Recommended Books with Asexual Characters
By Lynn O’Connacht
Lynn O’Connacht has an MA in English literature and creative writing, but wouldn’t call herself an authority on either. She’s been an English tutor, writer and editor for over a decade. She currently resides on the European continent and her idiom and spelling are, despite her best efforts, geographically confused, poor things. Her tastes are equally eclectic, though fantasy will always be her first love and most of her work contains at least one ace or arospec character. She has been chasing stories one way or another since she was old enough to follow a narrative.
Let’s Talk About Love is a contemporary YA novel featuring a Black, biromantic asexual protagonist as she works out what she wants from life. Alice is easily the most relatable asexual character I’ve read to date. The first chapter of Let’s Talk About Love can be very rough for any asexual reader who’s ever been dumped because of their asexuality, but it soon settles into the fun and romantic romp that the reader is promised by the blurb. Let’s Talk About Love is open about using and exploring the split attraction model without ever trying to present Alice’s experiences as The One True Experience. It also includes several scenes with supportive and accepting authority figures. What Kann has managed to fit into less than 300 pages is absolutely stunning and nothing short of amazing. One of my favourite parts about Let’s Talk About Love is its explicit discussion of boundaries and its acknowledgement that Alice is allowed to set boundaries on how and whether she has sex in a romantic relationship.
CW: Aphobia/Amisia (called out) in the first chapter.
The King’s Name
By Jo Walton