Let's Talk About Love
Let's Talk About Love
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Annotation: A secretly asexual college student who desires a swoon-worthy romance without sex despairs of ever having a relationship when she is unable to convince any prospective partners that love and sex do not always go together, a resolve that is tested by her crush on a young man she is sure will not understand her.
Genre: [Love stories]
Catalog Number: #152746
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 281 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-13612-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-13612-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017944696
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Recently dumped, Alice Whitley prepares for a not-so-great summer. She's working at her local library and living with her best friend, Feenie, and Feenie's boyfriend, Ryan. Then she meets Takumi, and he totally breaks Alice's Cutie Code (her internal barometer for how cute someone is). Takumi leaves her tongue-tied and flustered. Alice thinks she's sexually attracted to Takumi, which is momentous because Alice identifies as asexual. She's never felt sexually attracted to anyone before 's why her ex-girlfriend dumped her. This is overwhelming for her, so she goes to therapy to sort out her emotions. Amid all of this, her parents are pressuring her to declare a pre-law major, and they refuse to pay for any other career path. In the end, it's a happily-ever-after, but the journey is tantamount. Readers will fall in love with Alice's (sometimes immature) personality and cheer her on as she comes out to Takumi. Though it lacks discussion on the full spectrum of asexuality, this is a timely, nuanced, and diverse debut.
Horn Book
African American college student Alice, biromantic and asexual, finds herself magnetically attracted to handsome coworker Takumi at her summer library job. Besides questioning the nature of that attraction, she reexamines other aspects of her identity and future plans (her ambitious parents add pressure to the latter). A cast of supportive friends and accessible, often humorous prose recommend this refreshingly diverse intersectional romance.[July FTG]
Publishers Weekly
College student Alice Johnston, 19, is in the closet-sort of. Her friends and family know that she is bisexual, but what they don-t know (and what Alice isn-t really ready to tell them) is that she-s also asexual. Alice is hurt when Margot, her roommate and girlfriend, breaks up with her, but she isn-t surprised. Giving up on love seems to be the best solution until Takumi enters the picture. Registering an unprecedented -black- rating on Alice-s -Cutie Code,- Takumi makes Alice-s heart beat faster than normal, and their developing friendship allows Alice to slowly begin to reveal things about herself, her friendship with Feenie and Ryan (her now-engaged best friends from high school), and her family. Debut novelist Kann thoughtfully tackles what it means to be asexual and gives Alice a platform to discover who she is and what it means for her relationship with Takumi. Asexual readers will appreciate the visibility, and those-like Alice-s ex-who know poorly understand it, will gain a better sense of what love without sex can look like. Ages 13-up. (Jan.)

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Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL610L

Striking a perfect balance between heartfelt emotions and spot-on humor, this debut features a pop-culture enthusiast protagonist with an unforgettable voice sure to resonate with readers. Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop 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. Claire Kann's debut novel Let's Talk About Love , chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, gracefully explores the struggle with emerging adulthood and the complicated line between friendship and what it might mean to be something more. Praise for Let's Talk About Love from the Swoon Reads community: "A sweet and beautiful journey about self-discovery and identity!" --Macy Filia, reader on SwoonReads.com " There aren't many novels that have asexual characters and it's something people need more of. " --Alice, reader on SwoonReads.com " I want this on my shelf where I can admire it every day. " --Kiara, reader on SwoonReads.com

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