BOOK REVIEW: Our own private universe by Robin Talley

June 22, 2017

Our own private universe

Robin Talley

Talley has given us a well-balanced and nuanced book about a young Lesbian/queer women growing up, having her first crush and that leading to some serious thoughts about how and what she may be/ is.

The main character Aki gives us the answer, by experimenting, exploring, researching and learning from anywhere and everyone you can. When you already know what you’re not – straight- how do you define what you are! 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.

The characters in this fun book explore the changes that a summer fling brings to them, as they navigate the social and mental horrors of a Christian summer camp and the bigotry, small mindedness and occasional huge bursts of generous unconditional love surrounding them. They argue, love and talk about what it is they are doing and the prose mirrors their own blossoming into young adults who are as socially aware as they are sexually naïve.

Talley has given us a young queer coming of age book about some real young women and their developing lives and loves’ that’s sensitive, honest and utterly charming.

Out Now, paperback £7.99

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