Review: Loveless by Alice Oseman

As I mentioned on my Instagram, last week I received an a e-arc of Alice Oseman's new book from NetGalley and I finished it a few days ago and it was so good! It was the only book I'd ever read with aro-ace representation and I thought it was done so well! Here's a more in-depth review on what I liked and disliked in this book and a short summary (from Goodreads) if you haven't heard of it:


Summary:

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?


What I liked:
  •  LGBTQ+ representation. Like all of Alice's books, there is so much queer rep in Loveless but it doesn't just stop at the gay best friend trope. We see identities that aren't often presented to us in the media, such as: pansexuality, non-binary identities and (obviously) aromanticism and asexuality
  •  Even though I'm not aro-ace I found it quite relatable. I'm queer and I really feel out of place and weird in this strange heteronormative world sometimes. Georgia questioning herself and thinking that she has something wrong with her will be relatable to soooooo many LGBTQ+ people
  •  Durham! The way Alice describes it is so cool and aesthetic it makes me want to go there one day
       What I didn't like:
  •  Some scenes just felt kind of unnecessary. This is a very petty thing but the beginning was mainly just introducing the characters and then a stupid and embarrassing event, which ended up with someone's arm on fire and it just felt boring and I wished we could just get on with the story
  •  Everything about it was quite predictable. I've read a lot about this book before i got it so maybe this is just me. The stuff about Rooney's past in particular was very predictable.
So overall, it was an amazing book and I'm so grateful that I received an arc. I'd recommend it for anyone looking into the aro-ace experience. 

Lizzie ❤📚

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