Let's Talk About Love

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 23 Jan 2018

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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alice knows that the way she loves is not what anyone would call regular. Alice identifies as ACE, or a-sexual, meaning that while she may like a person, it isn't about being sexually attracted to them. In fact, she doesn't feel sexually attracted to any one gender at all. This doesn't mean that she hasn't been in relationships, things just tend to be much more complicated when she does get in one, especially because she keeps this fact of her life a secret.

Things change for Alice though when she spies Takumi through the library stacks when he starts working at her library. Takumi is...

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This was a cute, fluffy YA featuring a protagonist who is a asexual biromantic black girl. Alice has to navigate declaring a college major (one her family doesn’t agree with), keeping the peace with her friends, and figuring out how she really feels about the new guy at work, Takumi. This is the first time I've ever read a book with an asexual perspective, and I know it is going to be so important for many readers.
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Netgalley gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review, etc.

This book isn't for me, to be sure. The constant *squee*, Supernatural references, and general lolzomg ~random~ internal dialogue of the main character made it a slog to get through. That being said, it's a great book about asexuality and finding who you are for the right kind of teenager. Namely a slightly older teen (all the main characters are college-aged, and not freshman either) who grew up on tumblr.
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I wrote a 14 tweet thread about my love for this book and I'll be writing some more pieces in the near future about it, but trust that I loved this book, it's a voice-y, fluffy YA contemporary featuring a biromantic asexual black girl who's gotta figure out her future, navigate her evolving friendships, and explore a bit more about where she falls on the spectrum after an event shakes her up. While being a fun romance, it's also incredible representation that I cannot talk up enough.
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Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann

Summary: College sophomore, Alice, is having a difficult time. Her girlfriend just broke up with her, her parents are trying to force her onto the law school track, and her best friends/roommates seem to be drifting away from her. But then Alice meets Takumi, a charming and beautiful boy, who may be able to make her to take the leap into love. However, Claire afraid to reveal her asexuality to Takumi, can he love her enough to accept a relationship on Claire’s terms?

Review: Asexuality appears to be the new trend in YA books and I have read many that feel as if asexuality is just being used to get the book a little extra buzz which is...

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What an enjoyable read! It's rare to have a topic that isn't that talked about written with such warmth and grace. The characters were wonderful.
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Can we just talk about how excited I am that this book exists? It’s got BPOC and Japanese representation, asexual biromantic representation, and a really lovable narrator. Plus, look at that cover! It’s beautiful.

Alice has known she’s asexual for a while. But the thing is, she still wants (and deserves) her own love story. Just because she doesn’t care about sex doesn’t mean she can’t feel love or affection, though almost no one seems to understand this — no one except her two longtime best friends, though they’ve started planning for their wedding and subsequent life together.

Let’s Talk About Love definitely includes romance, but it’s also about Alice’s personal journey. About her...

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It's impossible for me to give this a star rating. There were a ton of positive things about it, and it's worth a read, but I am not the reader for this book and struggled so hard to finish. But what I disliked, others will love.

The Good

Alice's asexuality: This is the only book I've ever seen, let alone read, that offers such a nuanced view of asexuality with multiple frank discussions between characters and within Alice's head about the asexual spectrum. Like, the book even acknowledges that asexuality is a spectrum and uses the word graysexual. It shouldn't be groundbreaking to do this in 2018, but it is. Her complicated mess of emotions was mostly...

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I loved this book. This is the first book I’ve read with an asexual character.

At first, I was worried when Alice started having feelings for Takumi. I didn’t want the story to turn into her discovery that she wasn’t actually asexual. I was relieved that didn’t happen. The story is about Alice learning to accept her orientation.

Even though many readers may not be able to relate to Alice’s orientation, her relationship with Takumi is relateable. She has butterflies in her stomach for the first time, when she meets him. She’s constantly thinking about him and she can’t figure out why. This is the first time she experienced romantic attraction.

I think the book needed more tension...

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The main character is a biromantic asexual, a thing I haven't seen in a book before. The story was good and flowed lovely. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star is the love interest, I wasn't sold on him, but that's okay.
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Let's start by acknowledging how important this book is. It definitely gets a spot on my best list for the year, even though it's not a favorite. I love the way the author addresses the microaggressions Alice has to deal with as a black girl and how difficult (but not impossible) navigating relationships can be when you're asexual. I had some major misconceptions about asexuality going in, so I ended up learning a lot from it. I kept stopping to google things and ending up getting a book from the library on asexuality so I'll be a little more educated. I had some quibbles with the writing; it occasionally felt a little all over the place. Overall, it was a positive...

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Excellent representation of an ace protagonist. Engaging, fun, and heartfelt. I've purchased the physical copy for my classroom!
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I read this in one sitting so that says a lot. I was initially interested in this book because she works in a library. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. It's an interesting topic that brings up things I'd like to discuss with other readers. Will definitely be a contender for my book club.
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3.5 of 5 stars
This is a lovely, powerful, and deeply important story. Biromantic, ace, woc rep? Yes please!
The story was my favorite part of this. As a nerdy, ace lady, I easily saw myself in Alice. I understood her struggles and loved seeing her logic laid out on the page. Though I feel like the story lost some of its momentum towards the climax and became slightly muddled, it found it again by the end.
The writing was sometimes difficult for me to follow. There were lines that I loved and highlighted and will quote for years to come, but then there were also sections that were so stilted or confusing that the slowed me down or pulled me out of the book entirely.
Though it’s not a...

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Let's talk about how much I loved LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE - from the characters and their story and the emphasis on the dynamics of relationships that are changing and evolving to the cute quips and fun of new friendships. This book has everything that I love about young adult contemporary!

I first found out about Let's Talk About Love when Swoon Reads asked readers to vote for the cover. The final cover is the one I voted for. YAY! I loved the boldness and the energy from it. It is perfection! This is ALICE!

I want to be friends with Takumi! He is thoughtful and observant and just the kind of person you want to be around. He makes things brighter. That is how he comes across...

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I knew from the moment I read the words "knight with a shiny library employee badge" that this book would be completely irresistible, and boy was I right! Now, before I get into my full review, though, I think one thing that needs to be addressed is how diverse this book really is. Alice, the protagonist, is a black bisexual and asexual teen. This concept was a little tough for me to grasp at first, but once I got deeper into the book it started to make sense. Alice is bisexual in terms of falling in love with people, she's just not that interested in going past second base with them (hence the asexual). Now, I can't speak for how accurately this was portrayed (I'm...

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Rating: 5/5 Stars
 I just want to start, by saying that I am so incredibly humbled to be a part of the promotional blog tour for this amazing novel. I'm not usually one for the contemporary genre; most of you know that Fantasy has and will always hold my heart in its cruel, world-defining grasp.
 However, when I heard that Claire Kann's novel featured a bi-romantic asexual protagonist I had to get involved. I have never read a book that so accurately and completely represents my identity before - as both a person on the asexual spectrum and as someone who has very recently started exploring their relationship to queerness and bisexuality.

I want to start, since its the main...

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Ah, what can I say? Never before have I wanted to rate a book 3.5 stars more than now. I don’t do .5 ratings because Goodreads and Amazon don’t work that way, but if I could I would’ve for this novel. Let’s Talk About Love is everything the book promises to be – it’s about Alice, an asexual main character who is trying to figure out her sexuality, her future, and how everything in her life fits into who she is becoming.

I think I’m going to try and address what is the main focus in this novel, and that is Alice as an asexual main character. I must admit that my knowledge is very limited on this topic, and this is the first time I’ve actually ever come across an asexual character in any...

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