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304 pages, ebook
First published January 23, 2018
"If knowing you’re asexual makes someone see you differently, then they don’t deserve to be in your life.”
Bonus #1: Did you guys know that the colors on the cover of this book are actually the colors of the Asexuality Flag (I didn’t)? I’ve already learned something new without even having opened the book yet. Talk about impactful.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Bonus #2: Notice the card on the spine? So much thought went into the appearance of this book, wow.
"In middle school, she had pretended to have a crush on Patrick Furlong so she would have someone to talk about, too."YUP.
Love shouldn’t hinge solely on exposing your physical body to another person. Love was intangible. Universal. It was whatever someone wanted it to be and should be respected as such. For Alice, it was staying up late and talking about nothing and everything and anything because you didn’t want to sleep—you’d miss them too much. It was catching yourself smiling at them because wow, how does this person exist?? before they caught you. It was the intimacy of shared secrets. The comfort of unconditional acceptance. It was a confidence in knowing no matter what happened that person would always be there for you.I didn't expected this book to be this much romantic, but to be honest, this romance was one of the cutest one I've read. It's cheesy, wayyy too much cute and full of cliches. And I fucking loved it. I loved both Takumi and Alice and their romantic scenes were so amazing. There was insta attractionbetween these two but what follows is the extremely cute slowest-burn friendship/romance . I loved how Alice and Takumi had great communication and made it clear what they want from each other.
”Life could be cruel. But it could also be wonderful.”
”Sex... was like jogging. All the people in the world could say it’s so amazing and great for you, but if you don’t care about jogging, you’d rather spend your time with a Netflix queue and a box of donuts.”
”’You smell all minty.’
‘Just like Ron and Hermione,’ she mumbled.”
”They stopped for lunch, sitting on the floor and using upturned boxes as tables. [sic]
(A large pizza – half extra cheese, half pineapple, and real bacon. Not that Canadian stuff.)
(It’s ham. Canadian bacon is literally ham.).”
”Any time they were alone he pounced like a sly, scavenging hyena.”That really threw me off and I was like???? That’s creepy????? And not romantic??? I mean the writing then goes on to talk about how hyenas are actually super cute and totally misunderstood!! But still. When I hear a guy being compared to “a sly, scavenging hyena,” that doesn’t really make me think ‘aw!!!! how romantic!!!’ it makes me think that this man is a creep and he needs to stay far, far away from the main character who I have grown to love and want to protect.
”’Do you even like him?’Once again, not romantic, and all-around kind of creepy. Liking someone by default because they don’t give you enough air to breathe is Not Good. And I wasn’t even getting those kind of vibes from Takumi and Alice’s relationship, which makes this quote, honestly, unneeded. It’s a cute relationship with cute development and this quote a) makes Takumi sound like a stalker, which he isn’t; and b) perpetuates the idea that if you bug someone long enough and don’t leave them alone, they will eventual grow to care for you.
‘He won’t leave me alone to dislike him in peace so yeah, I guess.’”
“Love shouldn’t hinge solely on exposing your physical body to another person. Love was intangible. Universal. It was whatever someone wanted it to be and should be respected as such.”