Loveless by Alice Oseman
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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?
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Loveless was one of my most highly anticipated novels of 2020, I am always looking for more own voices novels with aroace characters. However not only did Alice Oseman deliver one of the best aroace characters but they also detailed the main character, Georgia’s, entire exploration and discovery of being asexual and aromantic. This story is a learning curve for Georgia as well as the book’s readers, but it’s important to remember that Loveless tells the story of only one of many aroace experiences. For myself, Loveless exceeded any and all expectations I had, the realisation of being aroace unfolded so clearly around Georgia but it was the support group of friends that encompassed her that made reading Loveless the most heart-warming experience.
In my opinion, Alice Oseman’s writing has improved with each and every novel they write. Prior to reading Loveless, their third novel, I Was Born For This, was my favourite however Loveless has most definitely now stolen the top spot! Something I particularly love about Alice Oseman’s writing style is the short chapters with blunt yet at times hilariously relevant chapter titles, a few favourites from Loveless are; Shakespeare and House Plants, We Sure Do Love Drama, Straight Out of a Romance Novel and Could Have Gone Harder with the Pride Flags.
Loveless is an incredibly important novel, but it isn’t just a novel for aromantic and asexual people. Alice Oseman’s fourth novel focuses on the importance of platonic relationships for everyone. There will be times when romantic relationships fail, when marriages dissolve into divorce and partners quarrel and fall out with each other, it’s in these moments that you will realise the importance of your platonic relationships. It is just as essential to love your friends as it is to love your partner, to be there for your friends when they need you so they can also be there for you.
For anyone who’s attended a British university, I think you’ll find Alice Oseman’s depiction of university life incredibly realistic and relatable. Georgia and Rooney are thrown together as roommates on the very first day, and an illogical but fast friendship quickly develops as they tend to do at university. Every character in this story was perfectly written, each showed both their strengths and flaws throughout the book and discussed their own sexuality at their own pace. Georgia most definitely grew the most throughout the story due to her discovery of being aroace, however Rooney’s character also developed more self-confidence and understanding of what she wanted in life.
Loveless explores and discusses the aroace identity, platonic relationships, self-confidence, past relationships, sexuality, gender identity, pronouns and so much more. Alice Oseman has packed this novel with essential and enlightening conversations and I would recommend this novel to everyone!
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