Our Own Private Universe

Our Own Private Universe

Our Own Private Universe 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 h

  • Title: Our Own Private Universe
  • Author: Robin Talley
  • ISBN: 9780373211982
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too Actually, Aki s theory is that she s got only one shot at living aFifteen 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 has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too Actually, Aki s theory is that she s got only 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 Lori set off on a church youth group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa slightly older, far experienced it seems her theory is prime for the testing But it s not going to be easy For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway And important, how can you tell if you re in love It s going to be a summer of testing theories and the result may just be love.

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    I will find all of the queer YA books, and I will read them all. (22/06/16)Review (23/02/17): I really want to give this book more than 3 stars but I just can't. There were a bunch of really awesome aspects about this book that made it great, but the characters were so damn annoying that it made the awesome aspects harder to enjoy. I get that the main character is 15, but come on, there doesn't need to be that much drama. Everyone was just lying to each other and causing so much petty drama. How [...]

    Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely adored this book! I honestly don't even know where to start. This was such a lovely, heart-warming, emotional read. I would highly highly recommend it! I was super excited to read a new own-voices LGBTQIAP+ novel, and I was not disappointed. I'll have a more in-depth spoiler-free review on my channel soon!As this is an LGBTQIAP+ novel featuring a relationship between two bisexual g [...]

    This books definitely has a lot of pros, but unfortunately there were an equal amount of cons for me. The diversity in Our Own Private Universe was ON POINT. The main character is a person of colour and is bisexual, there are other bisexuals in the book (and one that thinks she might be pansexual), an out-and-proud lesbian, and the book takes place in Mexico so there are minor latinx characters as well. I love the fact that it's not only diverse, but the characters in the book explore important [...]

    This book touches on so many poignant and relevant topics. It gives adequate thought and conversation to each topic without bogging down the plot or taking away from other elements.I loved Aki and her journey through this story, I came to truly care for her and surprised myself when tears sprang to my eyes toward the end. I especially adored her relationship with her father and brother, I love when YA books expand on family dynamics.The only thing I could have done with less of was the teenage g [...]

    Our Own Private Universe is the story of Aki, a bi black teenager on a mission trip to Mexico with her church. She makes a deal with her friend Lori to try to have a summer fling while they are in Mexico, which is how she gets involved with Christa, a girl from another church. They hit things off, but anxieties about coming out, rumors, and white lies get in the way of their relationship. Our Own Private Universe is at its best in the second half of the story; the gang puts together a debate on [...]

    This book is just the cutest thing I have read in forever. EXACTLY what I want from my contemporary YA reads and extra brownie points for promoting diversity in such an awesome fashion. Also look how cute this cover is: Nice to see a YA book with an image of two girls openly sharing an intimate moment rather than the traditionally safe hand holding.The main focus of the novel is on teenager Aki who, like pretty much anyone at that age, is trying to figure out her way in the world. She knows she [...]

    I wanted to love this book. I love the cover and I was excited to read a love story between girls. Sadly I was a bit disappointed and since I'm not sure how to break it down, I'll do bullet points.What I loved:•A girl/girl romance. Aki and Christa have some very sweet moments together.• Sex was talked about openly between them and safe sex was researched and in the moment.•Sexuality and the characters struggling to figure out what they identified with: being bi or straight or gay or pan. T [...]

    I don't even know how to put into words how disappointed I am with this one. It justfell flat. The setting did nothing to enhance the story (and was void of any kind of adult supervision, which was unrealistic for the type of trip they're on), the social activist thread came way too late in the story for me to be convinced it was Aki's passion, her hidden backstory with the music school was over emphasised and came to nothing, there was so much unnecessary drama based on lying about stupid thing [...]

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC that unexpectedly showed up in the mail. Diversity: 4 – This Is Our WorldRacial-Ethnic: 3 (Aki and her brother are biracial, as is Aunt Miranda; lots of Mexican characters in the background)QUILTBAG: 5 (three bisexual characters, an out-and-proud lesbian, use of the more inclusive LGBTQIA acronym, and the book is basically Forever… for queer girls)Disability: 0Intersectionality: 4 (really engages with the difficulties of being a que [...]

    This book was full of issues and I'm still trying to figure out how to properly express my concerns with this work, while respecting the author's right to tell a story in her own way. I will say that a few instances in this book hurt my feelings and angered me a bit. But I'm trying to process a bit more. I WILL be filming a video on this book later.

    5/5 stars 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 has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too. Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only 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 a [...]

    DNF @ 7% (no rating because I didn't read enough of it and I don't want to be unfair)I am slightly pissed off. I wanted to read something sweet and lighthearted but I guess I'll never know if this book fits those expectations because I couldn't get over how childish the interactions were (I know the MC is 15 but), plus the instalove at 5% (five! percent!) and the obviously blown-up drama-for-the-sake-of-the-drama made it impossible for me to continue reading this book. I even tried putting it on [...]

    Actual rating: 3.5 starsThis book was really slow for me, and it just didn't hold my interest throughout. However, I did still enjoy bits of it, and I definitely think it's an important story with important morals, especially for teens coming to terms with their sexuality.Full review to come on my blog: thechroniclesofdanielle.wordp

    19.01.2017Just got an ARC, hoping this will get me out of my reading slump.26/04/2017Good start, boring middle to end, cool debatertc I guess

    A copy of this novel was provided by Harlequin Teen Australia for review.Six things to know about Our Own Private Universe:1) Aki is a bisexual girl of colour.Which is AWESOME. We need more intersectional diversity in YA, so it was great to see this rep on the page. However, Our Own Private Universe was written by a white woman, so it’s not ownvoices, and I also feel like it didn’t really capture the nuances of being a black girl in a church full of white people, or the microaggressions that [...]

    One of the best-written contemporary LBGTQ YA books I've read. It's funny, warm, current in the issues it talks about, and, for a book full of liars, it's refreshingly honest.'Our Own Private Universe' follows the story of Aki Simon, an American preacher's kid who, whilst volunteering in a church charity group in Mexico, has a summer fling with Christa Lawrence, as part of her many theories she wants to finally try out. This theory has to do with her bisexuality, and she puts this identity, her [...]

    DFN and disappointedActually my expectations were high when I started with this book, so I think that may have influenced how I felt.Let's say that this one is just not for me,I liked it at first and then it just got worse and worse.Most of the characters have made me feel quite uncomfortable, their attitudes are incomprehensible and most of the time I don't know where they want to go with their behaviors.Too much drama unnecessary! I understand that there must be, is what makes the story a litt [...]

    This one of my most anticipated releases for the entirety of 2017. After reading Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, I was eager to get my hands on her new book: Our Own Private Universe. I was excited because I read that this book was about a bisexual, POC, fifteen-year-old, who goes to Mexico with the church. So already, there's a lot going on here: we have a black girl, a bisexual protagonist who wants to explore her sexuality and it's set in Mexico where there are religious aspects to it [...]

    I was sent a copy of this to review a while ago, and I haven't been able to get into it. I've tried three or four times but it just hasn't stuck. I think I've worked out why - it's because the main character is more of a plot device than a character. She's extremely naive, which is used to educate the reader on a whole range of political, ethical and moral subjects. That may be useful, but it doesn't make an enjoyable reading experience.

    In my opinion, Our Own Private Universe is Robin Talley's best since Lies We Tell Ourselves. I'm really glad there's another book in the YA canon that discusses faith and sexuality, and I think Talley did a good job of incorporating modern day political issues into the plot. I really liked Aki as a character. She was determined and intelligent and well-rounded. Her love of music and subsequent fallout from her quitting music played into the plot a bit less than I would have liked. At times I for [...]

    Added after: I have recently read some negative reviews on this book and opened my eyes to problematic representation in almost all aspects of the book. Because of this I changed my rating, I still love the book, and I wish I read it when in high school in grades 9 or 10. As someone who is new to writing reviews, I'm still learning to be critical of what I read and I appreciate when I read different opinions. I will leave my original review after listing problems other reviewers discussed.Proble [...]

    i want to like this book, i want to like robin talley, but i just don't. Aki and Christa and Lori are obnoxious. they're not unlikeable they're not likeable they just are. none of them have much personality but they do a lot of stupid, annoying stuff. yes, teenagers lie, but how do you have two characters in the book not just lying but completely fabricating stories about some pretty big things? then Aki thinks she's Special because she likes Prince, who, of course, no other teenagers have heard [...]

    Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.This is the first book that I've ever read with a bi/PoC main character and it's absolutely amazing! This book was so touching and it really gave me a better perspective on a bunch of relevant topics in the LGBTQ community & more. The author managed to argue a bunch of points through her characters without negatively affecting the plot or characters (which was amazing!). I really connected with Aki and her strugg [...]

    The only thing that saved this from being a one star review, was the emphasis on safe sex. Maddie's review sums up all my other thoughts perfectly, so check that out here

    I received an ARC through NetGalley.I was nervous going into Our Own Private Universe, because my introduction to this author was kind of a disaster. But I am so glad that I decided to give her another chance! Aki has just realized that she’s bisexual and the only person who knows is her BFF, Lori. The girls are on a trip with their youth group and two others to Mexico, when they form a pact. They’re going to have summer flings! Aki already has her eyes on Christa, but that pact gives her th [...]

    3.5 stars - Great for info about safe sex practices for lesbians and a minor discussion about labels. Plus, I loved the bits about political engagement for young people. But loses stars because of lying, childish, dramatic main characters.Robin Talley is one of those authors where I read one amazing book by her, Lies We Tell Ourselves, and then got increasingly excited for anything she writes after that (I have two more of her books unread on my shelves that I bought almost without knowing the p [...]

    Wow announcing that to everyone took guts I just don't know how to explain this feeling I am feeling about this book!

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