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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

By , Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Hilarious, heartfelt, universe-breaking sci-fi novel.

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age 6+

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I listen to a lot of books but I think this one is one of my tops. It is really really interesting. Some of the things to keep in mind are that this story has things like ripping holes in universes and it can be hard to find the difference between the supernatural or if it is the real world. It’s pretty much in between. It also taught me more about type 1 diabetes and how they have to deal with normal life. I hope if your kid listens to this audiobook they have a great time exploring this book.

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This hilarious, universe-breaking novel has plenty of laughs and a lot of heartfelt moments. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe engages readers from start to finish, making it hard to put down. Sal's funny and witty, somehow always a step ahead of those around him. Sure, it helps that he can make rips in the universe, but he's incredibly intelligent and thoughtful. He's in no way perfect, makes bad decisions, and takes jokes a little too far, but is quick to apologize.

Gabi's no less interesting with her ever-changing hair clips, multiple Gabi-dads, and inspirational quote T-shirts. Gabi's a fiercely loyal friend to Yasmany and tries to be there for him, especially regarding the situation with his problematic mother. Gabi has other worries with her infant brother Iggy in the hospital's intensive care unit, but even those sad moments are lightened with a bit of humor. While many of the details surrounding Sal's universe-ripping powers remain a mystery, many readers won't mind and will love this science- and magic-filled story.

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