Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: January 23, 2018
“Love shouldn’t hinge solely on exposing your physical body to another person. Love was intangible. Universal. It was whatever someone wanted it to be and that should be respected as such.”
This book just made me so happy. I had a massive smile on my face and couldn’t stop giggling. Let’s Talk About Love follows Alice as she’s determines to take a break from romance after her girlfriend breaks up with her when she tells her she’s asexual. But Alice meets Takumi, the new library assistant and she’s a goner. Alice’s journey is powerful, honest, and hopeful as she navigates life. and love.
Things I Liked
I LOVED ALICE SO MUCH. She is a ray of golden light who brings joy and happiness to all. Don’t get me wrong, she has her flaws too – she isn’t perfect, but she’s so real. She is so easy to relate to and has such a bubbly effervescent personality that I didn’t want to stop spending time with her. I couldn’t put the book down.
I really liked that we get to see Alice talk to a therapist and work about her thoughts, insecurities, troubles. She’s open and honest with herself and working toward a future she wants, even if it’s scary.
There was a lot of really great diversity and discussion in this book! I really loved that we got to see a biromantic aesxual, who explicity discusses their sexuality on page multiple times. And she’s a Black woman too! And she get to go to therapy and isn’t shamed for it. I like that Alice discusses micro aggressions she faces as a Black woman – she’s sexualized, can’t be angry, has people touch her hair and make unsolicited commentary. It was great that Alice was able to call out these issues. Takumi, the fantastic love interest, is Japanese. I love that we’re seeing more interracial relationships where both parties are people of color.
I absolutely loved the romance in this story. It was so heart-warmingly adorable and all things fluffy and sweet. I really liked that even though Alice does immediately find Takumi physically attractive, their relationship never felt insta-lovey. We really see them spend time together, get to know one another, and develop a solid friendship foundation.
Things I Didn’t Like
Ugh Margot was awful and I’m so glad they broke up in the beginning of the story and I didn’t have to see her much.
I wanted to love the friendship between Fennie and Alicemore than I did, but I didn’t think they have the best, most mature relationship. There was a lot of pettiness and jealousy that I didn’t love.
I read this book in one sitting and I couldn’t have had a better day. Let’s Talk About Love is a beautiful book about being yourself and knowing you deserve happiness. It’s just a book that demands you be happy, and it will put you in a great mood.
Trigger warning for some acephobic comments in the beginning of the book
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