Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 in a whole new town, with her best friends Pip and Jason, Georgia’s ready to find romance. With her outgoing roommate Rooney 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 others but not for her. With new terms being brought to her attention – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever!
Alice Oseman has done it once again and written an absolutely incredible novel that I flew right the way through. This is an own voices novel from Alice and having watched Alice’s writing journey for Loveless, I cannot tell you how much I admire her bravery and strength to bring this story into the world.
Georgia’s story is heavily inspired by Alice Oseman’s own personal experiences growing up and discovering her sexuality. So, going into this it is immediately obvious that everything that Georgia goes through is very true-to-life and realistic.
The characters in Loveless are spectacular. Alice has once again captured an adolescent voice perfectly. The dynamics between the characters in Loveless is so wonderful and felt so real. It almost felt like you knew the characters personally and this made me adore them even more. Loveless shows the reader that platonic love can be just as magical as romance an even beyond that.
Georgia, Rooney, Pip, Jason as well as Sunil are characters I’ll remember for a long time. They all have their own story arcs, they are all well written and well-rounded and felt very realistic. It shows just how much thought Alice Oseman puts into her characters. The directional rivalry full of sexual tension between Pip and Rooney was such a fun and exciting storyline to read. There is also a battle on a bouncey castle, strong opinions on Scooby-Doo and so much more. This small unlikely group of friends figuring out themselves and who they are whilst trying to save a Shakespeare Society are so wonderful to read about.
The sexuality explored in this book is exceptional. As a straight cis white woman I often take for granted that I’ve never had to question who I am and what is expected of me. Loveless has helped me understand the LGBTQ+ community and their struggles a lot more, especially how aro-ace people deal with discovering their sexuality. Alice Oseman makes this book accessible to not only the LGBTQ+ community but their allies too. This book shows characters questioning their sexuality and figuring out who they are. If you are aro-ace I’m sure you will find yourself in Georgia and her story. But beyond that I think we can all take something from Loveless.
I will be forever grateful for Alice’s book and the joy that they bring me. Alice’s writing style is spectacular and realistic. I love watching her grow as an author whit each novel her releases and cannot wait to see what is next!
Overall, I highly recommend Loveless to everyone out there. It is a joy to read, beautiful and one I’m sure will be a favourite of mine for years to come!