Review// The Loneliest Girl in The Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Author: Lauren James
Series: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Book Length: 290 pages 
Publisher: Walker Books
Review: 1/5

My Review:

*Note, there are a few spoilers in this review.

The cover is super cute – everything else, not so much.

Under the guidance of NASA, Romy, a 16-year-old girl, is travelling on a ship called The Infinity to a new planet called Earth II, where humanity is to establish a second home.  Romy is all alone in the universe until one day she receives communication that another ship is coming from Earth to accompany her on the journey to Earth II. On the other ship is a man by the name of J, who Romy keeps in frequent contact with through email –making the loneliest girl in the universe feel a little less lonely.

First of all, the book’s description outlines J as ‘a boy’, which is kind of misleading. I haven’t really seen this talked about in the other reviews I read, but is no one going to talk about the fact that J was actually a grown man flirting with a 16-year-old? At first, he told her he was 22, which is still bad, but then it came out that he is older than that, and it made me feel sick. Regardless of what transpired and how Romy felt about him after meeting him, it still made me uncomfortable.

Although the twist at the end caught me by surprise, I have to admit, I didn’t really like it. You learn that J’s parents died aboard The Infinity, and he became an astronaut to meet Romy and avenge his parent’s deaths, and it’s like… what are the odds. This whole thing felt like it was trying too hard to be some sort of intergalactic version of the TV show Catfish. In addition to that, there was one point where Romy was asked for a 4-digit password to get into J’s ship. FOUR DIGITS? Does NASA not believe in security awareness? The password on some people’s phones are even longer than that!

Anyway, all in all, Romy was just so naïve, and even though I felt bad for her because of all the things she went through, I unfortunately could not bring myself to enjoy the book.

-Catherine

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6 thoughts on “Review// The Loneliest Girl in The Universe by Lauren James

  1. Yikes, that age gap is definitely creepy! And that 4 digit code is just laughable. Even I could whip up something better than that, as ignorant of technology as I am. Sorry this didn’t work out for you, but I hope your next read is better!

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    • Yeah, I just thought it was gross to have a seemingly 22 year old getting flirty with a 16 year old – from that point on, I was like nope! And saaame, not only was it 4 digits but she randomly guessed it LOL but of course! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thank you, I hope so too!

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