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Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop 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 plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice told her 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.
“Who the hell is Takumi?” She folded the post-it note in half before tossing it the trash.
She felt that itch between her shoulder blades when someone stared too long. She tried to take a sly peek to see who it was and… Jesus.
(Sweet God in heaven, have mercy on her soul.)
Her Cutie Code™ blasted straight past the red zone. If it were a pressure gauge, the glass would have cracked right down the middle.
He was gorgeous—and that was not a word Alice threw around lightly. Not just “Hi, I’m the new boy next door” gorgeous, but the kind of gorgeous that would make you slap your mama. The kind of gorgeous you’d stab your best friend of twenty years in the back for, set her house on fire, and drive off into the sunset with her husband gorgeous.
As if she’d actually do any of those things.
She always laughed at characters who lost every last drop of their common sense on TV and in movies when someone too attractive for words crossed their path. If this guy was on a show, he’d be considered the kind of gorgeous that would cause mid-season plot twists and act two spinouts, leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat because their beloved characters were goners after looking into those dark brown eyes.
And he stared at her.
Something flipped a switch inside of Alice. Her internal body temperature had been reset to hellfire. She had to grip the side of the copy machine to keep herself upright. Cara could probably hear her struggling to drag air into her lungs.
(Too much cute.)
(A veritable cutie-induced overload.)
What was this? This had never happened to her before. There was a place for cute and every cute in its place. Whoever that was hadn’t just exceeded her scale. He had broken it.
Cutie Code™: Black—the Next Generation.
"A timely, nuanced, and diverse debut." —Booklist
"Debut novelist Kann thoughtfully tackles what it means to be asexual and gives Alice a platform to discover who she is and what it means for her relationship with Takumi. Asexual readers will appreciate the visibility, and those—like Alice’s ex—who know [they] poorly understand it, will gain a better sense of what love without sex can look like." —Publishers Weekly
“A sweet and beautiful journey about self-discovery and identity!... A lovely book with very likable and diverse characters. Cutie Code: Cutest” —Macy Filia, Swoon Reader
“I enjoy the character of Alice and love how different this story is from other novels as the main character is Asexual. There aren't many novels that have asexual characters and it's something people need more of.” —Alice, Swoon Reader
“This is a fantastic story!... I've never read a story quite like this one.” —The Kindred Reader, Swoon Reader
“I need this published and I need it now. I want this on my shelf where I can admire it every day.” —Kiara, Swoon Reader
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