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ARC Review + Giveaway: Let’s Talk About Love

January 22, 2018

22718738Release Date: January 23, 2018
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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.

 

Let’s Talk About Love is the latest addition to the Swoon Reads line! I’m a huge fan of this line so I was excited to read this novel, especially with all the great things I’ve been hearing about it.

One of the highlights of Let’s Talk About Love is the representation! First, Alice is a biromantic ace and a black woman! The love interest is a Japanese man. The whole cast of minor characters is filled with POC and LGBTQ+. While I am not a POC or part of the LGBTQ+ community, this representation matters and I am so happy that others are finding mirrors within this novel. Also, I love how much issues are addressed within the novel!

Alice is such a cute main character! I adored her Cute Codie, Alice’s way to classify her reactions to aesthetics and cuteness. Alice lives with her best friends and together they really do take on the meaning of creating your own family. Her best friends are fleshed out characters and it was great seeing them as such an important part of her life.

One part I struggled with was the writing style. It’s written in third person past POV, which I am not a fan of for contemporary reads. I’ve just always had a difficult time getting into this POV. Another part that was hard to get behind was Takumi, the love interest. There were parts about that I liked, but there were also parts that got on my nerves.

Overall, Let’s Talk About Love is full of important representation and many people will enjoy it!

My Rating:

*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*

 

About Claire

Claire Kann hails from the glorious Bay Area where the weather is regrettably not nearly as temperate as it used to be. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE is her debut novel.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Giselle January 22, 2018 at 7:05 AM

    Thanks for being on the tour! Glad you liked it! 🙂

    • Reply Jordan January 22, 2018 at 8:20 AM

      Thanks, Giselle!

  • Reply Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic January 22, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Thanks for the chance! I’m super excited to read this book 🙂

    • Reply Jordan January 22, 2018 at 8:20 AM

      Yay!! Good luck! I hope you love it when you get the chance to read it!

  • Reply Danielle Hammelef January 22, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    I can’t wait to read this book. The cover is super fun and cute too!

    • Reply Jordan January 22, 2018 at 8:21 AM

      YES! I love the cover!! So fun!

  • Reply Karlita January 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    This is on my list. Can’t wait to read it and I super love the cover.

    • Reply Jordan January 22, 2018 at 9:28 AM

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it! I love the cover so much, too!

  • Reply Karen January 25, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    I have this but I’ve heard similar thoughts about the love interest and it’s making me wary. I might give it a go next week so I can see for myself.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 9:43 PM

      You should definitely give it a try! Others have loved it and it includes a lot of important diversity rep!

  • Reply Chauncey Rogers January 25, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    That’s interesting that you prefer a certain voice for the contemporary genre. But I suppose that makes sense! I often don’t like 1st person present-tense, but when it’s contemporary I usually have an easier time being okay with it.
    Great review!

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 9:41 PM

      Yeah! I usually like third person for fantasy books as that allows for more descriptive writing and world building.

  • Reply Kavita (Avid Bibliophile) January 27, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Great review! I agree, I’m so happy we’re seeing more diverse rep in YA novels – it’s much needed!

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 9:39 PM

      Thanks, Kavita! Diversity really is necessary and I’m glad more stories are starting to be published, but there needs to be much more!

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