Title: Let’s Talk About Love
By: Claire Kann
Published: January 23rd 2018
By: Swoon Reads
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Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.
She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.
After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.
But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…
I really liked this book, there are some things that I think are somewhat cliché, but still it was fun to read, I also think that for someone like me, who didn’t know much about asexuality was also very informative, which is great ! I appreciate the representations and the honesty of the characters
Let’s Tal About Love is an adorable book, the plot follows Alice, she’s asexual but not many people know it, she has a great job and great friends that she loves, but what Alice wants the most is to be able to share her life with someone, being able to kiss him/her, hug him/her and be with him/her without the need for this to reach a sexual relationship.
His girlfriend has just broke up with her because, according to her, she needs sex in her relationship for this one to work. But when Alice feels instant physical attraction for the first time to her co-worker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If she tells him the truth then could end up hurting herself, but is something in him that makes her take that risk…
Before starting I wanted to tell you that I’m not asexual, and for this reason I think I can’t talk about the book from that side. Even so, from the beginning I felt super interested in knowing more about the subject and putting myself in the skin of Alice was a great experience that has allowed me to inform myself and know more about it. I think it’s fantastic that books like this one are written and I hope to see MORE in the future
I really enjoy reading reviews as much as I like to write them, but I always try to read the reviews on the book I’m reading after writing my own so that I don’t feel influenced on any way, I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.
On this occasion I confess that I felt super curious to see what others thought about it, since it touches a very specific topic with which many of you may or may not feel identified with. I ended up by reading a couple of reviews about people who identify themselves as asexuals and I was surprised to see how they haven’t felt identified on this book. I want to emphasize in this, and I also want to highlight that their reviews share some common points, such as the lack of maturity and the erroneous representation in the main character .
On the other hand, I’ve also found another review of a person also identified as asexual who said she was so happy to have felt so well represented in this book. I want to clarify this because I think it’s important to know the thoughts of the people that really matter
Continuing with my personal review, I enjoyed the book a lot, I think the writing style is very simple and quick to read. I would have liked it a little more if it had been written in first person, I think that in this way we could know more clearly all that Alice is feeling and maybe it would have worked better in that way. Even so the result is great and although it touches serious topics, also has a lot of humor, I’ve laughed along with the characters on several occasions. On the other hand I think there are alot of dialogues, and although I personally never have a problem with that (cause I love dialogues) on this occasion it seemed a bit excessive , since I found the characters talking about meaningless things, and although I understand that there are always casual dialogues in the books (and that’s fantastic), in this case I think some of them shouldn’t be there in the first place.
I think Alice is a very good main character, she’s very genuine and open about what she feels, and although in the synopsis of the book it says that her asexuality is a secret thing, I don’t really think so, I mean, maybe her parents don’t know, but her closest friends do know it, she talk with them about it.
I really liked knowing more about how she came to recognize herself as biromantic asexual and the whole process by which she happened to accept herself as such, I think she’s very admirable and the way she transmit things it’s absolutely real and honest. When this guy shows up and Alice starts to feel things for him, things she didn’t know she could feel, that completely shocks her and it was really interesting to see how her mind worked at that moment, to know her thoughts and her doubts, and find out the meaning of such new feelings and sensations, was great.
The aspect that I liked the most about the book besides that it’s so light and fun, is the amount of information it provides about asexuality, it’s really fantastic because in the end you feel that you finish the book being a little wiser than what you were at the beginning
The plot in general is not very complex, it’s the typical contemporary book that you read when you feel overwhelmed with so much fantasy lol. It deals with family, friendship and love themes, but above all I think it’s a journey of self-discovery for Alice, where she begins to question everything about her life as she knew it and that is very fascinating to follow. I think that beyond the main theme we also see an Alice confused about what she’ll do in the future and what she wants, which I think has happened to us or happens to all of us at some point in our lives, with different kind of situations, I really felt very identified with that part.
The romantic relationship that is generated in the book is adorable, their moments together were very funny and extremely cheesy, I loved!. Obviously, although the book touches several themes as I said before, romance is a central point, so we’ll see a lot of that here.
I think the book deserves to be read, it is very informative, it has characters that represent very well all kinds of diversity, it’s fun, easy and quick to read. It’s also super short so I think it’s perfect for when you don’t have enough time to pick up a big book or you can read it during a read-a-thon!. I really hope to be able to read more books with asexual characters in the future, it was really interesting, it’s also an almost inexistent representation in YA.