Our Own Private Universe by Robin TalleyOur Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe

byRobin Talley

Hardcover | January 31, 2017

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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.

Robin Talley is the New York Times-bestselling author of four novels for teen readers: Our Own Private Universe, As I Descended, What We Left Behind, and Lies We Tell Ourselves. Her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was the winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. Robin was a Lambda Literary Foundation fellow, and has contribute...
Title:Our Own Private UniverseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.45 × 5.83 × 1.31 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373211988

ISBN - 13:9780373211982


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning I loved the representation of sexual orientation, it showcases diversity and I am so here for it
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this! I wish there was a book like this when I was confused and figuring things out. I think it has lots of representation, of both the lgbt community, but also of religion and churches.I overall just really enjoyed reading this!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet book about self discovery and sexuality BISEXUAL REPRESENTATION !!!!! A sweet novel about a girl exploring her sexuality and coming to terms with herself and her peers about who she is and who she wants to be.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read for the Young Adult Reader This was a book that I did enjoy as a mother of a teen who I think does not know where her own interests lie. I got an advanced copy of this book for my daughter to read but decided I would jump into the book. It was a well done book and I believe that the YA (Teen) who is discovering or developing their own sexuality and what it means to them to read would enjoy reading this book
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was lovely! I can definitely see it becoming a staple in LGBTQ+ YA fiction. In the acknowledgments, Robin Talley says this is the book she’s wanted to write since she’s started writing fiction, and am I ever glad she did. This book is the story of Aki, a teen girl trying to figure out her sexuality by having a summer fling with another girl on a church mission in Mexico. The story is just so sweet because it’s all about a journey of self-discovery and figuring out one’s identity and who you’re supposed to be. I love books like this and Robin Talley just wrote it so well. But also, on-page bisexual representation, on-page F/F hookups, and on-page sex education. All important things that we need to see more of in LGBTQ+ YA books, and praise Robin Talley for including them in this amazingly wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-01-16

Editorial Reviews

"Reminiscent of Sara Ryan's Empress of the World, Talley's latest is a sweet love story about discovering who you want to be with and, more important, who you want to be." -Booklist