Title: Le’ts Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: Young Adult
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.
Firstly, how beautiful is that cover?! I just love it.
I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I read the book so I might not remember everything to write a proper review. *shrug*
This is the first book I’ve which has an asexual main character. I know what asexual means but I learnt so much more through this book.
The book starts with Alice as her girlfriend breaks up with her due to Alice’s sexuality. Alice’s carefully laid plans for the break are shaken up.
But then she meets Takumi at her workplace and likes him a lot a lot. Their romance doesn’t take off immediately but it’s HELLA CUTE.
The book centers around her romance with Takumi but we also see her relationship with her best friends and her family.
Alice is easy to like. I really liked reading from her point of view and getting to know her. She struggles with relationships because even though she loves snuggles and contact, she’s asexual and it’s not easy. She also feels left out a lot because her two best friends are dating. I really related to her on the academic front though. She doesn’t want to go in the path her parents want her to but she doesn’t want to go against them as well.
Takumi is kinda perfect. He really is! Every time Alice swooned, I swooned. He’s understanding and supportive and nice and just ashfhsdjh. He’s been burned before by his ex so we also see that coming in.
As for Alice’s best friends? I didn’t like them. I’m taking Alice’s side here. They’re good friends but sometimes they forget that Alice exists as well and I felt really bad.
Right from the start, it was ADORABLE AF. Alice was awkward around him from the time they met and I couldn’t stop smiling.
It was also paced. There wasn’t insta-love. Alice and Takumi spent time together, then started dating and I just <333
And when Alice’s sexuality came up? I found whatever followed realistic. I can’t say much in fear of spoiling it, but I liked it.
I know this review has been short but I honestly don’t remember very much. But I do remember that I really liked it and that’s all that matters.
Definitely recommended, especially if you’re interested in reading about an asexual main character