I will be honest and admit that I picked this one up completely based on the cover. And I’m really glad I did.
- A+ depiction of an ace character ( I have to add that this portrayal is just one experience , and not the way to be ace , but I consented so much with Vaughn’s thoughts and actions . I was seeing me on page. Something that hasn’t occurred to me before in this way.
I admire the character development from both Jonah and Vaughn. These two grew so much over the course of the book. I enjoyed the way they got to know each other and learned that there’s no “set way” for a relationship that they could do it the way they wanted to and what felt right to them. Or how they became aware that they were also not limited by their background (this is more for Jonah than Vaughn) He’s not “less” due to the fact that he had a different upbringing than Vaughn, but it took him a bit to see it.
- This one is an important one: I loved that Jonah accepted and respected the boundaries set by Vaughn. There was a moment where he was disbelieving when Vaughn first told him he’s asexual. But when he’s home again he does his research and sees that there’s more people who are like Vaughn. And from that moment on he doesn’t try to “cure” Vaughn. Jonah accepts him as he is and doesn’t try to push the boundaries Vaughn has set, like so many other books with asexual characters do. He even apologizes after he came on him and is overall so considerate. I just want to weep with joy and cuddle the author for writing this!
I loved the differences between Vaughn and Jonah and how despite (or maybe because of them) grew together and fell in love. (And how cute it was to see them falling for each other!!
- The mystery wasn’t really that mysterious but I still loved the way to find out for sure. And was curious to see how it would play out.
- Okay, let’s talk about Vaughn. And as I said that was me on page. I know this feeling of feeling “broken”. When you think of the impossibility of having a relationship when you’re this “broken” and you don’t understand why you feel that way. But you see everyone around you having happy relationships and they’re constantly talking about sex but you don’t get what the fuss is about.
- This book is about discovering oneself, accepting who you are but also accepting others the way they are without trying to change them. Blank Spaces is so fantastic and I can’t put into words how special this book is to me. Because it definitely made me think and hope that there might be someone special for me out there too.
• And Jonah, sweet and precious Jonah. Sure you could say Jonah is a “slut” and he does use that word to describe himself, although I dislike that term because yes, he likes sex, he enjoys it and enjoys it regularly. But he’s not hurting anyone because it’s consensual and it’s his decision to make.
- Cass Lennox has this way with words that drew me in from the first page. I immediately liked Vaughn, his humor, his nerdiness and little quirks, also his insecurities. And as a whole Lennox wrote a fantastic character who’s just so amazing in his vulnerability and the way he slowly figures himself out. I highly, highly recommend this book.
The finish line: this is one of those books that I want to reread as soon as I reach the concluding part. If you’re looking for a romance with asexual representation, pick this one up.