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Our Own Private Universe

by Robin Talley

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Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2017
    384 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she's bisexual, but up until now she's only dated guys...

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.

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"Starred Review. An important and heartfelt contribution to contemporary teen lit about queer women: hopeful, realistic, and romantic, Talley's newest is sure to satisfy." - Kirkus

"Though these themes aren't explored as deeply as Aki and Christa's conflicted and increasingly steamy relationship, it's a valuable portrait of teenage girls learning to be honest with themselves and others." - Publishers Weekly

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Robin Talley's first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, about two girls on the front lines of the school desegregation battle in 1959 Virginia, was on the short list for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her second young adult novel, What We Left Behind, a contemporary story about love and identity, was called a "must-read" in a starred review from School Library Journal. Her newest novel, As I Descended (Harper Teen, September 2016), is a retelling of Macbeth centering around a girl/girl couple who set out to take down their boarding school's resident queen bee. In a starred review, Kirkus said, "This adaptation's bewitching intrigues and enthralling deceptions will whet the daggers of any reader's mind." Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife and their daughter, plus an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. You can find her on the web at www.robintalley.com

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