Striking a perfect balance between heartfelt emotions and spot-on humor, this debut features a pop-culture enthusiast protagonist with an unforgettable voice sure to resonate with readers.
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.
Claire Kann’s debut novel Let’s Talk About Love, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, gracefully explores the struggle with emerging adulthood and the complicated line between friendship and what it might mean to be something more.
Praise for Let’s Talk About Love from the Swoon Reads community:
“A sweet and beautiful journey about self-discovery and identity!” —Macy Filia, reader on SwoonReads.com
“There aren't many novels that have asexual characters and it's something people need more of.” —Alice, reader on SwoonReads.com
“I want this on my shelf where I can admire it every day.” —Kiara, reader on SwoonReads.com
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you think romance in the age of Tinder is tricky, try looking for love when your identity can’t be summed up by ticking a box. So it goes for Alice, who’s biromantic (i.e., capable of falling for multiple genders) but asexual (i.e., doesn’t feel that kind of attraction, period). It makes sense, then, that when Alice develops heart eyes for Takumi—a certified cutie and culinary whiz—she worries she’s setting herself up for another letdown like the one that recently left her reeling. Claire Kann’s sweet, nuanced exploration of sexuality feels brilliantly real—Alice is the BFF we wish we had.
College student Alice Johnston, 19, is in the closet sort of. Her friends and family know that she is bisexual, but what they don't know (and what Alice isn't really ready to tell them) is that she's also asexual. Alice is hurt when Margot, her roommate and girlfriend, breaks up with her, but she isn't surprised. Giving up on love seems to be the best solution until Takumi enters the picture. Registering an unprecedented "black" rating on Alice's "Cutie Code," Takumi makes Alice's heart beat faster than normal, and their developing friendship allows Alice to slowly begin to reveal things about herself, her friendship with Feenie and Ryan (her now-engaged best friends from high school), and her family. Debut novelist Kann thoughtfully tackles what it means to be asexual and gives Alice a platform to discover who she is and what it means for her relationship with Takumi. Asexual readers will appreciate the visibility, and those like Alice's ex who know poorly understand it, will gain a better sense of what love without sex can look like. Ages 13 up.
I love this book so much. I am literally going through the same things that Alice experienced. There were parts that explained exactly how I feel! I feel less of a burden that there’s a book with ace representation. Thank you Claire Kann!