Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Published by: Swoon Reads
Release date: 28/05/2020
Summary: 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.
First of all, I just want to warn you that this is a very gushy review that is mostly about why I found this book super relatable.
Let’s Talk About Love is the most relatable book I have ever read in my entire life, for the asexual rep. I knew from the first page that I was going to love this book, because I could relate so hard from the first page. Alice is asexual, and she absolutely loves romance and kissing and snuggling with someone she trusts, and that is me, and it was such an amazing experience to see that represented in a book.
The relationship in this book between Alice and Takumi was so adorable and cute and fluffy, and once again I found it really relatable, because it reminded me a lot of the beginning of my relationship with my boyfriend. Just the way they spoke to each other and the things they said to each other and the fact that they wanted to be around each other all the time was exactly like me and my boyfriend.
While we’re talking about relatable, I want to share this quote with you:
“Whether you’re so overwhelmed you can’t keep your hands off me or you’re crying because you think I don’t want you, it’s the same thing. It comes from the same place. That’s desire. That’s passion.”
The world seems to be of the opinion that if you don’t want to have sex with someone, you must not love them that much, and for me that is just not the case. I show my love in other ways and that doesn’t mean that my love is lesser than anyone else’s. It honestly meant so much to me to see this acknowledged in this book, and, I’m not going to lie, this quote made me cry.
Aside from the fact that I could relate to a lot in this book, I also really enjoyed the writing. Much like in the synopsis, this book had some of Alice’s thoughts in brackets after a paragraph, which made them feel like a side note or a bit of extra information, and I really enjoyed that. I also found this book funny, there were many times where I snorted with laughter while reading.
I also really enjoyed that this was a bit of an older read. I love YA, and I am aware that by reading mostly YA I will be reading about significantly younger characters, and I am fine with that, I enjoy it, but it is also nice to read books with older characters. Alice has moved out of her parents house and has a job and has to adult, and I do like to read about that kind of thing sometimes.
Obviously I can’t comment on the quality of the Black rep, or the biromantic rep, because I am neither of those things, but Let’s Talk About Love does contain rep for both of those. It also does have a bit of discussion about being Black and queer, so if that is something you would like to read about, pick this book up.