Monday, July 23, 2018

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by Lauren James @Lauren_E_James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James book cover and review
While the premise is a bit far-fetched, once I bought into it, I thoroughly enjoyed The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

Romy is alone in space heading away from earth on a 44-year journey to find other life. She is a teenager and was born in space.  Five years ago her parents died.  So did everyone else on the ship.

She gets help from a therapist on earth, but messages take months to get back and forth.  When she finds out that technology has advanced enough on Earth to send a ship to catch up with her, she's ecstatic.  Then something happens and she loses contact with Earth and her only support system.  Thank goodness she has J, the commander of the other ship to keep her company.

That is pretty much all you should know going into The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. When I began the book I thought there's NO WAY a teen would end up alone on a spaceship.  But James slowly explains the backstory and adds a bit of credibility to the premise.  At least I bought in, and teens will too.

As we go about learning about Romy's day-to-day existence, we are fed pieces of the events that let up to this unusual predicament.  James does a great job of feeding you just enough information to keep you turning pages.  And there's a twist.  A big one.

Teens who enjoy science fiction and outer space travel will definitely enjoy The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. And I did too.

Published by HarperTeen, July 3, 2018
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
320 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. I think far-fetched storylines are kind of fun if the author does a good job of making you believe it's possible.

  2. This reminds me of the movie "Passengers" with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. I am curious about the twist and will check it out.

  3. Sounds intriguing. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!


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