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LOVELESS is a book that made me feel so seen, and I love it for that.
This novel follows Georgia as she goes through a journey of figuring out her sexuality and learning to accept and love herself. It's never crossed Georgia's mind that she may be aroace shes always just assumed - as everyone says - that eventually the right person will come along and she'll fall in love. Shes tired of waiting so decides that upon starting uni she's going to put herself out there more, only whilst she loves the idea of romance and sex she starts to realise that she can never quite imagine it for herself.
Georgia's coming to terms with her sexuality was very relatable to me in so many ways but especially in how she confuses platonic love for romance, and how crushed she feels coming to the realisation that as a lover of romance she'll never get to experience it for herself. I loved seeing my experiences reflected in Georgia and seeing how she was able to overcome this sadness and learn to love herself.
Seeing Georgia learn to accept her identity and realise that she wont ever be loveless because platonic love is just as important was truly such a wonderful thing to see (and did make me tear quite up a bit).
I did have some slight issues in that I would've liked more discussion on the ace spectrum. Georgia is sex repulsed which is totally valid but not all ace people are, and many ace people do have sex, I would've liked this to be acknowledged. All aroace experiences are different and they are all valid.
I also didn't like how Rooney's love of casual sex was in the end attributed to her using it as a coping method rather than just a love of sex cause some people do just love to have sex and I'm so tired of books always vilianizing casual sexual experiences.
Overall, I adored this and I'm so glad I was able to read it. It's not a perfect book but it was so important to me and I know it will be for many others too.
‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman tells the story of 18-year-old Georgia’s journey of self-discovery. It begins with her about to leave for University – a pivotal moment in her life, the first time living away from home and a catalyst for change. She’s going with her two best friends, but university will push her beyond these familiar friendships. Georgia has never had a boyfriend or girlfriend. But she decides it is at university where she’ll find someone to fall in love with and get to experience the romance her parents have. People keep telling her that her time will come and there is someone out there for her. Georgia is fed up with waiting for that time and person. She’s determined to throw herself into a university social life and find the destiny she’s seen in the countless rom coms she’s watched and read. But things don’t go smoothly or how she’d imagined. Her feelings don’t fit into anything she knows, causing her to berate and question herself. A new friend introduces her to the university Pride society where she first hears the terms asexual and aromantic. As Georgia becomes more confused about her love life, or lack of, desperation leads her to make questionable choices.
I’ve not seen other young adult books with an asexual protagonist and rarely see a minor character who is. This story brings understanding and much needed awareness. A loved one tells me how wonderful it is to finally see herself in a character and their experiences. She wishes she’d had this book to read a few years ago whilst struggling in a similar way to Georgia. She says that now, if someone doesn’t understand, she’ll refer them to read ‘Loveless’. I’m grateful to Alice Oseman for writing this book for her sake and because it has increased my own understanding. ‘Loveless’ is about far more than sexuality. Through an absorbing plot, and with a cast of loveable, entertaining characters, it’s a book about self-discovery, self-acceptance, friendship and finding yourself in a society where you feel the odd one, only to discover you have a place as exactly who you are. Heartachingly honest, compassionate and amusing in turns, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’ve already bought two copies and will be lending, gifting, and recommending it further.
This book is wonderful. As an asexual, aromantic myself I was overjoyed when I found this book. The representation of Georgia's self discovery, and her coming out to her friends is perfect. I was nodding along and smiling. I read this book in a day, I couldn't put it down. Not only do I relate to Georgia's sexuality, I relate to her personality. We need more characters like Georgia! more books to represent aro-ace. Finishing this book was bittersweet. I felt like the author had taken all the thoughts out of my head and wrote them on paper. It felt a if the book was one gigantic hug. I didn't want it to end.. I really hope a movie is produced of this.
absolutely fantastic story and lovely characters and events. loved to see myself represented however i would recommend that you read when in a good mental space. Georgia's internal monologue hating herself for being forever alone kept reminding me of the thoughts and anxieties i had when i realised i was ace so be sure that you are prepared of that
A wonderful exploration of figuring out your identity, friendships and university. Alice Oseman doesn’t know how to write a bad book. Each of the characters in this book has flaws and it makes them even more loveable. This is a bunch of kids I’d love to be friends with! I thought the scene with the cousin was BRILLIANT.
This book was recommended to me by an aromantic asexual friend who says it's their favourite book ever, and it is absolutely amazing. I'm aroace myself and it really resonated with me. I actually read the entire thing in one sitting, I couldn't put it down! I've never seen myself in a character like this before. I loved the representation and I loved the university setting, it's such a new and confusing time. I almost cried more than once - it was funny, moving, and so incredibly relatable. I really can't stress enough how wonderful it was to see my own thoughts right there on the page. I will echo the warning of others that Georgia's initial sadness and anger may be triggering or upsetting, if also painfully relatable. Overall just a really lovely, heart-warming read. I can't recommended it enough!