Review: Loveless

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TITLE: Loveless| AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 435 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: July 9th 2020 | PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books| PRICE: 8,49 € | ISBN: 9780008244125|

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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 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?

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Reading Time

Important, humorous and profound.

Every teenager should read this book. I mean it. Alice Oseman tells a story about growing up and finding out about sexuality, love, romance and the importance of friendship. Georgia is looking for love. She doesn’t unterstand the way she feels or rather not feels at all. Alice Oseman takes us along Georgias journey through finding everything out about herself. She makes mistakes. And this might be the main reason I love Alice Osemans books. Her protagonists are always realistic and imperfect. Georgia is a normal girl looking for answers. She is young and doesn’t have all the answers. She is trying things out. Which is what live is about: Making mistakes and learning with them.

Give your friendships the magic you would give a romance. Because they’re just as important. Actually, for us, they’re way more important.

Loveless is not only referring to the main character Georgia. It also tells the story of all of her friends. Alice Oseman is great at creating a story which is not focusing on one person alone. In most books the side characters appear to be decorations. At the end of the book they always remain shallow and fall into oblivion. But Alice Oseman thinks through every detail and not only describes the other characters but let them live for real. Every single added person rounds the story up and fills it with more life and importance. Allthough the reader gets to know a lot about Georgias friends, their problems and feelings, it doesn’t feel overloaded.

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.

Through the book I noticed that I didn’t know anything about the education system of Great Britain. The insight of the collage life has been so interesting. It’s a shame we don’t have a real campus life with different social groups and activities. I love the idea living with a lot of people with similar interests. College delivers so many options to get to live different lifestyles and opportunities to get to know yourself better.

Result

This book reflects the importance of the love within friendship.

LoveSarah

Rezension: Charlie and Nick

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TITLE: Nick and Charlie | AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 120 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: July 16th 2015 | PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books| PRICE: 8,49 € | ISBN: 9780008147877|

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CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.”

NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.”

Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’, for God’s sake!

But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…
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The authors books are so very different about the main topics and the storys she writes about. Still the books have one thing in common: Alice Oseman writes about young adults thoughts and problems. Mental health, sexuality, the fear about the very own future and the pressure weighting on their shoulders.

Why would anyone just end a relationshop because it’s got to go long distance for a bit?
– Charlie, p.72

Nick and Charlie are one of those rare sweet innocent couples. They are struggling about one thing that is bothering a lot of teenage couples standing on the edge to take the next big step in life: College. Nick is ready to go to college. He is very excited about this new stage of life. Charlie on the other hand is upset about Charlie leaving. He is worried about wether their relationship will live through long distance.

Nick and Charlie is a Novella containing many emotions, a short story and important messages in just a few pages.

Result

As usual I love to recommend everything Alice Oseman writes oder draws. Her storys are lovely, deep and ready to soak you in.

LoveSarah

Review: Heartstopper 3

I’ve been so looking forward to Heartstopper 3! I really enjoyed reading the first and the second volume about Nick & Charlie. The development of their friendship and relationship is so sweet and lovely. I like how carefully they interact and care for each other. There is no drama between them just sweet feelings which is so overwhelmingly beautiful and cheering me up. You can read my first review right here.

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TITLE: Heartstopper 3 | AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 320 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: July 31st 2014| PUBLISHER: Hodder Children’s Books | ISBN: 978-0007559220|

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In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private…

Meanwhile Tao and Elle will face their feelings for each other, Tara and Darcy share more about their relationship origin story, and the teachers supervising the trip seem… rather close…?
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Deep, lovely and sweet

Charlie and Nick are like the most lovely couple of all time. They care in a sensitive way for another, act careful and watchful. There is no drama between them. But drama around them. A boy loves a boy and suddenly the world goes crazy.

People either thought I was a novelty or I was just gross. It… it really surprised me how many people are still homophobic. They’d tell me I was disgusting. Right to my face.

Charlie is extremely scared. He had to suffer bullying before and is afraid of Nick getting into the same situation as he did. Homophobic reactions are part of the their everyday life. It’s painful to read about those situations and at the same time it’s so important to write about them. People have to know that it’s still happening. Everyone needs to know that there is still hatred and intolerance. It’s so important because we have to fight against it. We have to support everyone of the LGBTQ+ Community. We have to learn to be sensitive, but not over-sensitive. And we can’t stop until everyone understands that it’s perfectly normal to be who you are.

Why is being out so complicated? In books and films there’s just one big coming out scene and then everything is fine haha. – Real life isn’t like that I guess.

Sexuality is not the only topic Alice Oseman is writing about. Her focus gets set on mental health and mental illnesses. Step by step she lets slip symptoms which are subtil and get more and more obvious over the time. And she tells the reader the best way to help people with mental illness or mental health problems: Talk. Talk and provide help. Ask how you can help. And be sensitive. Don’t push.

It took me a long time to even feel comfortable calling myself a lesbian. And for a while we thought it’d be easier to pretend we were totally platonic. But, in time, we got more comfortable being us. We reached the point where we knew that whatever people said or thought about us, we knew who we were.  And we loved ourselves anyway.

Result

Alice Oseman Comic-Series Heartstopper is lovely, sensitive and handles very important topics as sexuality, bullying, mental illness and growing up.

 

LoveSarah

 

P.S. 
The best thing about this volume: I preordered and got a signed edition! Yay!

Signed Book Alice Oseman