The characters are diverse, of course, well thought out but were too perfect that they are kinda unrelatable, except maybe for Molly. One of the chief themes Becky Albertalli touches on in The Upside of Unrequited is the necessity of vulnerability in order to get what you want. Fat girls always have to be careful. There are no notices for this title yet. In fact, from what we are shown, it seems like people think Molly is an amazing DIYer, and good at conversation. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. (Rating 4/5) Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. So she’s careful. Molly is a self-proclaimed fat nerd and her sister is a thin, cool lesbian. I had so many crushes I never acted on when I was Molly’s age. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso has never had a kiss and has about 26 crushes that she has never made the move upon. Thanks for saying that Marjie. Despite the predictability in the plot, as one might find in most of YA romances, Becky Albertalli’s writing wins the book for me, I could not put the book down even for a minute before I could finish it. All that changes when her twin sister gets a new girlfriend, who happens to be good friends with a cute boy that possibly likes Molly back. Becky Albertalli’s 2017 novel The Upside of Unrequited tells the story of seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso as she attempts to navigate the challenges of life as a teenage girl. While I definetely enjoyed this story, and would tell others to read it, it didn't make it to my favorites lists because it fell under a lot of cliches and didn't really stand out or surprise me. The novel starts with Molly and her twin sister, Cassie, meeting this new girl called Mina. I am yet to read Simon and Homo Sapiens. There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. This is what I think of as straight teen-girl YA. Her whole story really told many of my past thoughts when I was a teen. So why can’t Molly stop thinking about her nerdy co-worker, Reid? Molly thinks of herself as the "fat" girl who would rather have silent crushes than be outright crushed by rejection. He wears Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones T-shirts and ridiculously white sneakers and is a little husky himself, but for the first time she feels like she can be herself around a boy. A common trend in YA Romance novels is that the lives of the female protagonists revolve around boys, and that doesn’t seem realistic or ideal to me. Claims of ‘massive ballot counting abuse,’ examined. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. But then Mina arrives on the scene, and for the first time ever, Cassie is totally crushed out, and a little bit secretive, leaving Molly out in the cold. Sign up for Bookperk—daily bookish finds, fantastic deals, giveaways, and more! Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. 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! The Upside of Unrequited is a rather calm story, and one I often read before bed. 4/5 -@Reaper of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. “I have such a crush on this book! Your email address will not be published. It's more what she chooses to believe. The writing kept me hooked. The novel starts with Molly and her twin sister, Cassie, meeting this new girl called Mina. One thing that The Upside of Unrequited has been continually praised for is the diverse representation of minorities, interracial and LGBTQ couples and families. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this book a well-deserved 4.5. It's an enjoyable read, that caused me to smile, or had me shaking my head at the actions of the characters. . Gotta read it asap! The main character of this book is a girl named Molly who has had twenty six crushes but never had a boyfriend. So I don't see this as the "fat girl being saved" but as the young girl realizing that not only is she not left behind, but the people who count, including her family, have been admiring her all along. I have this book in my pile to read right now. The Upside of Unrequited is a new novel by Becky Albertalli. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. Things change when Cassie falls in love for the first time with Mina, Molly is forced to get out of her aloofness and make new friends. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Definetely a novel for romance lovers, Molly and her twin, Cassie, struggle with falling in love for the first time and coming to terms with changes in their life. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. The novel features a lesbian wedding, multiple lesbian relationships and several descriptions of two women kissing. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. However, the characters were diverse, and I was engaged in this book. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso has never had a kiss and has about 26 crushes that she has never made the move upon. Required fields are marked *. Great review! I become a different form of matter. Cassie tries to set Molly up with her girlfriend's best friend, but Molly might be getting more and more interested in her new co-worker, Reid. Molly has lots of insecurities about her weight and freezes up every time a cute boy tries to talk to her but, for some reason, with Reid it's different. Milla, grade 7, Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers. Read The Upside of Unrequited. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. Molly’s flawed, funny, socially inept characterization would be relatable to everyone who has had that phase. I really fell in love with the main character Molly Peskin-Suso, and all her quirks. I can’t stop hugging this book.” —Stephanie Perkins Molly has always known to be careful, because fat girls need to be careful. I loved this story so much! Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. "The Upside of Unrequited" by Becky Albertalli perfectly captures the awkward, self-conscious feelings of any shy teenager who just wants to be loved, but doesn't want to risk the rejection it often takes to get there. I really need to pick this book up. So why can’t Molly stop thinking about her nerdy co-worker, Reid? Not only is this one a must read, but it’s a must re-read. I LOVED Molly! The Upside of Unrequited deals with several themes that are relevant in today’s world – peer pressure, body image, teenage love, and rejection. Like most girls her age, Molly is dealing with a great deal of change, including shifting familial relationships, a new job, and the prospect of finding her first love. The next day, Molly starts her new job at her favourite shop. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. So she’s careful. All the characters were quirky and unique. I also appreciated how the author addressed an insecurity that many people face, (which is struggling to feel comfortable with their weight). While Cassie is more of a go-with-the-flow person in relationships, all Molly every thinks about is getting a boyfriend. She's often mocked about her body weight, and struggles to feel secure in the thought that any male would ever return her feelings. Molly and Cassie’s relationship definitely hit turmoils during the chapters but wrapped up in a way that benefits the reader and reminded me that where there is happiness, there is family. I really fell in love with the main character Molly Peskin-Suso, and all her quirks. Great review . Lovely review! I can’t wait to read more of Albertalli’s books. Jacket design by Sarah Creech. This YA fiction was a breath of fresh air. The writing kept me hooked too. You will have to read the book to know more. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. I recommend this story to romance lovers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, who deserve to see themselves represented in these kinds of novels. We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. Ahhh….. the teenage years. That is exactly the mindset I was when I read this one. One of her coworkers is the calm and cool Reid. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! They were described so well that at the end of the book, I felt like the characters were real people. Read my review to know more. Molly also gets a job for the summer and meets a boy she can be herself around, but believes she has no feelings for him. So she’s careful. To top it, her parents are finally tying their knots with the legalization of gay marriages in the USA and she has more on her plates than ever. You always have the best books. ... There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. It has been on my tbr for some time now! + See More U.S. & International Retailers. Great review! Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020! She lives currently in Dubai. When she meets Will, a funny and flirty hipster, and Reid, a geek she can't help but feel comfortable around, Molly is forced to face her feelings and push herself to take risks she never could have imagined. The Upside Of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli. She thinks everyone around her is much more experienced than her. BiblioCore: app12 Version 8.34.1 Last updated 2020/11/02 13:05, New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, . She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. So she’s careful. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!! He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. It’s one of my favorites of 2017. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Main Library is closed for renovation until Summer 2021. Author: Becky Albertalli She is the one who introduces her sister to the girl Molly thinks will be perfect for her. Fat girls always have to be careful. The more that Molly gets to know Will, Reid, Mina, and Max, the more challenges she faces. An hopeless romantic, she having a total of 26 crushes but never being able to go any further with them. The writing is also great and it’s so funny mate. Maybe I'm jaded having read a number of YA novels that transcended the genre but this one just seemed like standard YA fare with a few LBGT characters thrown in. The Upside of Unrequited immediately transports you into the world of hopelessly romantic Molly. Republicans and the Trump campaign allege voting irregularities as world leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win. I keep hearing so many great things about this book, and the author, but haven’t yet gotten to any of her books. She hasn’t even been kissed. I appreciated how the author refused to allow the love triangle to obscure the main ideas of this book, but also managed to implement it into Molly’s character. Copyright © 2020 Deseret News Publishing Company. Cassie tries to set Molly up with her girlfriend's best friend, but Molly might be getting more and more interested in her new co-worker, Reid. Not only was this a book of Molly’s coming-of-age but also the importance of family. She isn't as outgoing and confident in her look as Cassie is.
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