If LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE does not become a hit, I will riot on behalf of one of the cutest, most diverse contemporaries I have ever gotten my hands on.
Alice is trying to figure things out. Her parents want her to be a lawyer, he two best friends are engaged to be married and leaving her behind, and her girlfriend just broke up with her because she doesn’t understand that Alice is asexual. Then she meets Takumi, a gorgeous, sweet, soon-to-be kindergarten teacher who starts working at the library with Alice. As their romance and friendship grow, and Alice’s relationships with others fall apart, what will Alice’s future hold?
Alice is probably one of the most inspiring female characters I’ve ever read about. Reading about her asexuality smashed a lot of thoughts in my head as to what love really is. I was a little worried that she would be one of those characters with no personality, that she was asexual and that was the only thing that made her up as a person. Fortunately, that was not the case. She was an upbeat, happy, and motivated human but also had her doubts about her future, which I really related to. Her struggles were heart-wrenching to see on page, and this being my first experience reading about an asexual main character, I’m now motivated to read more books with characters like her.
ALICE AND TAKUMI. ALIKUMI. MY NEW OTP. I don’t think I can coherently describe how much I loved their relationship. It almost made my heart beat out of my chest, and that to me is the best feeling. They were so united, and supportive with one another. AND CONSENT. THERE WAS ALWAYS CONSENT. They shared the most beautiful and romantic moments, I could cry thinking about them. Every time Takumi asked for permission to do something, it made me wish every single YA book was like this. There were times when Takumi screwed up and you could see his apologies were incredibly sincere, it wasn’t just the author maneuvering with a dumb redemption arc. Relationships like theirs make my real-life expectations on love fly sky-high.
The Johnson family was so realistic, I wish there were more novels with such a strong family aspect. Even though they were really close, they definitely had their ups-and-downs, and that, right there, is real life. How Alice struggled to change the career path her parents had always wanted her and that she thought she’d always wanted. The insistence, the demand, how if Alice didn’t answer a call, Mama Johnson would freak out. I loved it with all my heart and soul.
Personally, I have always preferred a first person POV to a third person POV, but the way Let’s Talk About Love was written, it made me fall in love with third person. It was so captivating and descriptive, and when a book manages to pull me in, even if it is not the perspective I usually enjoy, it’s immediately added to my list of favorites. Twenty points to whatever house this books belongs in.
My only issue with this spectacular book was the pacing. It bothered me so much that it kept me from ABSOULTELY loving it. My brain gets confused very easily, so the fact that it was almost never explained when the story was taking place or how much time had passed affected my reading experience. I only read an ARC, so maybe this could improve in the finished version, but I don’t know.
I cannot speak on the asexual representation, but when you have a black, biromantic asexual female main character, this is definitely a diverse read you should be anticipating. I did some research on whether it was done well or not, and I read a review by a blogger I infinitely trust and she gave it five stars, so consider that when adding it to your TBR.
Overall, Let’s Talk About Love is literally the title: A conversation on what love really is that was narrated in the most wonderful and unique way.
Cutie Code: Black x1000
RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann hits shelves January 23, 2018.
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.