November 16, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
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*Published January 23, 2018*
Oh. My. Goodness!!! This was such a cute book and one that has a main character I have not read before. We have an ace protagonist and I absolutely love her! She is one of the cutest characters I have ever read and just everything about her awesome!
Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating—no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
Oh my, Alice, you are adorable and I love you so much! I think what I loved most about this book was that it gave me a different point of view of love and romance. I knew that asexuality existed and I even know some people on Tumblr who are ace, but I don’t know people in real life who are ace. So, reading a book with a protagonist who is ace is the closest I can get to understanding right now.
I also liked that Alice explained that she can feel romantic feelings, but she does not need /want sex in order to be happy in a relationship. She touched on that quite a lot actually,
“Love shouldn’t hinge slowly on exposing your physical body to another person. Love was intangible. Universal. It was whatever someone wanted it to be and should be respected as such.” Alice, Let’s Talk About Love
But when she sees a really really, “Code Black” cute boy at her summer job, she starts to freak out a little because not only is she seeing a cute boy that breaks her “Cutie Code” but she’s also experiencing somewhat sexual feelings as well. Being asexual, she should not be feeling that?! Right?… I loved that the majority of this book felt very real. Now, don’t quote me on saying this is real because I am not asexual. I am very much heterosexual, but I will say that it feels real. It feels like what would happen. I absolutely loved that we also get to see Alice go through family issues as well, not with her sexuality, but with her college career.
This book gives us a new look into what love is and that love, no matter your orientation, is love. And love can really suck sometimes, especially when your idea of love is not the norm. Overall, I truly loved this book and I love Alice! Love her so much! What do you think love is? What are some of your ideas of what love should be? Comment below and let me know!