Book Review – The Lonliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

lonliest girl.jpgCan 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…

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 3.5/5 Stars

Ah so this rating is a not a great indicator of how much I enjoyed parts of this book! It was just NOT what I expected at all (in a really good way). I really felt for Romy omg, what an odd concept. And I love how for like 60% of the book it is what I expected and the last part is just TOTALLY NOT. So well done.

I like how is learning about what happened on the ship is laid out and slowly given. And I like how quickly you get a sense of how isolated Romy is. I could NOT survive like that, especially from age 11. Omg. It’s just unthinkable. How terrifying those first couple of years must have been. I like Romy and J’s initial friendship through not really being able to reply to each other but still managing a conversation.

I am giving it 3.5 stars for three reasons, firstly that the first part while good isn’t anything too special for me, and secondly for the ending being quite sudden. After everything that goes on I want to know more about everything after! Plus the last chapter/epilogue bit really leaves you to make a lot of assumptions. And finally because I really HATE one of the tropes used in the last bit. And I am so frustrated right now that I can’t talk or rant about it because it is so massively spoilery and would really ruin the book for anyone who hadn’t read it. It’s a really well done trope, and I get it, I just feel it’s overused. But as I said, how it was carried out was amazing. Hehe.

I did really enjoy it, especially the last part of the book. I also have a logic problem around it that is also spoilery but I feel sort of detracts from how well it is written a little, for me.

I am purposefully not talking about why it’s not what I expected, because I think it would ruin it, but I really didn’t see it coming at all. I mean, even telling you there’s something unexpected could spoil it a bit really! Just go and read it! I do highly recommend it, even though there were bits I liked less, because it’s incredibly well done and also the trope thing is my personal choice.

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