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Loveless: TikTok made me buy it! The teen bestseller and winner of the YA Book Prize 2021, from the creator of Netflix series HEARTSTOPPER Paperback – 9 July 2020
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WINNER OF THE YA BOOK PRIZE 2021
LONGLISTED FOR THE POLARI CHILDREN’S & YA BOOK PRIZE 2022
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire and the graphic novel series Heartstopper – now a major Netflix series.
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.
‘A joyous, disarmingly honest book that seems to leap right inside the mind of a teenage girl’ Independent [now iNews]
‘Loveless is an ode to friendship and platonic soulmates; this cosy blanket of a novel understandably won the YA Book Prize 2021’Irish Times
‘A joyful tale of self-discovery” The Bookseller
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Discover the stunning collection of YA novels from Alice Oseman, creator of the Netflix sensation, Heartstopper
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Georgia loves romance stories, but she's never been fallen in love. And she's not sure she ever wants to. A thoughtful and heartrending exploration of asexuality, aromanticism and the meaning of true love.
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The beloved Heartstopper characters Nick and Charlie find themselves at a crossroads when Nick heads off to university. Can this first love survive the distance, or are they just delaying the inevitable?
Reuniting Solitaire's Tori Spring, her little brother Charlie, and Charlie's boyfriend Nick, this novella sees the Spring siblings brave a particularly difficult festive season.
Praise for SOLITAIRE:
“The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age” The Times
“The most honest and authentic account of modern teenage life that you’ll read this year… outstanding contemporary fiction with appeal to fans of John Green.” The Bookseller
‘A very authentic, teenage voice’ – Sunday Times
‘Solitaire is an extraordinary novel … [Oseman] has captured her characters’ rage, humour and insecurity with aplomb.’ The Financial Times
‘Oseman proves herself a clever, witty writer’ Publishers Weekly
TikTok made me buy it! The teen bestseller and winner of the YA Book Prize 2021, from the creator of Netflix series HEARTSTOPPER
- Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books; 1st edition (9 July 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 000824412X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008244125
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.84 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel follows Georgia as she goes through a journey of figuring out her sexuality and learning to accept and love herself. It's never crossed Georgia's mind that she may be aroace shes always just assumed - as everyone says - that eventually the right person will come along and she'll fall in love. Shes tired of waiting so decides that upon starting uni she's going to put herself out there more, only whilst she loves the idea of romance and sex she starts to realise that she can never quite imagine it for herself.
Georgia's coming to terms with her sexuality was very relatable to me in so many ways but especially in how she confuses platonic love for romance, and how crushed she feels coming to the realisation that as a lover of romance she'll never get to experience it for herself. I loved seeing my experiences reflected in Georgia and seeing how she was able to overcome this sadness and learn to love herself.
Seeing Georgia learn to accept her identity and realise that she wont ever be loveless because platonic love is just as important was truly such a wonderful thing to see (and did make me tear quite up a bit).
I did have some slight issues in that I would've liked more discussion on the ace spectrum. Georgia is sex repulsed which is totally valid but not all ace people are, and many ace people do have sex, I would've liked this to be acknowledged. All aroace experiences are different and they are all valid.
I also didn't like how Rooney's love of casual sex was in the end attributed to her using it as a coping method rather than just a love of sex cause some people do just love to have sex and I'm so tired of books always vilianizing casual sexual experiences.
Overall, I adored this and I'm so glad I was able to read it. It's not a perfect book but it was so important to me and I know it will be for many others too.
Georgia and her two best friends have just started university, and this really is a coming-of-age book. It covers so much ground--identity, sexuality, coming out, finding yourself, mental health, anxiety, romantic relationships, sexual relationships, familial relationships, starting university, becoming an adult, and so on. There is so much so cleverly packed into this book.
And the ace rep is phenomenal. Alice Oseman brilliantly captures what it's like to not be interested in sex and just not understand what all the hype is about in a society that is so sexualised. There's all the questioning and worrying about whether you're 'normal', the anxiety about why you don't feel like that way even if you want to and at times are desperate to.
But it's still got great messages about allos too--especially as the new roommate is presented as very sexual and says she enjoys sex and won't shamed for it.
While I've always thought of myself as heteromantic, Georgia, the MC, is aromantic as well as asexual--and to my surprise, I actually sort of related to some of the aromantic things she was discussing, which, yeah, really surprised me. I've been on that 'forced date' type thing where you're aware you should be romantically attracted but you're not. And reading this book made me realise that I'm probably actually demi-romantic, because the only times I've felt romantic attraction are when I've known the person really well.
I'm so glad I read this book. Really great ace-rep.
I’ve not seen other young adult books with an asexual protagonist and rarely see a minor character who is. This story brings understanding and much needed awareness. A loved one tells me how wonderful it is to finally see herself in a character and their experiences. She wishes she’d had this book to read a few years ago whilst struggling in a similar way to Georgia. She says that now, if someone doesn’t understand, she’ll refer them to read ‘Loveless’. I’m grateful to Alice Oseman for writing this book for her sake and because it has increased my own understanding. ‘Loveless’ is about far more than sexuality. Through an absorbing plot, and with a cast of loveable, entertaining characters, it’s a book about self-discovery, self-acceptance, friendship and finding yourself in a society where you feel the odd one, only to discover you have a place as exactly who you are. Heartachingly honest, compassionate and amusing in turns, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I’ve already bought two copies and will be lending, gifting, and recommending it further.