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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  6,307 ratings  ·  1,949 reviews
The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

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
Paperback, 435 pages
Published July 9th 2020 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
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Booger Queen As an aromantic asexual who really saw myself in this narrative, I can definitely say that I have found that - although it does depend on one's peer g…moreAs an aromantic asexual who really saw myself in this narrative, I can definitely say that I have found that - although it does depend on one's peer group - many people absolutely do think of kissing and sex as a rite of passage in high school, and can be very judgy of people who show disinterest in it. (less)
Kiki van Dijk Loveless does not have a US publisher (yet), so as long as that is the case, it will not come out in the US.
I would try ordering the British edition …more
Loveless does not have a US publisher (yet), so as long as that is the case, it will not come out in the US.
I would try ordering the British edition through Bookdepository (free shipping worldwide), Waterstones, or another online shop that ships to the US.(less)

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Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite things about following a writer's journey from the first book they published to their most recent work is that you can see how they grow and how much they improve their craft. It's like seeing your baby strive. Just fills me with joy. The first time I saw this happen was with Leigh Bardugo. With each of the Shadow & Bone books she improved her storytelling and then Six of Crows came around the corner and took. my. breath. away. It's so cool to see an artist find their rhythm ...more
Alice Oseman
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
LOVELESS is my fourth YA novel! It features:
- an aromantic asexual coming-out story set at Durham University
- a small group of unlikely friends trying to save the Shakespeare Society by putting on a very weird play
- a plan to 'find love' that goes very wrong indeed
- a directorial rivalry fraught with sexual tension between two queer girls
- a battle on a bouncy castle
- some very strong opinions about Scooby-Doo
- learning that platonic love can be just as powerful - if not more so, sometimes - tha
chai ♡
This book: *exists*
Me: hoLY-
Me: *strangled screaming*
Me: did yOU HEAR
Me: *pounds fist on table*
Me: *more screaming*

Radio Silence ★★★★★
I Was Born for This ★★★★

I don’t want to do a full review on this because I do not want to fight with people on this, nor be in any kind of bookish spotlight right now. But I still will say some brief thoughts, because I know people will be curious, because most people have given this five stars. Also, so many of my friends saw themselves within these pages and that’s so important and so valid. Here are some of their reviews that I recommend you check out: Ellie, Jill, & Li
Fuck, this book broke me. One of the most relatable books I've ever read, easily a new all time favorite ever. Alice Osman is incredible.

I can't explain with words what this book means to me so instead I'll link you to the vlog where I cried my eyes out over this book:
daph pink  君は
1000*I don't know how to talk about things I like *stars!♥️

" I used to dream of a spellbinding, endless, forever romance. A beautiful story of meeting a person who could change your whole world.
But now, I realized, friendship could be that too."

It was a lot.
Like a" lot a lot"".

This book is a part of me and I felt it in heart right in the middle and my soul .


Alice Oseman you did this and I am gonna say WOW, thanks and I love you

Platonic love+ friendship + drama+ college life+ lots of Sha
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
my review for loveless is finally up! ✨it's a long one, so I will be linking to it on my blog rather than posting it on here. As a reader, I saw a lot of my own a-spec experience within the book, and that was amazing, but it also had content which harmed other identities (including close friends within those identities), and that is something which must be highlighted, challenged and discussed.

anyway, you can find my full review here

I do hope that loveless opens the gates for more a-spec bo
amy ☂︎
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq-rep
[my loudest, most high pitched yoshi scream] ALICE OSEMAN DID THAT!!!!

(A few) Reasons why you should read this book:
🧡 Aro-ace main character!!!!
💛 Sapphic enemies-to-lovers (or more like, bickering-like-an-old-married-couple-to-lovers) side couple!!!!
💚 THEATRE, and i cannot stress this enough, GAYS!!! (with a lot of Shakespeare references)
💙 Platonic love. Platonic love. Platonic love.
💜 Group chats, banter, wholesomness, all the good stuff


🌈 Art by Alice Oseman

I apologize in advance if this
Jul 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
☆ 1 / 5 ☆

You can find my full review here

Let me say that this seems to be a very personal book to Alice Oseman and that it is obviously a very valid experience of being aroace and I won’t take that away from it. However, I despised the way it presented this character’s journey as THE aroace experience and as someone on the aroace spectrum, I felt very misrepresented and like my own experience was being invalidated. Not only do I think this can be harmful to others on the aroace spectrum and qu
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I have never felt more seen by a book. Bless Alice Oseman for writing this, full of confusion, figuring things out and coming to terms with an asexual identity. It was such a comfort to see myself reflected and know that there's a happy, accepting future of love out there for me in friendships deeper than any romance~

EDIT: made a video review if you'd like to check it out~
C.G. Drews
I am definitely an overwhelmed tangle of love as I finish this book 😭 It was so so good, and just the story I needed. Deeply personal, ownvoices ace/aro rep coming out from a big publisher and a well loved YA author is INCREDIBLE and I'm glad we have the gift that is Loveless. It's full of flawed, messy characters and bad decisions and aching holes of loneliness and the most gorgeous soliloquies of love -- it was everything I needed.

...this mix of relatable and unrelatable...
I kind of loved this
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Aug 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Before I go into any of this review, let me say that I am very aware that this book has made so many people feel incredibly seen, for many for the first time, and I am so very happy about that. But I want to share my personal experience and perspective as honestly as possible and I do not like to hold back when I think something is genuinely doing more harm than good. I not only found many things portrayed in it not well represented whatsoever but this book was really hurtful to me personally in ...more
Sep 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
thank you alice oseman for having all your book covers match
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: acephobia, prejudice against folk who are a part of the wider LGBTQ+ community (such as intersex, asexual, aromantic, etc), experimentation and using someone for experimentation, past abusive relationship, losing friendships, and pressure for someone to be romantic

First thing's first: I'm aroace and this makes this an ownvoices review! The second I heard about this book, I was so excited and preordered it, and I'm pretty sure I got this book a couple of days before it released. This is defin
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
holy shit

so's the thing. i don't have the words? i knew this book was going to make me feel things but.....damn. wow. okay.

i just cried for like thirty minutes because the end was so poignant.

this is the book i needed like ten years ago. seven years ago. five years ago. last week. it's something i've been eagerly waiting to read for months (years? i can't remember when alice started working on it) and i just knew it would be important to me because it's basically one of the firs
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the aromantic and asexual representation in this novel. Alice Oseman does a fantastic job of showing our main character Georgia’s messy yet beautiful journey from frustration to confusion to self-acceptance regarding her aro ace identity. I liked reading about the multiple layers that complicated her path to self-love regarding her identities: the pressure the media and society in general exerts to force all of us into romantic and/or sexual relationships, the way some of Georgia’s frien ...more
Buckle up, because this is going to be a long one. I dove into Loveless by Alice Oseman right when it came out, and I wanted to write an own voices review of this own voices aroace coming out novel!

Loveless was my single most anticipated release of 2020, so on release day, I sat myself down with the audiobook and dove right in. I was fully intending to read the entire book on release day, but it actually took me a few days to read it because I needed time to process.

I listened to the audiobook a
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I ended up loving this book so much and I wasn't expecting to get so attached to the characters by the time I was just into 20 percent of the book.

Now they are literally my fictional family and I will protect them forever.

The story talks about exploring one's own sexuality and most importantly friendship and teamwork.

Through the characters, the author has done a remarkable job in explaining what asexuality and aromanticism mean and what they represent. I was laughing, crying and cringing (relata
may ➹
Jan 07, 2019 marked it as maybe
when ! was !! this !!! announced !!!!
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 07, 2019 marked it as tbr
Shelves: x-tbr2020
oh thank god
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, lgbt-read
This book is a love letter to the asexuals.

To me.

I know a lot of you didn't like it, but for me it actually gave hope.

I just wish she'd never experimented with Jason. He is a sweetheart and deserves the world. Seeing him hurt broke my heart.
Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧
Jul 26, 2019 is currently reading it
This is my most anticipated release of 2020, no competition. (sorry Chain of Gold, but you're close second!)

Also this cover hit my feelings like a ton of bricks. Firstly, I'm aro-ace. Secondly, I don't know how to explain the emotion that this illustration conveys, but I sure as hell can tell you that I FEEL this illustration and I feel like this illustration most of the time. And it is painful?? idek.

Ok, I'll try. Like ... I hope that the ways I experience love are ... good enough? For, you kno
I have so many things to say but first : as an asexual and someone somewhere on the aro spec, this book resonated so much to me. So many of Georgia’s thoughts and experiences were also my own a few years ago. I could relate to her story so much I am so glad I’ve been able to read it and go through it with her.

I just. Loved. Love.

This was a major story about Georgia’s growth, and discovering herself and her identity, and accepting herself, which, we really need more of these stories! The book st
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020

Listen. In the first 150 pages of this I figured it was going to be just okay - it would be a quick, easy 3 or 4 star YA contemporary and I'd rant about how every single book on this planet focuses on introverted girls who hate partying and socializing, and how every book villainizes extroverts, and how I was over the idea that love fixes everything in stories.

but wow. everything, and i mean EVERYTHING, about this book was absolute perfection.
- I cared about every single character - ALL
✨    jamieson   ✨
Jul 26, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: anticipated-2020
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I lovelessly loved it.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of Loveless from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This review will be brief and spoiler-free to make sure that I can convince as many of you as possible to read Loveless!

I'm going to start out by summarizing a few things that I loved about Loveless:

The emphasis on friendship and platonic love: Georgia, Pip, Rooney, Jason, and Sunil all now gladly live in my head rent-free—friend group GOALS right there!

Readers can learn about aromanticism and asexuality with Geo
4.5 stars
Maybe it's not the heteronormative dream that she grew up wishing for, but...knowing who you are and loving yourself is so much better than that, I think.

Aside from being hilarious and full of vibrant, lovable characters each with their own unique story, 'Loveless' also gave me lots of food for thought. Before hearing about 'Loveless', aromantic and asexual sexualities were something I vaguely knew of by name but not nature. The synopsis really got me wondering (plenty of thinking t

Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
I am asexual. I am sex repulsed. I am not aromantic. Yet this is the first time I ever saw myself so clearly in a book. Georgia’s mistakes and thoughts have been mine. It felt awfully good to read it. (Except for one chapter at the end I didn’t like at all.)

But, this book has hurt others and I cannot get past that. It’s one thing to get one rep right (and it’s ownvoice), it’s another thing to forget about all the other people represented and how badly they have been treated in this book.

Two bril
Apr 01, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition



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Alice Oseman is an author/illustrator and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS. She is also the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children's Books.

Alice’s first novel SOLITAIRE was published when she was

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“Give your friendships the magic you would give a romance. Because they're just as important. Actually, for us, they're way more important.” 69 likes
“I've learnt some Things. Like the way friendship can be just as intense, beautiful and endless as romance. Like the way there's love everywhere around me - there's love for my friends, there's love for my paintings, there's love for myself.” 37 likes
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