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Book Review: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Our Own Private UniverseTitle: Our Own Private Universe
Author: Robin Talley

Source: From Publisher 
Publisher: HQYA

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory.

And it’s mostly about sex.

No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual–-even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense.

Aki’s theory is that she’s only got one shot at living an interesting life–-and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and her friend Lori set off on a trip to a small Mexican town for the summer, and Aki meets Christa–-slightly-older, far-more-experienced–-it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But something tells her its not going to be that easy…

Book Review:

After reading What We Left Behind, I had had a bad experience with Robin Talley but wanted to give her a second chance and I did really enjoy this book. Our Own Private Universe was a diverse read and had good characters and a story that kept me engaged.

I was first interested in Our Own Private Universe because it was an f/f romance story that was own voices that had a bisexual main character. I had not and still have not read many books that focus on this topic. This was something that I really enjoyed in the book and it was something that I definitely liked learning about in the story.

The story also focuses on sexual experiences of the characters and instead of ignoring the lack of contraception in the story like many writers do this does tackle it head-on. This was something that I really did like and I felt like I did learn from the book's discussion although it didn't affect me. This could be extremely helpful for anyone who needs this discussion in books.

One of the biggest debates in the book is that there is too much drama and that the characters do lie to each other a little too much which makes this worse. Although I do agree with this and I don't often like characters lying to each other, this was a way to make the story progress and I can't lie when I say that the drama did add to the story because let's face it who doesn't like a little drama anyway.

With the whole lying to each other, this does seem really unnecessary and I don't really see why it was needed. I am sure that this could be done in a different way. I also did really enjoy the characters and their relationships in the story and one thing that I can't fault in Talley's writing which I always enjoy.

The Verdict:

Our Own Private Universe is a drama-filled contemporary story which was highly entertaining and an enjoyable read from start to finish.

Have you read Our Own Private Universe? Would you like to?

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