From the marvelous author of Heartstopper comes an exceptional YA novel about discovering that it's okay if you don't have sexual or romantic feelings for anyone . . . since there are plenty of other ways to find love and connection.
This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who doesn't understand why she can't crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She's surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It's not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum -- coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic. Disrupting the narrative that she's been told since birth isn't easy -- there are many mistakes along the way to inviting people into a newly found articulation of an always-known part of your identity. But Georgia's determined to get her life right, with the help of (and despite the major drama of) her friends.
My heart broke for Georgia as we see her struggling to figure out why she’s not like everyone else around her. As she begins to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ world, she learns about being asexual/aromantic. It’s hard for her to accept at first, but as she grows, she learns that she isn’t the only one in the world like her. Most importantly, she learns that love can come in many forms.
Georgia is such a sweet character. She was a joy to read about, and I was left with a book hangover, craving more of her and her friends when I finished the book. She’s incredibly loving and decent to her friends. She’s not afraid to allow herself to become vulnerable and she’s accepting of others who may not be like her. She doesn’t judge Pip for being gay or Rooney for jumping from guy to guy. Georgia just loves them as they are. That’s her strongest point as a character and it’s completely beautiful to read about. For a book called LOVELESS, it’s awfully full of love. Watching Georgia discover that for herself was amazing to read about and completely warmed my heart.
What left me wanting more:
This book was perfectly perfect. I can’t think of anything like it that I’ve read before. It’s a masterfully written unique story full of heart. As a grown woman, I can’t say that anything left me wanting more. It might feel a bit adult for younger audiences though. The characters are in college for most of the book, but it’s labeled as YA. There’s quite a bit of drinking and more adult themes of sexuality. I’d recommend this book for older teens.
The final verdict:
LOVELESS is a beautiful story of love and devotion between friends and a young girl’s journey to find where she fits in the world. You won’t be able to put it down, and you won’t be disappointed. You may even learn something new along the way.