Book Review: Let’s Talk About Love

*This review is spoiler free

Title: Let’s Talk About Love

Author: Claire Kann

Genre: YA contemporary

Goodreads Summary:

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.

This was a book that I was very excited to read ever since I read what it was about so I was very excited when I got this book for my birthday. As an ace woman myself, I am always in the mood to read some ace representation, which is what I got.

Strengths:

  • Representation! Our main character is an asexual biromantic black woman! That is amazing
  • The conversation about asexuality is very present and accurate
  • She is a college student!
  • All around it was a very sweet story

Really, the only saving grace behind this story was the reason I picked it up in the first place. I really liked how it was about asexuality and it discussed it. There are numerous different times where Alice discusses what her sexuality means to her. I love how it’s about someone pretty confident in what she is.

Not only did I relate to Alice because she was ace, but she was also a broke college student just trying to make a living, and I really like that it was discussed and an arc in the story instead of just being something that is there.

Weaknesses:

  • The plot itself was rather lacking
  • There was little character development
  • The characters were just in general very flat

Nothing really happened. I couldn’t understand why the author picked the time she did because nothing happened at all except some more trivial things (which wouldn’t have been as trivial if the characters had been better developed) I don’t usually care about plots in books because I am more character-driven, but that only works if there are actually interesting characters so I had to rely on the flat plot.

I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I thought that both of her friends were really shitty, and I didn’t understand why it mattered. Everything seemed so melodramatic, and I didn’t care at all. If I had a better understanding of what was going on instead of being told what was exactly happening, it wouldn’t have seemed so trivial. But there was never any emotion to any of the characters so I didn’t really understand why they were making the decisions they did.

Overall, I was very disappointed. I was right about what I thought the book would be about but was still very disappointed. I can tell that this is Claire Kann’s first book because the writing itself is not the greatest (although, I feel like part of that could be the style that Kann decided to take). I like the overall message of it! I really would love to see more books discuss asexuality in a healthy way like this book, but I hope that it’s better written than this one was.

Rating: 3 stars

That is my review of Let’s Talk About Love! If you’ve read this book, please let me know what you thought of it. Did you agree with me? Disagree?

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 21-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

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