Our Own Private Universe Spoiler Free Review

Name: Our Own Private Universe

Author: Robin Talley

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: January 31st 2017

Number of Pages: 384

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Goodreads Synopsis
Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.

“I could do anything. All of us could. We were only as limited as we let ourselves be. Our future was wide open. And the future started today.”

I absolutely love this cover. It’s rare to see a book with an image of two girls sharing an intimate moment and it’s so beautiful. I also like the way the colours highlight their faces.

This book is about Aki a black bisexual teenage girl who is spending the summer in Mexico with her church and several others on a mission trip. During this trip she meets Christa, a girl who is also bisexual (though is questioning whether or not she is pansexual) and after deciding she wants to spend the summer exploring her sexuality they decide to have a summer fling.

I really liked the close relationship Aki had with her father and brother and the fact that the father actually cared about what his kids were up to and what was happening in their lives. I also liked the relationship between Aki and Christie though I wasn’t as invested in it as I would have liked to be due to the unnecessary drama in it. Talking about drama I felt the story line between Aki and her best friend Lori was completely pointless.

The bisexual representation is great. I loved reading about someone trying to come to terms with their sexuality and what it means to them. I also loved that it explorers safe sex between two females which is something really rare. I will say that the sex scenes are more explicit than they usually are in YA books.

This book also explores a lot of really important topics such as Global healthcare, immigration, gun control, marriage equality during a debate between the youths on the mission.

While I enjoyed this book, I did have some problems with it. One of these being the drama, while I know that teenage girls life’s usually contain some sort of drama I felt like there was just too much and it really started to annoy me. Another problem I had with this book was the constant lying, everyone was lying to someone about something and it really started to get on my nerves.

Overall I thought this was a great LGBTQI+ book that covered some important topics and I gave it 3.5 stars.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?

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