

The subscription is shipped in priority mail envelope, and inside it is packaged together in a thin canvas sleeve.

Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Items

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).

Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Letter

The subscription comes with a hand written letter explaining why the book was selected for this month.

Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Extras

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.

Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review - February 2015 Book

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – Retail Value $18 (On Amazon for $13.96)

This book gets excellent reviews on Amazon and GoodReads.

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:

Hi Liz,

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,

Lisa Parkin

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.

What do you think of Uppercase? (You can check out previous months selections if you want to get a better sense of what you can expect from this box each month).

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. at first I thought this was a really cute idea and was this close to signing up but then when I saw that it was 29 or $35 for one book and some little knickknacky type things I don’t know I just don’t think it’s financially worth it.
    It’s a cute idea and it’s nice but it’s not for 30 or $35 nice for one book and some random stationary. Maybe months to follow the gifts they add in all be worth a little more money but for now I don’t mind buying the YA book of the month off of Amazon or from a Store

  2. I wish there was a book sub that was cheaper/with better value. I love the idea of getting book surprises in the mail, but I don’t care about extras or hardcovers and it seems like all the book subs are geared toward those. Maybe the margins are just too tight on books without the extras?

  3. We just received our 2nd Uppercase Box. Since I signed up for my 11 year old daughter who is inhaling YA books these days, I was quite grateful to receive the email about mature content and elected to receive the alternate selection. The book she received is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and she also received a cute pair of heart shaped sunglasses which I guess is something the character in the book would have worn. I love YA books too and while we both lean more toward the urban fantasy/supernatural ones, we are going to check this one out since it is also highly rated on Amazon and Lisa Parkin sure seems to know her stuff!

  4. The value of this box seems to be in the curation, and in sharing the joy of reading. I think this would make an excellent gift, especially if you are an adult trying to deepen a connection with a young adult. Finding cool books that have not blown up mainstream, supporting authors, and encouraging a YA to read for pleasure (vs school work) sounds like a win to me. I like YA books, and I could see gifting this and then buying myself the book (or checking the library!) . A good marketing idea for these guys would be a 3 month “semester subscription” with maybe a little bonus book or item to gift to college kids.

  5. Thank you for your review. I purchased the book and I am ery happy with it so far. It is quite engaging.

  6. This is actually a pretty cute book subscription, and one I would appreciate more than the other ones out there since this one is specifically for YA books and that’s mostly what I read. I love the little collage kit because I like doing stuff like that. I may have to consider subscribing to this in the future!

  7. Thank you so much for your thorough review!

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