Book: Loveless Author: Alice Oseman Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ+ , Contemporary Pages: 369 (Kindle) Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books Published: 9th July 2020 My Rating: 5/5 Stars
UM, WHAT?! This book is now one of my FAVOURITE books of all time. OF. ALL. TIME.
Aro-ace rep, a non-binary character, strong platonic love and Shakespeare! Yes, yes, yes!
Take my five stars and GO. I flippin' love this book.
Georgia is about to start her English course at university, and while there, she is desperate to fall in love and fulfil her fanfic-inspired teenage dreams. Georgia has never had a real crush, kissed anyone or had any form of relationship before, so this is her time - a fresh start, right? With the help of her two friends Pip and Jason from school, and her new uni friends Rooney and Sunil, Georgia tries to understand herself and her feelings and thus is introduced to asexuality.
First of all, this friendship group is GOALS. Can someone be my aro-ace friend please, where we can also grow old in a care home together? I just love them. All of the characters are so amazing and inspiring and argghh. Ok, chill. Pip is this super energetic and chaotic friend who I want to add on Whatsapp. Jason is Scooby-Doo obsessed and also the cutest friend, he just comes in and starts folding Pip's clothes and for this reason, I just love him. Pip has unique approach to making friends, but has a house plant called Roderick so it's not all bad. And Sunil is the President of the LGBTQ+ society, and is inclusive, welcoming and just wants everyone to feel valid.
Seeing as I'm reading this book as part of the A-Spec August Challenge, it's super important to mention that if you're looking to find out more about what it means to be aromantic-asexual (or anywhere on the spectrum), whether that's because you're interested, you're questioning or you identify as this, then this is the book for you. It takes you through all the feels (or rather lack of) and is SO relatable. That being said, it's important to mention that Georgia's place on the asexuality spectrum is that she is repulsed by sex and it's important to remember that if you feel the same way or a different way to Georgia and consider yourself asexual, you are valid. No matter your sexuality, you are valid. There's characters who are non-binary, pansexual, homosexual, etc. and everyone is super supportive and yeah. Just read this book. It reinforces that friendship can be JUST AS important as relationships, and maybe MORE.
I WISH that I had this book growing up. I felt exactly the same way as Georgia, thinking "Why don't I feel that way?" while everyone else was having crushes, kissing and.. well, y'know. I thought I was broken almost, thinking 'it'll come one day' and tried not to think about it. I'm now in my early 20s and I still feel the same way, but I'm happy with my identity. I know some people are anti-labels but without this wonderful label, I would feel so lost and alone.
Thank you Alice Oseman, I love you. In a platonic way.
For trigger warnings, this book does mention a previous controlling/abusive relationships, using another person for experimentation, acephobia and prejudice against wider members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Take care and stay safe,