The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books
Release Date: 07/09/2017
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: 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 . . .
I picked this up to prepare for an event I’m going to that the author will be at, and I am so glad that I did. The Loneliest Girl was amazing. It was so gripping and interesting right from page one. I never wanted to put it down, I just constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. I thought the plot was really interesting and not like anything I had ever read before.
I really liked Romy. I found her to be a relatable character. I know I would be freaking out as much as she did if something went wrong on a spaceship and I was the one in charge of fixing it. I also identified with the fact that she was into fanfiction and she obsessed over a TV show and over fictional characters. I spend a lot of time obsessing over fictional characters so that was easy for me to relate to.
This book really made me think in places. It had a few science bits that really messed with my head, but also really got me thinking. There was a lot of stuff about time and the way it works when you’re travelling at the speed of light that really confused me at first, but I was able to wrap my head around it the more I read. This didn’t reduce my enjoyment of the book though. If anything, it made me enjoy it more, because I found it really interesting. It also made me consider Earth and some of the things we do and some of the things we take for granted. It made me see some of those things from Romy’s point of view, because she has never experienced them before, and its interesting to see them from an outside perspective.
I am now currently reading The Next Together, which has been a long time coming, and I really hope its as good as The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. Have you read The Loneliest Girl? If so, what did you think?