Let’s Talk About Love – By Claire Kann

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Goodreads Synopsis: Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop 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.

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I’m so sad it took me this long to get a copy of this book, at least I’ve finally read it now!

Let’s Talk About Love is probably the cutest YA romance book I’ve read all year. This book gave me so many mushy feelings, and reminded me about how much I enjoy the process of getting to know someone and falling for them.  Alice, the main character, is fantastic. She’s funny, she’s sweet and unique and you can’t help but love her. Takumi is also adorable as hell, and it’s so fun to read about them together.

I like almost everything about this book. I liked the writing style. Like I mentioned earlier I got so many feels whilst reading this book. And I love it when a book is able to make me feel things like that.  It also made me so frustrated on behalf of the main character, controlling parents are a really sore topic for me, so there were times when I almost threw the book across the room. I was yelling at Alice’s parents so frequently. But then it was amazing to see how that plot line all wrapped up, and it was very hopeful.

I think overall Kann did a really great job with the ace representation. Although, there were a few times when this book felt very anti-sex. I felt uncomfortable with this because Alice seems to slut shame a few people throughout the story.  It just didn’t seem necessary. Alice doesn’t like sex, which is totally fine, but in her anger at people who feel like she should like sex, she treats them as less than for wanting sex.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting sex, just like there’s nothing wrong about not wanting sex. Sadly I didn’t feel like Alice ever really came to that conclusion.

In the end, I loved this book. I gave it four stars on Goodreads, and I would recommenced it to anyone who wants to read more LGBTQA+ YA romance.

2 comments

  1. This book has been on my TBR for so long (because ace spectrum! biromantic! THAT GORGEOUS COVER)! the slut shaming aspect you talk about here makes me :/ but I’m glad to hear it hits a four star in spite of that.

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