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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (11 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141356111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141356112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can't stop hugging this book. (Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss)

I have such a crush on this book! Not only is this one a must read, but it's a must-reread. (Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN')


I love you, Simon. I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book. (Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES)

A remarkable gift of a novel. (Andrew Smith, author of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE)

Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . Readers will fall madly in love with Simon (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Books like SIMON do change people's lives (Waterstones Darlington Bookseller)

A wonderfully charismatic story about coming-of-age and coming out (Bookseller)

Funny, moving and emotionally wise (Kirkus Reviews (starred))

I think I just felt my heart explode in my chest (Goodreads (5 stars))

One of the most electric, authentic characters I've ever read. . . I LOVE this book. LOVE it. Five freaking stars. (Goodreads (5 Stars))

Steal this from your teen ('O' Magazine (Oprah Winfrey))

Touching and passionate (Observer)

About the Author

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. Becky now lives with her family in Atlanta, where she spends her days writing fiction for young adults. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com. You can follow Becky Albertalli on Facebook, Twitter (@BeckyAlbertalli), and Tumblr (BeckyAlbertalli).

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*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

In 2015 Becky Albertalli published her debut novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda which took the book community by storm and was a lot of readers favourite book of that year. Sadly I still haven’t read the book but when I saw she had a new book out I knew I had to read it immediately.

Seventeen year old Molly has had exactly 26 crushes and not one of them has been reciprocated. She is incredibly shy and has a fear of being rejected so her crushes never go any further than her admiring from a distance. Molly’s twin Cassie is totally different, she is confident, outgoing and oh yeah…slim! Molly desperately wants a boyfriend and to be loved but her insecurities and anxiety get in the way. Cassie starts dating a uber cool girl (Mina) from a different school who also has hot friend and could be potentially crush number 27.Cassie and Mina are trying to set up Molly with her hot friend, however Molly gets a part-time job at a local homeware store where she meets Reid. Reid is geeky and not Molly’s usual crush type but working together brings them closer…will Molly find love? or will it be unrequited.

I really enjoyed this book, it had so many great things going for it. It was adorable,hilarious and very relatable. Lets talk about how diverse this book is…I mean wow. Molly is an overweight Jewish girl with 2 mothers and her twin is also a lesbian. This was just jam-packed with diversity which I really appreciated but at times I felt it was a little bit forced. It seemed there just too much and felt like it was added just to be recognised as a diverse author (please don’t hurt me Alebertalli fans).
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Becky Albertalli, a clinical psychologist turned author, is mostly known for her debut novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015). Sticking with the theme of homosexuality, Albertalli has launched her second novel with the hope that it will be as popular amongst the LGBT community. The Upside of Unrequited is written from a female heterosexual point of view, however includes a wide range of characters with other sexual preferences.

The narrator, Molly, is only seventeen, but desperately wishes she could have a boyfriend. Endlessly teased for the number of crushes she has had – currently standing at 26 – Molly has never experienced a boy liking her back. Her twin sister, Cassie, on the other hand, has no problem attracting a girlfriend, and quickly hooks up with the beautiful Mina. Cassie and Mina are determined to set Molly up with a friend named Will, however Molly has her eye on someone else.

Molly and Cassie have always been close, but Cassie’s surreptitious behaviour involving anything to do with Mina, starts to put a strain on their relationship. As Molly gets torn between two boys, she begins to realise that having crushes on other people is far easier than getting someone to like her back.

Whilst Molly and Cassie focus on their relationships, their Mums (the twins were born via IVF) are celebrating the passing of the law that states gay people can marry their partners. Despite having been together for 20 years or so, they are planning on a big wedding, adding more stress to Molly’s life.

Albertalli uses her background in psychology to reflect the emotions, thoughts and feelings of her characters with great efficacy.
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Molly, and her twin sister Cassie, are just reaching that age where you start to figure things out about life. Well, mostly about love, lust and keeping your friends when those things come along. Molly has been a bit of an underdog as far she’s concerned though when it comes to love. She considers herself a bit of a wallflower, a little bit chubby and a little bit uncool compared to confident Cassie. And given that she’s a serial crusher, you’d think she would have been a bit more successful by now if she put herself out there. So on the surface you’re probably expecting this book to largely be quite shallow and vapid. But it isn’t; it’s so much better than that.

Molly is little bits of lots of young people rolled into one. She is hilarious, self-deprecating but not in a serious way, and she has all of the insecurities most young people (and older ones!) have throughout their lives. Do I look fat in this? Is everyone else progressing whilst I’m standing still? Do families grow apart as people start to couple up? Am I only the virgin in the world? And these ideas and concepts are really nicely woven into the story to make Molly incredibly relatable and likeable. Her twin sister Cassie, incidentally, really irritated me for being a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. One minute she was Molly’s biggest advocate, and the next she’s completely blinded by her gorgeous new girlfriend and is pushing Molly away. But you know, that is the reality of some relationships, and some families, so as much as I disliked Cassie, I loved the brutal honesty of the situation that this author captured; that’s what’s so clever about this book.

There are also lots of ideas in here that really deserved a whole book dedicated to them.
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