Loveless by Alice Oseman
|Loveless by Alice Oseman|
|Reviewer: Olivia Mitchell|
|Summary: An addictive heartfelt, painful, honest and fun YA LGBTQ+ novel about a girl finding who she is as she begins her time at university. Very, very highly recommend.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 448||Date: July 2020|
|Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Georgia is a teenager who's embarking on her first year of university and is in a desperate struggle to figure herself out. She's always been in love with love. With the idea of love, the idea of falling madly for someone and finding bliss. But the reality for her has always been different. She's never had a crush. She's never been kissed. And she's desperate to feel something and fall for someone. But when the opportunity presents itself in any kind of real, tangible and physical way for her - she's disgusted by it. But isn't that what she's supposed to want? Isn't that what everyone is supposed to do? How come everyone else can do it? Why can't she?
Georgia Warr is a wonderful protagonist – painfully real and honest, intelligent, and heart wrenchingly confused. She's always loved the idea of love and yet can't experience it. She rockets through a rollercoaster of confusion, desperation, mistakes and self-hatred as she navigates her own sexuality. She cares very deeply about her friends and can't bear the thought of hurting them. She's empathetic to the extreme and a deeply loyal friend – even whilst she's in the depths of despair. Coming to terms with your own sexuality – no matter what it may be – can be a confusing and challenging process, and this was incredibly well written in Georgia. She's a protagonist you truly root for and care about.
The characters in this book are fantastic. They're all real, vibrant and loveable. Each character is as real as the protagonist, each with as much care and thought and history as the rest.
The book is split into 5 parts following the different stages of Georgia's first year at Durham, each filled with short and snappy chapters following the chaos of her self-discovery. I really enjoyed the layout of this book as it made it so easy to digest and I found myself completely absorbed for hours at a time. The book is very well written - the language is genuine and engaging, the story itself feels real and addictive.
This is an important and wonderful queer centric story about a sexuality that is so often overlooked in mainstream media that is honestly one of the most beautiful platonic love stories - or love stories full stop - that I've read.
It's a wonderfully rude, brave, and heart wrenching coming of age book about the moments in young life that define who we are - and how terrifying and fantastic they are.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman - a refreshingly original and incredibly relatable book by the same author.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard - a deeply involving friendship love story.
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