Hello, Universe is an adventurous tale with themes of friendship and fate so prominent that it almost feels like a juvenile-appropriate "romance." The story is not "cheesy" or "mushy" at all, but with characters clearly drawn to one another, including feeling "butterflies in their stomach," the allusion of romance is apparent. Despite those undertones, there is plenty of excitement to keep non-romance readers interested, including snake-bitten bullies and a near-tragedy so insurmountable that the character's friends must save him. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in realistic juvenile fiction with a romantic twist, but I would also recommend it to fans of realistic fiction in general.
Reviewed by Miss Allison