Review: Loveless by Alice Oseman
Loveless is a frank look at the life of a young woman who experiences neither sexual nor romantic attraction. Written by the author of the Heartstopper series of graphic novels, there are strong themes of self-acceptance and coming out when your sexuality is one that many have never heard of.
On the whole this was an entertaining read with some very humorous moments. My only real complaint is that with the message that friendships can be just as lasting and as important as relationships, it's a bit limiting that Georgia only makes two friends over the course of an entire year at university and both of those are with people who are more or less thrown her way--her roommate Rooney, who has problems of her own, and her slightly older and wiser 'college parent' Sunil. While these friendships are clearly an important part of the story, surely the lack of other characters, even as 'outer circle' friends undermines the message a bit? However, it's pleasing to see that, finally, someone took the time to write a book about something that is a very real and valid experience for many people. And the best part? It doesn't end with Georgia being 'cured' or finding her first love.
Written for the right reasons, this will almost certainly please fans of the author and may be an excellent resource for teens who are asexual or think that they may be asexual.