This is my first Alice Oseman book, peeps, and I’m so happy to say it won’t be the last. Read on if you want to know my thoughts!
Disclaimer: this review is spoiler free.
It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?
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 with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate 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 other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.
I mean, I was pretty sure I was gonna like this when I saw that Comedy of Errors reference in the blurb. But then I read the book and just headfirst fell in love with it. What else would you expect when an introverted ace theatre kid reads a book about an introverted ace theatre kid just figuring out her life?
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The main character is Georgia. She’s the ‘quiet one’ who listens while her best friends do the talking, she starts out insecure as heck, she acts comic relief characters in Shakespeare plays and she’s firmly in the camp that thinks sex is overrated. Also, Alice Oseman just wrote half my life story here.
I didn’t just love Georgia and her journey. The side characters were the next best part of the story. Pip is energetic and vivacious and Jason is the sweetest guy on earth, and these two are Georgia’s best friends. Rooney is Georgia’s extroverted roommate in the university who befriends her right away. Sunil is an older university student and Georgia and Rooney’s ‘college parent’. They’re also Indian and non binary.
I just. Loved. Love.
I can’t see another way to start this review other than to scream I LOVED THIS! BOOK!! It was really relatable and satisfying. The characters all speak and text like actual teenagers. They overreact but none of it reads like petty drama. They’ve got a truckload of idiosyncrasies that I could relate to, like being (slightly) obsessed with Shakespeare drama clubs and giving houseplants names.
On the matter of Shakespeare – acting was a big part of my life pre-COVID (although I doubt I’ll be able to get back to it cuz I’ll be finishing school in a matter of months). You know that moment when you’re in the Shakespeare drama club of an all girls school and you’ve got characters flirting and kissing and it all looks very gay but it isn’t because it’s just acting? (LOL) But now make it actually gay…and you get this book. It’ll literally make you say dude, that was intense but wow, it was awesome as heck.
Aside from that, Loveless honestly discusses heteronormativity, asexuality, peer pressure and sex, about how people automatically give friendship the ‘second place’ when they enter a romance. I loved how this book focused on friendships, which made me wish I had friends like Pip, Rooney and Jason.
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Also, some quotes I loved:
Give your friendships the magic you would give a romance. Because they’re just as important. Actually, for us, they’re way more important.
Next one is sorta spoilerish so skip over it if you haven’t read the book, but I loved this one so much I just had to include it here:
‘Georgia, I am never going to stop being your friend. And I don’t mean that in the boring average meaning of ‘friend’ where we stop talking regularly when we’re twenty-five because we’ve both met nice young men and gone off to have babies, and only get to meet up twice a year. I mean I’m going to pester you to buy a house next door to me when we’re forty-five and have finally saved up enough for our deposits. I mean I’m going to be crashing round yours every night for dinner because you know I can’t fucking cook to save my life, and if I’ve got kids and a spouse, they’ll probably come round with me, because otherwise they’ll be living on chicken nuggets and chips. I mean I’m going to be the one bringing you soup when you text me that you’re sick and can’t get out of bed and ferrying you to the doctor’s even when you don’t want to go because you feel guilty about using the NHS when you just have a stomach bug. I mean we’re gonna knock down the fence between our gardens so we have one big garden, and we can both get a dog and take turns looking after it. I mean I’m going to be here, annoying you, until we’re old ladies, sitting in the same care home, talking about putting on a Shakespeare because we’re all old and bored as shit.’
Unrelated, but this:
“You remember in Year Ten when I had to be a tree in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
This is getting scary, but me too, Jason! Year ten, tree, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. How is this even possible?
My final rating: ★★★★★(five stars!)
If you want more Shakespeare related content, check out my post on my favourite Shakespeare plays!