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Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Thursday, February 2, 2017


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 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 more 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 more 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.
 

Goodreads Summary

Aki is bisexual, but she has never been able (or wanted) to explore her interest in the female gender. She's primarily dated boys. However, Aki realizes that she wants to fully explore her sexual identity. Aki turns to an unusual outlet: a church trip to Mexico. Once there, she meets a girl named Christa who can possibly teach Aki a thing or two about the female gender.

This is one of the only books I've ever read that felt like the characters were both real and super unlikable. I could picture Aki as a student where I attended high school. Rough around the edges and gregarious, she sometimes pushed people a bit too far. For someone who often came off as confident, she was unwilling to tell people what was on her mind (even when asked). Christa is the girl your parents were worried about. Sexually mature and aware that she is very attractive, Christa knew she could easily attract Aki. Their relationship was dynamic and somewhat undefined. Lori was a little more "plain" compared to Christa or Aki, but she engaged in their pettiness and strange little lying game, as well. I enjoyed the writer's ability to pen compelling and frustrating characters and stick to the plotline.

4 Stars



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