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.
Author: Claire Kann
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: January 23rd 2018
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Aphobia, Racist Microaggressions
Dammit, I swear I don’t hand out 5 stars all willy nilly. But, it’d feel wrong if I gave this any less.
Alice, a biromantic asexual has just been dumped by her girlfriend because she thinks Alice doesn’t love her as much if she doesn’t want to have sex. ON top of that, she’s dealing with her parent dictating her major, her and her bestfriend are going through a rough patch and there’s a cute guy at work and has to decide if telling him she’s asexual is going to change anything.
Seeing asexuality being represented so wonderfully just makes my heart hurt (from happiness of course). I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I can see myself so fully in a book in this way. An ace black girl who’s happy? I swear all of my notes I wrote during my reading were RELATABLE
yes, just like that, in all caps and everything. I also have an older brother and sister who are about a decade older than me. I have also pretended to have a crush on a guy so I wasn’t the odd one out. This book made me cry, but I swear it was from happiness.
By chapter one, I was already pissed. Alice’s ex states Alice can’t love as much as she does because she won’t have sex. Which is preposterous. Sex is not the last battle boss to showing you love someone. Unbelievable. I love how Alice wasn’t made to be this sad person because of her sexuality. She embraced it, she was happy. But, she was also flawed.
All of these characters were flawed and talked it out, got through it. All of the relationships were real. Alice’s friendship with Feenie and Ryan, her relationship with Takumi (did I mention there’s a center interracial relationship?) was never just cupcakes and rainbows, but they were amazing nonetheless.
I wasn’t expecting to smile so much. Alice and Takumi were adorable together, I especially loved them in the beginning. And though he’s ignorant on what asexuality is, he’s never disrespectful and accepts her.
Look, I’m trying not to gush too much, but I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK, OKAY?
There’s so much I want to say, but I really want you guys to read it yourselves. You want something cute and sweet and short? Here you go. You want some good rep? I got you. Go read it ❤