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Striking a perfect balance between heartfelt emotions and spot-on humor, this debut features a pop-culture enthusiast protagonist with an unforgettable voice sure to resonate with listeners.

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.

©2018 Annie Camill Clark (P)2018 Tantor

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good ya/na story

Lovely story about a queer black girl. It felt more like a 4 than a 5 but there was so much I look for in a novel it deserved it. Alice frustrated me as a main character most times. She was a black legacy, but since she’s a gen-z she never really felt the need to know what she wanted to do with herself. I know she was under a lot of pressure it’s just, like any privileged person she didn’t understand how good she had it XD

I’m not ace, which she was and I hadn’t realized she’d been intimate before her story began. I imagine it’s extremely difficult to be ace when most people are allo; She read like a intimacy repulsed ace person, which made it hard to root for her and akumi(her love interest) and their future since they both made it clear where they stood on things.

Her lack of communication was the most frustrating about it and she eventually corrected that about herself but the story insinuated ace people don’t have urges despite the fact they don’t desire intercourse. This is Alice’s story so I imagine it will resonate with someone, but her selfishness and ability to only care about herself, especially when it came to her parents and friends concerns were super frustrating.

It does also read like a new adult book even though I know ya can extend to first year of college(she was a sophomore) and even though it had a strong ya feel, all the characters are 19 or older.

Overall a good story.

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  • On a Mountain In Oregon
  • 08-30-18

So cute and swoon worthy!

I absolutely loved this book! The characters are wonderful and really fleshed out - you really feel like you know each and every one in the book. I loved a romantic comedy with an asexual WoC as the main character - I also really loved that it featured a Japanese man as the romantic interest as that is sadly underrepresented in romance fiction in general. I swooned while reading this book! Adenrele Ojo is PERFECT for this narration job, too. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing such a great job at bringing the story to life. 5/5 from me and definitely worth adding to your Audible library! I'm glad I couldn't stand to wait for a copy from my library (50+ person wait list, no thanks!) because it's worth reading right away!