Awkward in Love
Bookreview / December 14, 2015

Awkward in Love is a novel by Lily Adile Lamb, a Turkish writer of LGBT stories. I have never read anything by this author before, but this story certainly isn’t a bad start. Provided that the story is some what easy and superficial, it does make you feel good and gives you a small glance of Turkish traditions. Ilhan is a young Turkish man living in his own apartment, and sort of studying. What he really wants is to open his own cafe and make other people happy, but his father will have none of it. As long as his father pays for everything, he has to do what his father says. Ilhan is also gay and has a major crush on the buildings caretaker John. But no matter what he does, John doesn’t seem to notice him in any way. John is always watching Ilhan walking around in his too tight clothes, but he is sure the young Turk will never look at him the way he wants him to. John has no education and is only a maintenance man, so why would anyone look at him twice. And John is blind to all the ways Ilhan tries to…