The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ~ SPOILER FREE REVIEW!


Title: The Upside of Unrequited 
Author:  Becky Albertalli
Hardback: 350 pages
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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It was inevitable that I would enjoy this book having loved Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky’s debut novel and this book did a fantastic job at satisfying my book-lover needs.

Molly Peskin-Suso has had twenty-six crushes but has never been kissed. This has come easily for her twin sister, Cassie who has had girlfriends like it was not a problem. Molly learns about growing apart from her sister and finding herself. Everything changes this summer for Molly when she starts working at Bissel, a shop in town and meets a nerdy boy, Reid.

Reid and Molly are my new OTP. I shipped them so, so hard and I was laughing out loud. Reid is a funny guy who is obsessed with GoT and Cadbury Mini Eggs (same to the mini eggs). Reid has a great sense of humor and so much sarcasm. Their story is so cute and pure and I JUST LOVED IT AND THEM AND AH.

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This book has so much diversity within the character’s (race, sexual orientation, religion, mental health and size). Molly and Cassie are sperm-donor children and have two mothers, Patty and Nadine – who are #parentgoals – they’re so chillaxed and very supportive. Their family is Jewish and interracial, we see Jewish traditions implemented or just talk of Jewish culture (Reid is Jewish too 😉 ). Mina, Cassie’s girlfriend is a pansexual Korean American and we see some of her culture as well.

This is such a great coming of age novel about a seventeen year-old girl wishing for her first kiss. Molly’s story is so real, sweet and raw. I definitely related to Molly in many ways. She has a hard time interacting, she’s shy and experiences anxiety. Molly’s anxiety is not overlooked, we see scenes of her explaining her anxiety especially at a party. She talks about how she can’t drink or shouldn’t be drinking because of her anxiety medicine.This was so important because it’s not often addressed to the fullest. She feels like the friend that is being looked at in the wrong way. But, she also is a Pinterest queen and I envy her. I made some edible cookie  dough that she made and it was delicious.

Becky Albertalli takes this book and defeats the “fat girl” stereotype and makes Molly the YA heroine you wish you could be friends with and you’re rooting for throughout the whole story.

If you liked Simon, you are going to love this novel especially because we get to see more of Abby, who is Molly’s cousin. As well as glimpses of Simon and Nick.

Disclaimer: This book is like Mini Eggs, you’re sad when they are all gone. Truly, I didn’t want it to end.


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ARC Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

booktitle Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
 Author: Becky Albertalli 
 Genre:  GLBT, Young Adult
 Publisher:  Baltzer + Bray
Expected Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
 EBook:  320 Pages
 What It’s About: Simon Spier is an average sixteen year old from Georgia. But, he’s keeping his sexual orientation private from his friends and family. The only person who know is his email boyfriend, Blue. But, when Martin Addison logs onto the computer Simon was using, he discovers the emails. In order to get Martin from blackmailing him Simon has to play matchmaker for Martin with his best friend, Abby.
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 My Rating: ★★
 ~A ebook copy of this book was provided via Net Galley from Penguin Random House UK  in return for an honest review.  This review is  spoiler free. ~
What I Thought: Grab some oreos and a glass of milk because this book will have you craving these. Simon Spier is a sixteen, going on seventeen year old with a great group of friends (Abby, Leah and Nick), a cute Golden Retriever puppy called Bieber and cool, but creepy parents. Aside from that, he also has an internet friend called Blue. Simon and Blue met through an anonymous Tumblr post (adorable!) and now have an email relationship. They don’t know each other, but they go to the same school. Throughout the story Blue and Simon are emailing about their good days, and bad days, interests and family drama. To not  reveal themselves they have to keep their friends names and teachers, basically their school life a secret. The mystery in itself is… who is Blue? His is Cal? is he Marty? This  is a very well told, realistic GLBT story. Simon’s characterization is told in depth. I would describe Simon as cool, outgoing and a great friend. I think that he is the type of kid that you wouldn’t suspect to be gay. I absolutely loved him. While reading, I felt as if I were friends with Simon and his gang. I was even tempted to listen to his favorite music. Simon’s family is present a lot of the time and as the reader you are able to get to know them.  This story is very relatable for teens that may be going through bullying because of their sexuality. I could not relate myself, but I could relate with friends experiences. The dialogue was humorous and light-hearted. I was smiling and feeling compassion for most characters.  As any good story, there is always a character you tend to dislike and for me that was Leah, Leah is very moody and her jealousy tends to come out at the wrong times. She is basically a kill-joy. Overall, I rated this book a 5/5 because I enjoyed everything about it and I hope you do too! And seriously, get those oreos…

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