Mini Review – Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

POSTED ON January 2, 2018 BY Austine IN Book Review

Mini Review – Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Let's Talk About Love
by Claire Kann
Published on January 23, 2018 by Swoon Reads
Format: ARC
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn't lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

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This isn’t a book meant for me. And I say that not because I think it’s a bad book but that I am not the right reviewer for it. I received Let’s Talk About Love for review and gave it a try.

For the first time ever, I had the chance to read about a biromantic asexual protagonist. I can’t speak to how good the rep is as that’s not my place but what I read I really enjoyed. I’m still struggling with identifying where I belong and every thought I have on the subject leads me to the asexual spectrum so seeing one aspect of it brought to life on the page was not only really interesting but insightful (and I really hope that the rep is good for this one y’all, I really do).

I especially enjoyed the fact that there were so many intricacies to Alice’s character. She’s not just a trope on the page, only belong to one particular group for XYZ reasons. She’s a person. THIS is how I want to see sexuality rep of any kind done. I read a couple books last year that took great characters but made the story about one part of them rather than integrating that into who they are in different situations, who they are beyond a label. Getting really tired of the labels becoming the story.

But I wasn’t a fan of the book, and it had nothing to do with that. I simply don’t enjoy YA contemporaries very much. Or contemporaries in general unless it’s an adult romance. So why did I read this?

I’m trying to broaden my reading horizons (to varying degrees of success).

This is light and cute and fluffy which is great, but I wasn’t a fan of all the parentheticals. The romance focus was so heavy-handed that it consumed most of the second part of the book (and this isn’t a long book so not good, y’all). It came off a bit forced in the execution. I don’t know if I’d recommend this book based on the story but for the rep? Definitely (but check some other reviews out first to see if the rep is actually good)!

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5 responses to “Mini Review – Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

    • It just wasn’t my genre and I knew that going in. I almost didn’t review it but I wanted to put it out there for others to see to give it more coverage even though it wasn’t something I was interested (oh how I wish I liked contemporaries lol)

  1. I’m sorry your didn’t enjoy this book. But, to be honest I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one (contemporaries bore me #sorrynotsorry), but I have also been screaming about the lack of ace rep for years so like, what am I supposed to do in this situation??? I kinda feel rude for not reading this.

  2. Reading your review makes me feel better about my reaction to this book. Although I think representation of more LGBT+ characters is awesome and I think a lot of people are going to love this book, it just seems so contemporary YA, I can’t get excited about reading it myself.

  3. The rep is also why I’d like to read this book. So it might not be perfect (haven’t read it yet, so don’t know, actually xD), but hey, I’m so glad it exists, purely for the rep! I hope I get to read it sometime 🙂