This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on July 18, 2018
I spotted this book getting some attention a while back, but didn’t get the chance to investigate it closely at the time. Then, the audio version released and I caught sight of the blurb for the first time. Well look at this… a bi-racial, asexual heroine struggling with all the usual troubles that a fun-loving college gal who must decide on her career along with quirky friends, boisterous family, an ex, and a new chance at love. My interest was piqued and I dove in happily.
Alice has just broken up with her girlfriend Margot when Margot confronted her about the lack in their sex life. Admitting that she’s asexual had Margot out the door so now Alice fixated on coming to terms with who she is, but also dreaming of a special person who will accept all of her including her preference for romance without sex. In the meantime, she is fighting off her mom’s plan for her to choose the law as her career when she doesn’t want it, her bestfriend’s jealousy over a new friendship, and a blooming crush on a guy she meets at the library where she works. They have a lot of fun, but it gets complicated when deeper interest sets in and she’s faced with sharing the truth about her sexuality once again.
Let’s Talk About Love is dubbed a YA and it has that feeling much of the time though the characters are college age. It’s got a fun-loving and sweet quality to it even while touching on some deeper topics. The cultural references got me to giggling a couple times. I wouldn’t be doing it justice if I didn’t mention how well the author blended so many layers of diversity together from the sexual orientation to the ethnic background- or, at least, I thought so. The focus on ordinary and average lives and life issues kept the book’s pace gentle and meandering with little blips of excitement. I enjoyed Alice’s perky personality, the humor between friends and love interest, the close impact of family, and even Alice’s journey of personal growth.
There were a few niggles that kept this from being more enjoyable than it was. I confess that I did get bored a few times because not a lot was going on and things took a while to develop. I also felt that the ex was vilified when I actually thought Alice was wrong to hold back the truth as long as she did or look down on her ex for wanting a relationship involving sex. Her best bud, Feenie, raised my eyebrow now and again with her jealousy. Then, Alice’s new love interest, Takumi, had some stalker tendencies that made me uncomfortable a few times. They sound like a big deal mentioned altogether, but balanced against all the flirty, fun, humor, and personality of the story, it wasn’t as bad as it seems.
I enjoyed this book in audio format. Adenrele Ojo was a first time narrator for me. I thought she was fantastic. I saw this story so clearly the way she delivered it. Her pace, tone, genders, accents, and emotional timing was so good. She did all the light banter well. Her work definitely added depth to the book.
All in all, I had a good time. It made me laugh and smile and even better, think. I can’t say for sure if it described the people well, but I thought it rang true for the age, situation, orientation, and ethnic groups the characters represented. I would definitely read/listen again to more from the author and the narrator.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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