I had been hearing and seeing a ton of hype around Quarterly lately and I was DYING to try it so I reached out to them asking if I could receive a box in exchange for an open and honest review (but I knew I’d love it because… come on). They were so generous and offered to send me the YA Fiction Box! I think the thing that drew my attention to Quarterly to begin with is the fact that they have so many unique types of boxes all within one company and site. Not only so they do literature focused boxes, but they also have one based on health and fitness, DIYs, culinary, and more! I’d killlll for the health & fitness one since, if you follow my YouTube channel, you know I’ve been really into working out recently. But honestly all the boxes look incredible and are curated by some of the top experts in that specific field. The YA box, shown above, is $49 and is sent out Quarterly (hence the name… hahaha).
First, the box came with a little note from the chosen author who curated the box, mine being Beth Revis. The note explains why she chose certain items and books for this particular box.
The next item was this super cute Emily Dickinson greeting card. It came with stickers so you could customize the inside too. Funny story, in my unboxing video for this box, I explained that I wasn’t sure who in my life would appreciate this card. Sure enough, later that day my dad actually commented on the video saying Emily Dickinson is one of his favorite poets of all time! Shout out to supportive parents. Plus, now I know who to gift this card to.
The last little goodie in the box, before I get to the books, was this fun cable photo holder. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how it worked at first, but it’s actually such a great idea. You hang the cable on your wall and then put the pictures on it via mini magnets that came in the package. This allows for less holes in your wall and you can be way more creative with how you place your photos on the cable.
NOW FOR THE BOOOOOOOKS!
The first book was A World Without You, of course, written by Beth Revis. In each box, the book that is written by the curating author comes with little tabs and sticky notes in the book with intel about the writing process and character/plot development. It’s such a great and unique idea that I think will add so much to the experience of reading this book. The synopsis reads: “Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.” At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofía helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofía escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it’s his job to save her. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.”
Next was The End or Something Like That written by Ann Dee Ellis. The synopsis for this one reads “Can a friendship last forever? Emmy would like to think so. But even though she and her late best friend, Kim, planned every detail in advance, from when and where to meet to what snacks to bring, Kim has yet to make an appearance from the afterlife. Which is making Emmy wonder if what happened right before Kim died changed everything. Alternating between the past and the present and between the heartbreaking and the truly hilarious, Ann Dee Ellis’s latest novel is an achingly authentic take on friendship, family, and what it means to let go and truly live.”
And last, but certainly not least, is Belzhar by Meg Wolitz. The synopsis for this one reads “If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.“
Overall, I am extremely grateful to have been able to get my hands on this subscription box. I definitely think considering you get three books in amazing condition and trinkets to go along it’s well worth the $49 every quarter. I’m very excited about the books in this quarter’s box and the goodies that accompanied them. Definitely go check out Quarterly if you haven’t yet! Even if you’re not a reader there’s bound to be a box for you!