I don’t always review books that are in my ‘backlog’ so to speak, at least not in a full review, usually a mini wrap up review but I can’t stop thinking about how flipping brilliant Loveless is. So here we are with a full 5* review!
Author: Alice Oseman
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pages: 435 pages
I 100% knew I was going love this book because I love literally everything Alice Oseman writes. She was one of the first authors I met in person many, many years ago to get my copy of Radio Silence signed and since then I’ve been lucky to get a number of her other books signed. Being a big fan I knew that I was going to be in for a treat from one of UKYA’s very best and I was not at all disappointed.
Loveless is Georgia’s story. A story of a young girl moving away from home for her fresher year in university with her two best friends in tow. An exploration of expectations and hopes for university life alongside a really wonderful story of a young person finding her true self. Georgia just can’t seem to fall for anyone, no matter how much she loves romance, or at least the idea of it. After a number of pretty disastrous experiments, she finally starts to come to terms with her own sexuality and how that will effect her future.
I REALLY loved the characters in this book. Writing teenagers is one of Alice Oseman’s special talents. She just captures the exact thoughts, feelings and emotions of being a teenager and she really outshines herself in this novel. Georgia is our main protagonist but it feels like all of the characters go through some serious character development alongside her. I loved Rooney, Pip, Jason and Sunil just as much as I adored Georgia. I loved the way their friendships and romances reflected true life experience; certainly not straight forward. I think my absolute favourite thing about this book is the focus on how much love we can have for our friends. Yes romance is brilliant, but it’s not everything and it certainly doesn’t need to be. If you like Shakespeare there are also plenty of references to that as well as some fun pop culture type references.
Loveless is a book all about self-acceptance and identity. Finding yourself and allowing yourself to ‘be you’. As a teacher, it is a book I hope to see falling into the hands of teenagers far and wide. There is a lot to be learnt from this novel as well as it being a thoroughly enjoyable read. Packed full of emotion, laughter, truth and friendship, Loveless is a book you need to pick up.