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.

Synopsis

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!

Have you read Loveless? What did you like most about it? Also, if you haven’t: read it!

48 thoughts on “Loveless by Alice Oseman // messy teens, Shakespeare and shenanigans – aka the book currently owning my heart

  1. this book. this book means everything to me.

    aside from being a great book that made me laugh (and maybe cry), this was the first book where i felt truly seen. aro/ace rep is few and far between, so a book with 4 a-spec characters, who are all written like normal, loveable, three dimensional people? *chef’s kiss*

    georgia is me in so many ways, she is so relatable. and i love that she has flaws, she makes mistakes, and for the most of the book, she’s questioning herself and her identity. (characters that are questioning are also few and far between and it’s sad). her and her friends are all that i aspire to be. the goal is to live like that wonderful rooney quote you showed.

    anyway i’m glad you loved the book as it means so much to me and i wish more people knew about it!!! sorry i wrote an essay

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    1. Ahh yes, yes and yes! This was actually the first book I read with a-spec characters and this was so good. I know, I wish there were more questioning characters in fiction as well! Georgia was so relatable I loved her character. I’m so glad you loved this book!!!
      Don’t apologise to long comments I love them😊

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  2. omg jan!!! heartstopper owns my entire heart, and nick and charlie are EVERYTHING 🥺🤍 alice oseman also writes the most realistic characters and conversations, so i’m really glad you enjoyed loveless, and i can’t wait to read it soon! lovely review 💖💖

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  3. Aaaaahh, reading this review made me so happy, Jan 😊🥰 As you already know, I also absolutely loved this book – despite thinking a few things could have been done even better, this is by far my favorite thing Alice Oseman has ever written (Which isn’t to say the others are bad – go read Heartstopper! It’s so adorable! 🥰). I related to Georgia so much, and yesss, the friendships were everything!! I just want a Rooney in my life! And all the Shakespeare! 😍

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  4. I LOVED THIS BOOK TOO!!! I’ve seen several (aroace or aroace spec) people who didn’t like it, but (as an aroace spec person) I really enjoyed it! Aaaaaaaah that quote was SO GOOD, I’m pretty sure I put it in my goodreads updates but had to chop it in three because it was so long lol but YES. I LOVED that quote. We need these friendships. The friends were definitely the best part about this book, I loved them so much. I’m really happy you enjoyed this!

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  5. ahhh lovely review! Loveless holds a special place in my heart because of its amazing representation. I really got Georgia and related to her a lot – and I adored the descriptions of her uni, it made me actually miss being at university haha. Glad to see you really enjoyed it too!

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  6. Great review! I haven’t read Loveless yet, but it looks so good. It’s sad how few books have aro/ace representation in them. Hopefully there will be more in the future.

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  7. oh my god, i love that both you and jason were trees for a midsummer night’s dream! that’s such a coincidence!

    i have never done theater in my life, but i do love reading about it. i think it stems from my obsession with high school musical and it makes me very happy whenever i read books about it, which is why i was so excited about this element in loveless.

    likewise, the platonic relationships in here just made my heart melt. one thing you mentioned that i’d never given much thought to, but it’s SO true, is how the characters in alice oseman’s work truly do sound like teenagers. i also love how authentic they are and how the author always goes in depth in the university experience.

    i’m so glad you enjoyed this one as well!

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    1. That line surprised me so much. Like, what are the odds?
      I haven’t read any books featuring people who do drama, so this was a first. Also I’m one of the 1% of people who haven’t watched high school musical *shrugs*. the characters surprised me by making me love all of them, and they sound so much like teens. I’m excited to start on the rest of Alice oseman’s books, and I’m glad you liked this book as well!

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  8. I just received this book in the mail and I am unbelievably excited to dive in and this review only made me even more so! theatre kid energy?? my bff billius?? friendship?? yessss to all of the above!! ahaha I also love that you are Jason both were trees lol! when I was in a midsummers nights dream I was the prologue and it was… interesting to say the least!! thank you so much for your review, I can’t wait to dive into loveless!!

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