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Let's Talk About Love
Let's Talk About Love | Claire Kann
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Alice is secretly asexual, and that's the least important thing about her.She's a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single-nope, that's a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore-as long as it doesn't lead to having sex.After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she's done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn't seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn't know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there's something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk...
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paisleyjess
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Mehso-so

I had a hard time connecting with this character for a bunch of reasons and that made it hard to stay invested.

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BookishGirl06
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Mehso-so

I thought it was cute and good representation for asexuality. Wasn‘t a fan of her best friend, but other than that, it was cool to see a black asexual biromantic MC

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BookishGirl06
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This will more than likely be my last read of June

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PuddleJumper
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Ok, ok I have a lot of feelings about this book. First off I have never related more to a character or book. This made me feel so warm inside and I did want to squee all the way through it

It's a light hearted book that actually goes into asexuality and identity, healthy communication, loving yourself and letting other people love you, and deconstructing societal norms

Great book, would recommend

SRWCF I thought your 😺 was a skunk at first! 🤣 12mo
PuddleJumper @SRWCF 🤣🤣🤣🤣 12mo
SRWCF @PuddleJumper I have a pet chicken that has white feathers on her head. When people first see her from afar, they think I have a bald eagle as a pet! 12mo
PuddleJumper @SRWCF Awww, that's adorable! 12mo
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Kenyazero
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I'm joining @Andrew65 in #12Booksof2021, sharing the remaining months all at once! This book was a huge surprise for me. I've never read a book about an ace character before, and it was amazing reading someone's experience that is similar to mine (I'm a-spec too). The writing is also really fun, and I adored the characters. Bonus points for librarians. #LGBTQ #2021WrapUp

Andrew65 A great choice. 13mo
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maich
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My first book last year was A Charming Mass Suicide
My last book last year was Let's Talk About Love

#firstlast #lastfirst @BookNAround

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Kenyazero
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I finally finished my August book stack drawing! These are most of the books I read in August, minus comic issues and picture books. The stack also combined all of the Shortcake volumes. My favorite from this month would have to be Let‘s Talk About Love.

I think I‘ll skip September and October for now so that I can start my November stack and hopefully not fall as far behind this time!

#Bookstack #BookDrawing

Bookzombie I love your drawing! 1y
ju.ca.no Wow😍 1y
Kenyazero @Bookzombie @ju.ca.no Thanks! These are a lot of fun to make. 1y
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Kenyazero
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I absolutely adored this book. I've been wanting a book with ace representation for a while because I realized I've never read one, which is silly because I fall somewhere on the asexual/graysexual/demisexual spectrum. I didn't expect to see my experiences so vividly portrayed in Alice. It was painful at times, validating at others, and such a delightful read the whole way through. Glad I'm not the only ace who often feels broken but not broken.

Kenyazero I just remembered there's an ace character in The Diviners, and even though Mr. Frosty Pants was terrible it also had a demisexual character... so this isn't the first book with ace rep I've read, just the most impactful! 1y
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TheBiasedBibliophile
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I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, but most importantly, it really goes in depth about asexuality. Overall, this is a cute and lighthearted book that simultaneously makes serious statements about identity and asexuality. This is definitely a book that everyone should read, and I would especially recommend it for those who are looking to read more books with ace characters!

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slategreyskies
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I really liked this book, liked both Alice and Takumi and enjoyed reading a romance without a focus on sex. All around, a great ace book. Recommended!! #ace #asexual #LGBTQIA 💜🤍🖤

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slategreyskies
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Current read! Loving it so far! #audiocleaning

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ozma.of.oz
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💜🤍🖤💜🤍🖤 I cannot even begin to describe how much I wish I had had a book like this growing up. I was so convinced I was broken or sick or wrong. I was 21 the first time I read the word asexual, and I broke down crying.

#IntegrateYourShelf @ChasingOm

slategreyskies This sounds really good. Added! :) 💜🤍🖤 2y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Sweet romance with ace main character! I related to Alice more than a few times through this YA novel and I really enjoyed her story. I'm excited to read more of Kann's work!

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HufflepuffBruja
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Not obsessed with this book at all 😂😂😂😂 First read on audio last year, then again a few months later because I needed my fluff book again, then bought the paperback and read it AGAIN a few months after that. I later bought the audio, and just now, to complete the collection, I bought the ebook cuz why the hell not, and it's on sale 😬

#ace #romcom #ya #fluff

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Kdchase
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I got to a restaurant way early for the meet up, so I ordered a beer and started this book since I left my current reads at home and DAMN. Three pages in and I had tears in my eyes. I‘ll say it again: representation matters. I‘m shook to see someone like me in print, to read the same experiences I had in college. 👏

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kachastacha
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"Wherever I am, you are always welcome."

#letstalkaboutlove #acerace #lgbt+

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HufflepuffBruja
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Finished in April 2020 (mostly audio this month due to work):
#WhenDimpleMetRishi🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
#BorrowedSouls (#SoulCharmer 1)⭐⭐⭐⭐
#DarkTriumph🎧 (#HisFairAssassin 2)⭐⭐⭐⭐😱
#TheHauntingofTramCar015⭐⭐⭐⭐
#TrulyDevious🎧 (Truly Devious 1)⭐⭐⭐⭐
#NoPlotNoProblem⭐⭐⭐⭐
#LetsTalkAboutLove🎧⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#TheVanishingStair🎧 (Truly Devious 2)⭐⭐⭐⭐
#TheHandOnTheWall🎧 (Truly Devious 3)⭐⭐⭐

April Favorite: Let's Talk About Love 😍 (I ❤ it with my entire soul)

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Shay
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Although written in the third person, Claire Kann‘s style makes the narrative feel personal, and her chatty voice is filled with bracketed asides. As a character, Alice is well-defined beyond her asexuality. She loves television, and her hobby is writing critical essays about her favourite programs. She loves food, but can‘t cook to save her life.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2020/07/14/lets-talk-about-love/

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WellReadCatLady
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Relaxing read before bed

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dariazeoli
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l wanted to share this campaign as I really liked this book about an #asexual girl, yesterday was Asexual Pride Day, and the author‘s June royalties will be donated to National Bail Out. Check her site for the details and spread the word!

clairekann.com

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TieDyeDude
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB

1. I first thought of the tagged book, because asexuals don't get much ink, but I don't know how the author identifies. Sarah Gailey's American Hippo is great, though.
2. Purple/violet, will before I knew it was the ace color 🙂
3. Helping others. I volunteer regularly and donate blood as often as I can.
4. Join in if you care to @VioletBramble @UnidragonFrag @Librariana

@4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

Librariana Thank you for the tag! 😊 I think this was just the kind of gentle push I needed to get back to Litsy sharing after an unintentional hiatus 😁 I am also a fan of 💜 (purple)! 3y
Megabooks Thanks for choosing an asexual book! 👍🏻💕 3y
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RiaWritten
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Getting ready for the upcoming semester like oh snap I gotta read a new YA book every week. I'm excited and scared. 🙀😻🙀😻

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ReadingOver50
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I was excited to read this book because it features an asexual main character. We get in-depth descriptions of how Alice feels about sex. To the point where I felt the author was trying to educate the reader about asexuality at the expense of a plot. This is a young adult book and the immaturity Alice and her friends really shines through. I loved her romance with Takumi, but hated her childish relationship with her best friend. 3 stars.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Cute book 😊 I‘m definitely learned a lot more about Asexuality/being Asexual 5/5

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khooliha
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Bailedbailed

I am always excited for asexual rep, but as an ace person myself the early going of this book was a bit explain-y. Then, 50 pages in, the MC's best friend suggests fucking someone and I gotta say, it rubbed me the wrong way. And while they did eventually discuss grey-ace as a possible orientation, I don't love that this knowledge comes from a non-ace person. I dunno, this book is not for me.

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Bookish_Gal
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Nice and slow following a college student trying to make self of where she is going attraction wise. I connected with Alice in this way the struggles she has with her friends halfway through felt so solid in reality that it made me rethink my relationship with a couple friends over the importance of the same issue

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Bookish_Gal
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I love how Alice went and spoke with a therapist about her search for understanding her orientation- as well as for help understanding her attraction to the new boy. Makes me think of hat would be best for me

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rjsthumbelina
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My third book finished today! This book is so unique, with such interesting representation. As someone who has recently come to terms with being on the asexuality spectrum, reading a romance book about an ace main character was a great experience. I would recommend it to everyone to help you understand. But also, Takumi and Alice have the sweetest relationship in the world and I love them! All the character relationships here are great ❤️

Megabooks I‘m on the ace spectrum, too, and am in the process of coming out. This is on my TBR. 💙 4y
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xicanti
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I want to have strong feelings about this, but I just... don‘t. In theory, I love the asexual rep, the cuteness, the intersectionality, and the variety of relationships Alice navigates. In practice, I‘m struggling to drum up some concrete reactions I can share with you.

I guess I think this is a good early days effort for mainstream ace fiction, but I hope the books that come after it will hit me harder on a personal level.

suzisteffen SAME. I kept thinking, “This is going to become awesome at some point, right?” But ... nope. 4y
xicanti @suzisteffen I mean, it wasn‘t BAD. It was just... not sparkly. And I really wanted it to be. 😔 4y
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ferskner
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Meh. I finished this only a couple of weeks ago and I had to look up the description to remind myself what it was about. Not a good sign.

I like that asexual teens can find representation here, but Alice's relationships were her friends and family are strange (and borderline abusive), and the "cute" parenthetical phrases got old fast. And don't get me started on how library work is portrayed. The cover is great through!

#pop19 #debutnovel

8little_paws Yeah I hated the best friend!!! 4y
ferskner @8little_paws Right??? And her family was so awful! Alice's cutesy-ness grated on me too, though. I kept forgetting I was reading about an adult and imagined her as a 15 year old. 4y
bookandcat Sorry to bump an old thread but I just DNF'd this book solely because the parentheses were driving me BANANAS. They kept interrupting my reading flow. I a 3y
bookandcat *I am bummed because I wanted to like this book a lot! I think the representation is important... 3y
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makingitupdaily
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This was an overall exceptional novel worth reading. There were a few bits that bothered me with the writing/ characterization but it is a really engaging story that drags you in.

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glitterkitty459
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I definitely enjoyed this one, though it wasn't perfect.
The main character was at times very irritating.. But Takumi is MY new book boyfriend 💕😄
The narration on the audio was great as well

#romance #lgbt + #asexualMC #contemporary #diversereads #audiobook

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hissingpotatoes
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2/5⭐ I appreciated what this book tried to do, but not how. The characters were annoying. Public library work is consistently described as boring & easy, which is aggravatingly false. Multiple times Alice's boss inappropriately crossed boundaries, none called out. Alice's family's horrible treatment of her is passed off as love.

I did like the exploration of asexuality and positive portrayal of therapy. #projectnew #blackathon #contemporaryathon

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh no, that's so annoying to hear about the depiction of public library work. Arg!! 4y
ferskner My feelings EXACTLY about this book. Plus her bizarre relationship with her best friend. 4y
hissingpotatoes @ferskner Yes! At some points it was cute and supportive, and then there was a tickle scene that made me O_o 4y
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TieDyeDude
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This may be considered a bit of a *SPOILER* since it takes Alice a long time to say the right words, but I just love this quote. Asexuality isn't one thing, and I don't exactly share her exact hesitations, but this is the kind of book I wish were available to me growing up.
More generally, the book is pretty great. A bit slow at the start (I almost started skimming), but it gets good and provide a unique plot structure that avoids many cliches.

Amiable Love your black kitty! I have one, too. 😻 4y
sprainedbrain Great review! 4y
kspenmoll Love that quote & your review! 4y
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jmofo Thanks for sharing this. It‘s wonderful to find a book (or movie, whathaveyou) that speaks to you about the world, even if you didn‘t come across it sooner. 4y
TieDyeDude @Amiable Can't imagine how they got a bad rep! 4y
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Mccartershanon
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I‘m actually blown away by the ace rep in this book. The conversations between the characters were so open and positive and that was amazing to see. And I love how going to therapy was shown in a positive light, sometimes ya can struggle with that. I will say though that is book was WAY too fluffy for my liking 😂 but it was short so that can be forgiven

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SW-T
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A very #diverse and #intersectional novel. Alice is #black, #bisexual, and #asexual. There‘s a big age gap between her and her siblings, and her parents and siblings keep trying to run her life. Alice just wants to be Alice, loved, accepted, and understood for just being her. Luckily, she‘s got a couple of great friends, a new counselor, and there‘s a new employee at the #library who just might be the one to accept her as she is. A sweet read.

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xicanti
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This week's library haul. I'm excited LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE was on the shelf! Bring on the asexual romance!

I'm glad they finally bought some Sailor Moon, too. I mostly ignored the original when I was a kid because every episode I sampled ended with Tuxedo Mask saving the helpless girls and I was NOT about that life, but I've read enough media crit since then to think I got the wrong impression. Hopefully Crystal's good.

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PatienceFortitude
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A mostly cheerful story about self discovery and romance. I appreciated the focus on friendships and family, and navigating into romance… Some bits were awkward, even though charming

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PatienceFortitude
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I‘m enjoying this. It‘s a romance that pays good attention to friends and family as well as giddy smitten-ness.

PatienceFortitude But, oh man, I have to pause every few chapters to take a breather, Because even adorable awkwardness is really awkward 5y
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PassportBooks
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Alice has a crush on a boy, doesn't know what she wants to major in at college, and is in an ongoing fight with her two best friends who happen to be a couple. Alice is also asexual and although she is comfortable with who she is, she is less comfortable in telling people. It's diverse and intersectional. It is slow in parts but a overall a good debut novel.

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dariazeoli
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It was so nice to spend some time in Alice‘s life. Ace representation in books is hard to come by! I appreciated that this one dealt with familial, friend, and romantic relationships.

I‘ll be wondering how Alice is doing now that it‘s time to say goodbye.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mrozzz 💜💜💜💜 5y
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Sue
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I‘m loving the turns of phrase in this one!

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TheNextBook
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I finished! And it is so good! I loved that Black asexual representation! It starts off slow but once it gets into a groove it is hard to put down!

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TheNextBook
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Started this morning and so far so good! I‘m loving that the author is laying down the foundations of where Alice is emotionally in regards to wanting to be in a relationship and navigating being asexual. Also this cover is minimalistic and absolutely gorgeous! In love with it.

MidnightBookGirl This was a cute and sweet book! 5y
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Artsybookgirl
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Pride Read Number 3!

I really wanted to love this one, but sadly it just wasn't for me. The diversity was great, but I just didn't enjoy the writing style. That doesn't make this cover any less beautiful though! 😊

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devil93cry
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Hello my friends. I hope you are all enjoying your books. I am open for suggestion regarding the next book i want to read please guys that would be so nice

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Eyelit
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I just got to gush (rather inarticulately, I might add) about this book at my library‘s (#apl #atx) romance #bookclub

I loved this book. I wish it had existed when I was much younger cause my teen/young adult self could have used a book like this.

It‘s well written and Alice and Takumi are pretty damn awesome. I highly recommend.

Liatrek I love this cover so much❤️ I can‘t wait to read this one. 5y
dariazeoli I‘m glad to hear you loved it! I asked about it in my latest letter, which you should receive tomorrow 😊 5y
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kathytrithardt
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The Queer Lit Readathon starts at midnight! Here is my TBR pile, plus some extras. Details on my YouTube channel. #queerlitread

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Artsybookgirl
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I have a pretty ambitious TBR this month!🌈Hoping to get through as many of these as possible for Pride! ❤💛💚💙💜

Briary That's an excellent TBR for this month! 💪🌈 5y
Artsybookgirl @Briary Thank you :) I'm so excited about it! 🌈 5y
Bronte_Chintz What a fab idea! 🌈 5y
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