Title: Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Publication: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Teens, Romance, Social Issues
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
My first attempt at picking up and reading Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann was not promising. I tried reading it and got three chapters in before I sat it aside. I just wasn’t feeling it, but I wanted to wait a while and give it another chance. So a few weeks later that is what I did and I wasn’t disappointed. The story may have taken a few chapters to really get going, but once was flowing, flow it did.
Let’s Talk About Love follows the story of Alice. Alice is this incredible woman who is unsure of herself at times, fighting an internal battle, and trying to figure out who and what she wants to be with the pressure of parents on her back.
I love how Claire Kann wrote a character that has so much “against” her, but honestly doesn’t let it change who she is. She is asexual. She is bi, minus the sexual. She is not who her parents hope she becomes. She is this strong, funny, binge-eating, Netflix-watching woman that we should all strive to be like. No shame in her game. Takumi’s introduction into the story is important because it added a different layer to the story; another thing for Alice to juggle. The reality of this situation is what made me the most happy. Sometimes a person is introduced into our lives at just the right time to teach us a lesson or to guide us along. Kann wrote this perfectly and in a way anyone could relate to.
I cannot speak enough about Kann’s ability to write characters that were lovable, relatable, and you kind of wanted to be their friend too. My one dislike was how slow the story picked up, but by chapter seven or eight it was more attention grabbing. Aside from that, this book hit on so many social issues that I think are so important today and everyone should read about. I have a whole new understanding to issues I had no knowledge of. Not only was Let’s Talk About Love good, but it was educational in an entertaining way.
Let’s Talk About Love may be a romance book, but it’s so much more than that. I highly recommend everyone read it, even if it’s not a book you would normally choose. I wouldn’t normally, but I’m so glad I did.
STAR RATING: 4/5
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is out in bookstores and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on January 23rd. Make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Place your pre-orders now so you can have it at launch.
Check out author Claire Kann and her other books at her website here.