Name: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Authors: Lauren James
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Copy: UK Paperback, 290 pages
Publication Date: 1st September 2017
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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone …
KEY WORDS: Diary entries, emails, space travel, easy reading.
I was lucky enough to pick up an advanced copy of this at YALC before its release this September. If you like episodic diary entry style books, this is probably one for you. I liked this book and to be honest, it was the perfect read for my flight back from Madeira, four hours from hotel to landing and an easy read. I do, however, have my reservations.
Romy is only sixteen and has never set foot on planet earth, her growing up has been very different from a usual sixteen year old, therefore her voice is very juvenile. I felt that through most of the novel, it just felt quite young. Now, this is probably perfect for readers 11-16 yrs but I couldn’t really get past it a lot of the time and had the novel been longer, I probably would have got sick of her.
However, I really enjoyed the plot and the ending (no spoilers, I promise), though everything happened very quickly by the end, especially after the long build up, leading the ending to feel a little rushed.
On the whole, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book but probably less my kind of thing.