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?
There were literally three separate couples sitting around the fire making out, like some sort of organised kissing orgy, and half of me was like, ew, and the other half was like, Wow, I sure do wish that was me.
For someone who doesn’t cry in front of other people, Georgia made me cry several times very publicly on an airplane. So incredibly emotional, Loveless delves deeply into love in its many forms, from Shakespeare to modern university life.
Very few people are not represented within these pages, so it’s easy to feel accepted into this world. It’s the first in the Osemanverse with almost no mention of previous characters (though I did spy a Universe City reference from Radio Silence). While I’ll never regret a Nick and Charlie cameo, it was still nice to have a little distance and to let Loveless stand on its own.
While Georgia is blessed to have many wonderful relationships in her life, her interactions with Rooney quickly became my favourite. Their openness was so refreshing; the incredible way they asked questions without judgment and worked hard to ensure the intent behind the question came through, so neither of them felt ashamed or embarrassed, was inspiring.
My absolute favourite moment is when they’re trying to get to the bottom of Georgia’s attraction to others, and Rooney discovers that they feel or do things differently. And instead of telling Georgia that she’s weird or different, she instead starts to question whether she’s the one acting abnormally. The ability to be so objective and not assume your worldview is the correct one was so impressive; it firmly cemented my opinion of Rooney and their friendship.
Pip and Jason are absolutely wonderful friends, and I have nothing against them; Rooney just takes the cake.
There’s very little to dislike about this book. The narrative is engaging, and the characters feel honest and well-written. There’s diversity and acceptance, and while most of what happens is very idyllic, there are enough assholes and well-intentioned meddling family members from another era to remind you that the world isn’t perfect. But what really shines through in Loveless is hope. Because figuring out who you are can be difficult, but the real work often comes in accepting who you are and learning to live with that awareness, even when it isn’t easy or acknowledged.