loveless – alice oseman, Scholastic Press, 2021. 9781338751932
Format: Paperback ARC (pub 11/2021)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? Georgia, Pip and Jason have been best friends since 7th grade. Now they are graduating high school and going on to Durham University. Georgia gets a roommate, Rooney, while Pip and Jason get their own rooms in a different building. Though very different, Georgia and Rooney become friends. Georgia is quiet and shy, Rooney very outgoing. Georgia does not know where she belongs sexually. Is she attracted to males? (She has not had her first kiss.) With Rooney’s guidance she tries to see if she is attracted to Jason – which ends in a disaster, doing great damage to their friendship. Is she attracted to females like Pip is? No. She discovers that she is Asexual, not attracted to anyone, male or female and also that she is Aromantic, meaning she has no interest in romantic relationships. This is difficult for her to accept discovering that she is not like others, yet in some ways, a relief.
The story is told in first person through Georgia who is such a beautiful individual who easily accepts other’s differences, as she probes her own identity and sexuality. The story provides great insight into the many sexual identities that make up the human race. The dynamics among the four leading characters is so interesting and realistic. Pip is Latinx and Sunil is Indian, others present as white.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to almost any high school student; there is much to learn about sexual and personal identity, and acceptance of others. It is also just a really good, well-written story. Required reading for grades 11-12?
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe, maybe not. I’m glad I didn’t miss it and you might be, too.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: August 19, 2021