Teens Recommend: Let's Talk About Love

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Posted: July 4, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

LetAlice had her whole summer planned. Eating and binging her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library for the summer. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating.

But then she meets Takumi, and she can’t stop thinking about him. Now Alice has to decide if she is willing to risk her friendship for a love that might not be returned – or understood.

“Reading Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk About Love, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. I had heard a ton about it before I picked it up, and was a little sceptical if it would live up to the hype. However, I need not have worried.

The characters came alive, each so dynamic and personable, together creating an environment perfect for a story that Alice finds herself in. Reading this novel, I found myself relating to Alice well. As someone who has an obsession with all things books, TV, and fandoms, I appreciated how Claire added the extra detail of Alice and her essay writing; A small thing, but one that I noticed and smiled at.

I really enjoyed the subplot of Alice and her family as well. I could relate well with the struggle Alice has as she had to live up to parental expectations while trying to discover what she wants to do in the future. It was extremely refreshing to see Alice being so strong and willful, becoming more ‘herself’ with each chapter of the story.

Mostly, however, I really found myself pleased with how Claire Kann handled the topic of asexuality. As someone who has dealt with this topic as well, I was amazed at how Claire had portrayed it, and how much detail she included. I found myself working through my own similar issues alongside Alice as I read, discovering myself as she discovered her. Finding that positive representation in the story was so amazing, and I was beyond impressed with how Claire had managed to pinpoint my own feelings spot on. Through Alice, I was able to learn so much about my own identity, which isn’t something you find a lot in books.

All in all, Claire has written a book that will keep a permanent place on my shelf, as something that I will read and re-read many times over the years. Asexuals everywhere will love this warm tale (with a witty touch) that, through Alice, will give representation and community that will be cherished for a long time.”

-Kate J

Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann, is shelved in the young adult fiction section.

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