Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publishing date: January 23rd 2018
Genre: Contemporary, YA
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.
A while ago, I read the first chapter of a few books in an attempt to choose my next read, one of those books was Let’s Talk About Love. Within the first page, I knew I wanted to keep reading it because of the honest and captivating voice of Alice, the main character in this book, who is a biromantic asexual black woman.
From the very first chapter, this book addresses acephobia and confrots a lot of the misconceptions around asexuality. Then as the book progresses, the difference between arousal and attraction is discussed in a way that makes it easy to understand what asexuality means, especially if it’s something new to you. In that sense, this book also does a very good job of portraiting the asolation and loneliness that a lot of ace people go through; as well as the responsability that falls on ace people to educate others because asexuality is not really visible in media or anywhere really.
Other aspect that it’s important to point out, it’s that the representation in this book is #ownvoices in terms of race, the author is a black woman, and it shows in the way racial microaggressions are portraited and discussed in this book, mainly through Alice, but also a little bit through Takumi, the love interest in this book, who is Japanese.
Alice and Takumi are so cute together and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I think this book is so valuable to ace readers, that not only get to see themselves represented, they also get to see an ace woman get a happy ending with a person that loves and respects her.
Also, something else I feel it’s so important about this book is that it puts therapy in a positive light. Lately, more and more books are normalizing therapy but it’s still amazing to see it in a book and I think it’s really valuable.
This book doesn’t have a strong plot, it’s the story of a girl that’s struggling with the opinions and perceptions that other people may have about parts of her identity, mainly her asexuality but also her race. It deals with themes of friendship, love and finding what you want to do in life and how you want to live. It’s told through an honest and captivating voice that will make readers want to invest in her story.