Our Own Private Universe Review

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4/5 stars

YA LGBT 🏳️‍🌈 Contemporary

I was really obsessed with the last book Robin Talley released in late 2016. I couldn’t get enough of As I Descended because I loved the dark and creepy. I couldn’t stop reading it, and I even got some amazing preorder swag. Talley is one of the few YA LGBTQIA authors I’ve come across, and I do enjoy her work. So I want to talk a little about what I loved about the book and then some things I didn’t.

I love the romance between Aki and Christa. It was very sweet. This book has great diversity was the main character being a WoC and the setting was Mexico so you saw little elements of the culture. The diversity is superb. It made me love the book even more. Aki is a great bisexual main character because she is still trying to find herself and understand who she is. I like the way they talk about global issues and how it’s important to bring awareness to understanding each topic. The church aspect wasn’t horrible, the religious aspect was there but it wasn’t overbearing. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book where religion was being shoved down my throat. Also the teenagers and all of the struggles and feelings they have are so realistic. I could remember having those types of feelings when I was a teenager. Also, I learned sexual education needs to be taught for everyone. Not just heterosexual teens. The LGBTQIA community needs to be included. I think sexual education needs to be taught equally so everyone is protected. I mean, I have no idea what a dental dam was until I read this book. So I learned something and I’m 25!

Things I didn’t like:
It seems like sometimes the teenagers were getting away with too much. I find it hard to believe a church group wouldn’t notice teen boys drinking or girls sneaking away together all of the time? I mean, it makes the adults seem stupid as hell.
I don’t understand why the girl/girl relationship was something to be so ashamed of. It seemed like it was a little bit much at times.
Sometimes it just seemed like the book was going on for too long. There were some things which could have been shorter.

Anyway, I really did enjoy this book. It was a sweet love story and brings more awareness to how much we need more LGBTQIA books in YA literature.