Let's Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: ebook, 304 pages
Release Date: January 23rd 2018
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.
Always there for some ace rep! This book was adorable and the rep was mostly great and on point (that weird freak out when she meets Takumi was well, weird for me, cause I just don't get it? but other than that it was great.)
What I didn't like was just how cutesy this book was and Alice as well. Felt a bit childish at times and it reminds me of how people usually think aces are childish because we don't like sex would have been nice if it was a bit more adult or serious, but that might just be me reading too much into it.
Another problem was Feenie and their main fight at the costume party. Feenie never apologized. SHE NEVER APOLOGIZED. It was Family Night and she gets ditched in the middle of a party after she went to get them drinks ffs. Like high school all over again and yet these are people she considers family, and somehow Feenie feels entitled to ditch her bff in that manner to go have a quickie WHEN IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FAMILY NIGHT. If this had been any other random day where they had just decided to go to this party it wouldn't be quite as big of an issue, still one because ditching, but not quite as hurtful, and Feenie still never apologized, and that's fking rude. How was it ever okay to treat Alice like a random third wheel? Boundaries and such should have been done earlier in this friendship they've got but it's still in no way excuses Feenie's behavior. It infuriated me because Feenie blamed it on Alice's aceness. Like Alice wouldn't have been pissed that she had gotten ditched for sex during family night if she weren't ace. No Feenie, it's called being A DECENT FRIEND.
Anyway...That ending, when Alice confesses to Takumi killed me. I don't even make it that far cause unlike Alice I'm upfront about my aceness so we don't even make it to the friendship stage. Not worth putting in the effort if nothing is ever gonna come out of it I guess.
If anyone is looking for more ace rep try How To Be Normal by TJ Klune, hilarious read.
Reviewed by Ella