Loveless by Alice Oseman
Published by: Harper Collins
Release date: 09/07/2020
Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
Summary: It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
This is a book that I was very excited, and also nervous to read. Everyone has been raving about it lately, and I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype for me. It ended up REALLY living up to the hype. I don’t think I found it as relatable as some people seem to, but it was still so good, and there was still a lot in this book that I did relate to.
Loveless follows Georgia as she goes to University and comes to terms with herself and her sexuality. I am not aromantic, but I really related to all the asexual side of the book. Every time Georgia was confronted with how much sex is a part of other people’s lives and was shocked, I would literally stop reading and just say “same” to myself.
This book, unsurprisingly, had an emphasis on the importance of friendship and platonic love, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I love being in a romantic relationship, but I also really highly value my friends, so I really love finding books that don’t just just focus on a romantic relationship. Also, as much as I love a good romance, I actually don’t think that every YA book in the world needs to have a romance.
I also really enjoy reading older YA, where the characters are going to Uni and are more independent, so I definitely enjoyed that aspect of Loveless. Just a warning, this book did contain a lot of swearing, compared to younger YA, so if you’re sensitive to swearing, just be aware of that going in.
I would like to touch on some negatives in this book, and that is the representation of other sexualities. Loveless includes a character that identify as pansexual and a character that is non-binary. Georgia referred to the non-binary character as “he/him” throughout the whole book, which really made it feel like the character was just thrown in for the sake of diversity, only to have their identity as non-binary forgotten about straight away.
I am going to link to Lea‘s review and Blue’s review because they go into the issues so well.