Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann - OPTIONAL

Kann, Claire Let’s Talk About Love 277 pages. Swoon Reads (Macmillan), 2018. $16.99. Language: R (50 swears, 17 “f”), Mature Content: R (asexuality, bisexuality), Violence: G

Alice dates, both guys and girls, but that’s not her problem. Her problem is that she is asexual. She wants a relationship, but she doesn’t want it to be sexual. Finding a person who will accept her is nearly impossible. After her girlfriend can’t handle it any longer and breaks up, Alice is ready to swear off dating forever. Then she meets Takumi. She falls in love with him, but she is not sexually attracted. This may be one more relationship for the garbage heap or he might finally be the one who accepts her the way she is. In the meantime, she must figure out a way to convince her parents that being a lawyer is not the career she wants.

This is a story about a college student who just wants the freedom to figure out her life and be accepted as she is. She doesn’t want to be pressured to be the person other people want her to be. In many ways, this is a sweet love story. Takumi is a perfect gentleman to Alice. In addition to the sexual component, there is also the issue of inter-racial relationships, but this is a minor mention in the story. I expect this book to be popular with teens who like realistic fiction about sexual identity and finding your path.

NEW ADULT – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Valerie McEnroe, Media Specialist

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