The Friday 56: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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“Alice’s inability to say ‘being asexual’ plagued her. The words formed but lodged themselves in her throat. One night she had stood in front of the mirror repeating, ‘I’m asexual,’ over and over again. She had thought that if she could get used to hearing it, she’d accept it as truth faster. Alice knew it had made sense. She could check off all the boxes. But she wasn’t sure it was a title that she had necessarily wanted everyone else to know.”

Today I am sharing an excerpt from Claire Kann’s debut, Let’s Talk About Love. Alice is a Black college student who is asexual and has to navigate different relationships when she isn’t always comfortable sharing this part of who she is with others. I’m about half way through and am loving Alice and experiencing all kinds of second-hand embarrassment. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
      But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
      When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated–or understood.
      Claire Kann’s young adult debut novel Let’s Talk About Love, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, gracefully explores the struggle with emerging adulthood and the complicated line between friendship and what it might mean to be something more.”

12 thoughts on “The Friday 56: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

  1. Ah, I’m so glad you’re enjoying this book! I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but just haven’t had the chance to reach for it. Though the “secondhand embarrassment” part is a little concerning because I feel that secondhand embarrassment on a chronic level 💀


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