Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann Review

“Love is something you don’t control. We have to be ourselves. You can be sexual, nonsexual, asexual, bisexual, or trisexual and it really doesn’t have a lot to do with enlightenment.”-Frederick Lenz

Plot:

19 year Alice Johnson has sworn off of relationships after the latest debacle with her now ex girlfriend, Margot.

But, there’s something Alice refuses to tell anyone aside from her two best friends, Ryan and Feenie:

Alice is a Biromantic Asexual.

She doesn’t feel sexually attracted to anyone, regardless of gender and is only looking to win her cheesy romantic dream come true, just without all the weird sexual tension and pressure, but are things ever that easy?

After the disaster with Margot, Alice refuses to date anyone, still reeling from the sting of her previous breakup.

That is until an adorable new employee shows up at the library she works at.

Meet Takumi, a kindergarten teacher in training who pulls at Alice’s heartstrings the second she lays eyes on him.

Though they have a rough start, they quickly find their footing as both of them realize just how much they need the other person in their lives.

For once Alice thinks that she might have just found someone who could accept her, rough edges and all and give her the Fairytale ending she’s always wanted.

But no story is perfect, and she and Takumi have to work through the different struggles thrown at them in order to find stability they so desperately crave.

And along the way, thank to Takumi and an incredibly amused but helpful therapist, Alice begins to understand things about herself that she’d never considered before, things that just might make it so that all her ‘disasters’ turn into victories she’d never thought she’d win.

Characters:

I really loved Takumi and Alice in this novel, they just had such a wonderful relationship it made me wanna squeal every step of the way.

I enjoyed Alice’s character development; she came a long way in a short time.

Initially she started out as this mousy little girl who always did what everyone told her and never really questioned things or took action.

But eventually she developed into such a strong character, and started doing things that were beneficial to her as well as the people around her.

I just really love this girl and I am so glad I got to read about her.

As for Takumi, he’s a total sweetheart.

Takumi was adorable, funny, charming, romantic, understanding, you name it! He was the textbook definition of the good guy but just written so well that you can’t help but fall in love with him.

I really liked his character, and he gave me quite a few surprises here and there too but I won’t mention those.

He’s just a lovable dork, and I just wish I could give him a hug.

As for the side characters, Ryan I didn’t mind much and he was alright, nothing special but Feenie I didn’t particularly like.

I enjoyed her passions and I like that Kann portrayed a very positive message through her, saying that it was okay to be a stay at home mom and that that’s something you should be proud of if it’s what you want.

But what I didn’t like was her attitude; she was incredibly stubborn and unreasonable and was overreacting when Alice was getting close to Takumi and was mad at her for weeks after a particular incident.

I just didn’t really like her personality but I was happy about the overall message she was used to portray.

In genral, the characters were interesting and diverse, though I wish Kann had fleshed out the side characters a bit more.

Thoughts:

How I felt at the start of this book:

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How I felt at the middle:

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How I felt at the end:

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I LOVED THIS BOOK.

There is no doubt about that.

So I read this book for Pride Month, and it was one of my first reads to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and let me tell you I don’t regret it all.

Being a Demiromantic Asexual myself, I can’t begin to describe how good it felt to have my sexuality acknowledged on paper.

This was a very reaffirming read, I liked that Kann sort of explored Alice’s sexuality a little, as opposed just labeling her as asexual and moving on.

Kann sort of outlined the stigmas that surround the asexual spectrum, though it wasn’t in serious detail as the book is fairly short but she did touch upon the major issues that generally tend to accompany such an identity.

And I appreciate that as it’s a good way to spread awareness.

As I mentioned before, Takumi and Alice are absolutely wonderful, their relationship is a sort of friends to ‘lovers’ type of deal, but there is a lot of positivity and support and comfort and its portrayed as an incredibly healthy relationship and I just adore these two.

Though I feel that they would have made great platonic partners, the romance seemed to work out well in this situation.

I didn’t like Feenie one bit, especially later on in the story.

I just don’t agree with her methods and reactions.

She had such an overemotional response to Alice spending time with Takumi, that I just didn’t enjoy her character at all.

I initially started out as sort of liking her but after the scene at the party I was just done with her attitude.

There isn’t really an overall plot to the story, everything is rather easy going and laid back.

The book is more so about exploration and discovery as opposed to having a clear end goal in sight, but everything ties in together very nicely.

I like Kann’s writing style a lot, it’s very natural and fun to read and anyone can easily fall into the book because of it.

She made Alice feel real, almost as though she were sitting across from me in a coffee shop and telling me her story and her writing just made things all the better.

And lastly, I love how diverse this book is.

Alice herself is a black Biromantic ace, Takumi is from Japan if I remember correctly and it in general just features a lot of racially diverse characters and I love it.

I also like Kann’s casual approach to the therapy sessions Alice attends.

She doesn’t make it out to be this huge deal, essentially having a really positive impact because there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and so on, and taking a casual approach is important because it promotes normalcy.

Overall, this book is amazing and I just love it so much.

It’s one of the first novels I’ve come across that features an openly identified asexual character and is so reaffirming and wonderful that it makes me want just curl up and die of happiness.

The writing is great, the characters are wonderful and it’s so chockfull of fluff and love and positivity anyone that can enjoy it.

I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes fluffy romances, and especially to anyone out there who is on the asexual spectrum.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this review and as always happy reading!

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