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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Ten Least Favorite Young Adult Books of 2016


Hi, everyone! I hope you all are having a great day and had a great holiday. I’m starting my Books of 2016 posts while I’m taking a week off of making videos on my Booktube channel since I did Vlogmas this month.

This reading year has been up and down for me. I have read some good books and some disappointing books. I’ve only given out a few 5 stars to the books I’ve read. Here are the books that I disliked this year. All the books listed I gave a rating of 2-3 stars on Goodreads.

DISCLAIMER: These are all of my honest thoughts and opinions on these books. If you enjoyed these books, I am so glad for you because I didn’t. Please be kind in the comments and respect my opinions. Thank you!

1. Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – I did not finish this book really because of Lily’s character which was only about a few chapters in. I couldn’t stand her and to be honest I think I want Dash & Lily to be by itself rather than a duo.

2.The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – 2016 was not the year of reading great sequels. Are sequels in duologies even good? I didn’t like this because Rosie was making me mad, I know she’s hormonal but how do you NOT want Don in the future of your lives?? Ugh.

3.The Haters by Jesse Andrews – I was very disappointed in this read. I was so excited to read another Jesse Andrew book because Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was so, so great! However, I went into this thinking road trip and they really only stopped at a few places. Also, the dirty jokes were TOO excessive.

4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – This book was a good book to pick up because it was diverse (POC, f/f relationship) and it was informative. If you were unaware, this book is about a school shooting in multiple pov’s of students during the time it’s happening. However, it fell flat for me and I know we couldn’t get too much character development or anything since it was set during a short period of time. I don’t have experience of witnessing a school shooting but I just felt it was predictable and did not have much of a surprise or shock factor.

5.The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – This book is set during the few days after 9/11 of a boy who meets a girl with wings on the streets of NYC after the first building as collapsed and so forth. I haven’t read a book set during 9.11 but I wanted to. I liked being able to read a character who has experienced 9.11 since I was so young, I don’t know too much. However, the romance tie-in was what threw me off and I just couldn’t get into it. I felt as such a serious topic, romance was the last thing we needed to be worrying about.

6.With Malice by Eileen Cook – I did enjoy this book very much. It was super thrilling and I devoured it. But, it’s on this list because I gave it a low rating due to the fact of the ending. I’m going to be brief about this because of spoilers. But, it just didn’t satisfy me and I wasn’t happy.

7.The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – I was sent this book from Macmillan to honestly review and I wasn’t a fan of it. It was pitched as a time travel contemporary and the time travel was more of wormholes to memories than time travel. I liked the overall message of grief and how you can be a different person when you’re grieving and I really liked the ending. Just fell flat for me, really.

8.Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman –  This was my first Western-like book that I have ever read. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like it was just a story with a beginning, middle and end that was all the author wanted to accomplish. I just wanted more to the story, really. I did like the overall Western vibes and #girlpower.

9.Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – Oh man.. I never say I disliked or hated a book but this is one I could NOT stand. I actually hated it so much. Which was sad because I never want to say that about a book. I didn’t like the world of the after life and I didn’t agree with the rules. Also, the main character was very whiny and so mean to her grandmother who she never knew!! She was so rude. Oh, I couldn’t stand her.

10. Never Never Part #3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – I was really excited for this because YAY!! last story! finally know what happens!!! THE ENDING MADE ME SOOOOO ANGRY. LIKE, WHY! I READ ALL OF THESE TO FIND OUT AND THAT’S ALL YOU GIVE ME. WHAT. Omg, this made me so angry…as you can see.


Okay, enough ranting for this post! Let me know your kind thoughts on any of these books! What was your most disappointing read of the year? xx

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