It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
CWs & TWs: Aro-acephobia, Alcohol and sexual content, toxic relationship
Diversity: Aroace MC, lesbian Latinx SC, Non-Binary ace SC, Pansexual SC, very queer and diverse cast.
I was expecting to love this book as much as I did, because let’s be honest: Alice Oseman could write anything, I would give her a go. But as an asexual woman, I was really looking forward to read this one, and I was also very scared. Because, I won’t lie, ace representation in young adult novels barely exist, and the little I read the more frustrated I got. Here, I loved it. Every second Alice spent on describing and talking about asexuality and aromantism felt so right and in this way, it is the best representation of the spectrum I have read. Why? Because she acknowledges the fact that some asexual people aren’t aromantic, that some asexual people are sex positive. And this is everything. Because I can’t begin to think of how many times people told me SooO It mEanS yOu NevEr HaVE sEx?
I’ve been so desperate for my idea of true love that I couldn’t even see it when it was right in front of my face.
Another thing truly brillant about this book is the depiction of how formated our society is when it comes to romance and sexuality. Not only in an heteronormative way – which it is, as well – but also in the fact everything is about romance. I will take an example used in the book, but when you watch a teen movie it’s almost about teens wanting to find love and teens wanting to have sex. Now, I can’t really say anything for the aromantic people out there, but as an ace I always got frustrated by this kind of things, and never really talked about it because I thought I was weird. In this way, this book truly felt like home. Like a safe space. Like something I knew and understood. Aromantism and Asexuality being spectrums, no one will experience it the exact same way, and it is one of the messages carried by this book.
Why didn’t I give it five stars then?
This has, to my greatest pleasure, nothing to do with the representation. Because, as I told you, I find it amazing. It is more about the story line. The characters are incredible, and the plot is definitely driven by them. They are touching and real and amazing, as for every single Oseman’s characters. Getting to know them is like getting to know real people. But in this book there’s a character (in appearance very minor) that appears a bit out of nowhere and increase the epiphany of the main character on her sexuality. And it was, for me a bit useless, and came on too strong on the story to my taste. It was like highlighting and underlining the topic and I found it a bit… Too much? I mean, the whole story was itself very subtle, Georgia discovering her self step after step, and then BOOM. This character, who appears to be exactly the person Georgia needed. In a way, it is great, because it shows that asexuality and aromantism are more common than we think, and that some people are part of the spectrum without knowing it. But… Yeah. That’s basically the only thing that didn’t really worked with.
Give your friendships the magic you would give a romance. Because they are as important.
But it is very minor and didn’t stop me from loving this book very much. I loved this ending, and the relationship between the characters and the depiction of platonic love and the importance of friendship. It is a must-read for pretty much everyone wanting to read a love-story that isn’t really a love-story, but still is in a lot of ways. This is a book about love itself, and the billion shades it can have.
Perfect for fans of
Found family trope
Coming-out and coming of age stories
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