The Upside of Unrequited Paperback – 11 Apr 2017
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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')
Praise for (SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA:)
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)
From the Inside Flap
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she's lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is.
Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
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Why did I pick this book up?
Because Becky Albertalli wrote it.
Did I enjoy it?
I loved it. Easily one of my favourite books so far this year. Cute and fluffy but with a good dose of feels. Molly was extremely relateable and owned up to her flaws. Upside was funny and believable and I just sped through it. All the side characters were fantastic as well. If one of the characters said something problematic it was addressed on the page and the pacing was spot on.
How could I use it in my teaching?
I’d love to be able to work it in somehow, perhaps as part of a body confidence lesson. I’ll definitely be recommending it to my older students for pleasure reading.
Did I learn something?
I learnt about being a twin, a little about being Jewish and the importance of self acceptance.
Did it have good representation?
It did. It had lesbian characters, and on the page bisexual and pansexual characters. There was a minor gay character and Mina is American Korean. Molly also suffers with anxiety, but it’s just part of her character, not a plot device. Molly is also fat and deals with her thoughts on that. AND, her family is Jewish.
If Becky Albertalli isn’t on your instabuy list, she should be.
Molly has a lot of crushes and all of them are unrequited, or she thinks they are because she never gets the confidence to tell them. When Molly's sister Cassie gets a girlfriend Molly starts to feel even more sad about her unrequited love. But Cassie has a cute friend who Molly thinks maybe she could love, at the same time she starts to feel things for her coworker Reid.
This book is in contention for my favourite book of the year. I absolutely adored Simon Vs and I think I liked this even more. It has a chubby Jewish MC, a chubby romantic interest, lesbian mums, a pansexual, Korean character. It was just so wonderfully real. As someone who is pansexual it was especially important for me that there was a pansexual character.
This has a sort of love triangle but it's not really a love triangle because one of the love interests is more of a forced flirtation caused by Cassie. But I liked how Albertalli dealt with the situation, it felt so real and not like how uncomfortable and silly some love triangles are.
I just want to take a second to talk about how much I loved the representation in this book. As someone who is both chubby and pansexual it meant a lot to me to read a YA book with characters who were the same. I think this is the first book I've ever read where there was a pansexual character and I'm just so happy about it. I hope that more books include pan characters. I also loved reading a chubby MC and about a chubby love interest. It's not often that a love interest doesn't have the "perfect" body. And on top of all that Molly has anxiety and she takes medication for it and that's just part of her every day life and it was so good to read someone who has anxiety just living with it and seeing the ups and downs even with meds.
This book just made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. There's something about the way Albertalli writes that I just really adore. She doesn't add unnecessary drama and she just has characters living their lives. I also love how Simon Vs. had Oreos and this has Mini Eggs, I adore Mini Eggs but you can only get them at Easter time which makes me sad.
The wedding may date this book as it surrounds gay marriage being made legal in the states but I loved reading something that was relevant to where we are now.
I already want to reread this book because I just loved it so much and has solidified Becky Albertalli as an auto-buy author for me.
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). I haven’t read her debut novel so I have no comparison and wasn’t sure what to expect.
I loved Molly and felt she was totally relatable, she is overweight and scared of being rejected. I think a lot of girls feel the same way as her and it must be very hard to have a twin that is the opposite. The writing and storyline was very genuine from how Molly felt her world was shifting because her sister now had a girlfriend and they were both uncertain on how to deal with these changes in their lives.
It really does have a cute romance in this book, I was rooting for Molly and it’s like that saying ‘When your waiting ages for a bus and then two come along at once’ this is Molly’s life. Another thing that I really liked about this story was that even though we knew Molly was overweight, there was no mention as to how many stone/kilo’s or dress size she was. I thought this was very respectfully done as there will be impressionable teens reading this and I would hate for them to start comparing themselves. The positive thing was that Molly was happy in her skin and she didn’t diet and her family didn’t fat shame her(apart from her grandmother).
This book had a great representation of teenagers today(No John Green pretentiousness)and the parents were great too.
There were references to Game of Thrones and other nerdy stuff which made this book just that extra bit special to me.
Oh and just to let you know Simon from her previous novel makes an appearance in this book, it’s small but he is there.
This book is pretty amazing and I will be picking up Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in the near future. I recommend this book if you love contemporaries and relatable/awesome characters.
I rated this 4 out of 5 stars
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