Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop 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.
Let’s talk about how this novel was kind of a huge disappointment.
I really, really wanted to like this novel. I was excited to get inside the head of an asexual character, I loved the diversity, and I couldn’t wait to see how the romance would unfold.
And while that all happened, it wasn’t really the romance that didn’t do it for me, though it certainly wasn’t anything to write home about.
There were a few things I just couldn’t get past:
First of all, the characters are incredibly, annoyingly immature. I get that this is a new adult novel, but the maturity of particularly the main character had nothing to do with her age, it was her personality.
Alice was just an unlikeable character to me… and not in a redeemable way. She has that early-20’s selfishness that I usually can forgive, but she was so unforgiving herself, that it made me like her less and less the more I worked through the story.
And that’s kind of what it felt like reading this: work.
I almost stopped reading several times, but ultimately powered through.
Beyond that, I adored Takumi with all my heart and soul as a character, but that meant that I felt like Alice didn’t deserve him at all. I also felt as though there was zero chemistry between these characters. It could’ve been that my attention zoned in and out as I was listening to the audiobook or it could’ve been that one second they are meeting (and Alice has this insta-attraction to him with a really weird, unrelatable reaction to seeing someone for the first time – as if she’s never seen an attractive guy before) and the next second they are having these serious relationship-related conversations.
It was like my favorite part of a budding romance was completely skipped.
In the beginning, Alice fluctuated between being awkward (and not charmingly so) and then straight up rude to Takumi. I didn’t understand why he liked her or kept talking to her at all.
And, don’t get me wrong, there are awkward and rude characters that I actually really like (I’m thinking about Leah from Leah and the OffBeat) but there was something about Alice that I couldn’t find redeeming.
Anyway, while I appreciate the insight into asexuality, something I’ve struggled with understanding for a while, the story just didn’t live up to what I was hoping it would. I’m glad to have read it to get a better understanding of asexuality, but I definitely wanted more out of the story itself.
Audiobook Performance: 3 stars
Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars