The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliThe Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside Of Unrequited

byBecky Albertalli

Paperback | January 30, 2018

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From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda comes a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity.

“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 re-read." —Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


And don't miss Becky Albertalli's Leah on the Offbeat!

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at
Title:The Upside Of UnrequitedFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:January 30, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006234871X

ISBN - 13:9780062348715


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable and relatable novel! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was honestly one of the cutest, fluffiest books I've ever read. Since I loved pretty much every page of it, when I found out that Becky Albertalli had another book coming out, I knew I needed it in my life. So, I got sooooo giddy when I found this book as an option in the weekly Indigo ARC newsletter, thus I requested it right away! For a brief synopsis, The Upside of Unrequited revolves around a teenage girl named Molly. She's had 26 crushes, but none of them returned her feelings, so she has become afraid of rejection. Her sister, on the other hand, meets a girl whom she immediately falls head over heels with, and the good news is that she also comes with another cute guy for her to like. There's also one of Molly's coworkers, a guy named Reid. She considers him as a good friend, but could it be possible that she could develop feelings for him, too? I have to say that I ADORED Molly. She had all the traits I like in YA protagonists- she was quirky, perceptive, witty, relatable.... and the list goes on and on and on with absolutely zero stops of stopping. She had many similar thoughts to the ones that ramble around in my head every day, and I was very happy to finally be acquainted to a book character who thinks at least a tiny bit like me. I also loved the sisterly bond between her and Cassie- YAY for family ties!! <3 Reid was just adorable, and I felt myself swooning over him throughout the entire story. There was a tiny bit of a love triangle and Molly found herself indecisive between Reid and another guy named Will, but I know that I will always be shipping Molly and Reid- no matter what! All in all, The Upside of Unrequited without a doubt checked all the boxes for a new favourite. I loved all the characters, the writing was once again awesome, and the plot was engaging. There was also a big dab of family ties and diversity, both of which we NEED more of in YA. I think any avid YA contemporary lover looking for something diverse will definitely devour this one! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't really like it I didn't quite connect with the characters and the story didn't seem to make me excited. Something was missing
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from relatable but kinda boring I'm sure like many of you, I read this book because of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and its prequel Leah on the Offbeat by Albertalli but unfortunately I didn't end up liking this one as much as I liked the other two. I was really excited to pick up yet another book by Albertalli but after getting into it, I realized that the book was going to be a pretty dull one with close to no climaxes. The book was pretty flat all throughout which was pretty disappointing. I thought that who the main character, Molly, was going to end up with at the end was really obvious from the beginning especially because she showed little to no interest in the other guy that she was supposed to be conflicted over. I did however find Molly's insecurities about love, friendships and body image relatable. Also the sister dynamic between Molly and Cassie was pretty enjoyable. Other than those two aspects, this book had very little to offer. You could read this book if you really want but I wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So relatable!! It's been a while since I've related to a character so hard. While I've read books this year that have maybe been more entertaining or have ships that I love more, I just FELT what Molly was going through more than anyone else. There were several times where I had to stop and just sit with what I had just read because it just hit so close to home to how I've felt about crushes and boys and relationships and taking chances and rejection and being comfortable in your own skin and just AHH this book is nothing if not hella relatable. That mess out of the way, Molly and Reid were absolutely adorable together. I felt a kinship with Reid because I, too, am obsessed with Mini Eggs. The diversity was A++++ and I fell in love with Molly and Cassie's mums. I always have to give kudos to books and authors that openly talk about "taboo" subjects and Becky Albertalli does it perfectly.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute romance A very sweet romance, awkward but cute. It's relatable for teenage girls
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I wasn't really expecting to like this book, since the main characters are in a heterosexual relationship, and those kinds of books are usually not very well written, but I LOVED it!!! It was interesting and kept my interest through out the entire book!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute This book was very relatable for girls in high school who feel as Molly does. At times the interactions with Molly can be awkward, but in a sweet way
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's cute in an awkward way which I love Honestly, I just love all of Becky Albertalli's stuff
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awkward... but so cute! I loved Molly, she was a unique character and I was so happy to root for her. The romance was so cute, awkward and super nerdy. There's a lot of inclusionary topics in this book and it is a really great diverse YA read. I had an awesome time with this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not love it It felt like Molly and Cassie were super passive aggressive towards one another and nothing really happened. Like there was very little conflict between the two. There was the outburst of frustration from Molly or Cassie but that was about it. Also, what was that cringe-y line from Simon (from Simon vs. the Homosapien's Agenda) where he says that he would have had a crush on Molly if he were straight? Or did I hallucinate that?
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I really enjoyed reading this. It was quick, it was easy, but I found the romance super cute and I liked all the characters in the book.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet romance This book just absolutely cemented my love for Becky Albertalli's books. Something about the way she writes her characters makes them feel so real and so relatable. She seems to write about teenager's who don't quite understand how the world works and how they fit into it, and I just absolutely love it. Molly is honestly such a lovely character. I FRICKIN love her so much, I want to be her best friend. I loved seeing her perspective on life. She's so unconventional, and she pulls it off really well. I loved every single side character in this book, and there were actually quite a few. I loved Mina, and Olivia, and Max and Will and Reid. I was so happy by how present Abby was in this story. I loved the dynamic between Cassie and Molly, especially as a twin myself. It was so heartwarming and also so heartbreaking to see them grow together and also grow apart. Their relationship was so grounding for them, and it felt very personal to me. I've seen a lot of people saying that they found Molly to be annoying, but I really felt that her worries and anxieties were realistic to a teenager, and I related to many of the situations she was going through. Molly struggles with feeling like everyone around her is growing up without her, and it was portrayed in a lovely way. The book deals with some really important topics like homophobia (Molly and Cassie have two mom's), and body image. I loved that it wasn't really about Molly learning to love her body, but rather, watching her as she grows into the person that she already is, and realizing that she doesn't need to change to get what she wants, or to pursue her dream guy. Speaking of which, I loved Reid. It was obvious from the beginning that he cared about Molly. He was such a developed character, and his easy and calm spirit worked well next to Molly's anxiety ridden thoughts. Other things I loved - Cassie and Molly's mom's were so supportive to the girls - all the texting - serious chocolate mini egg appreciation - a lot of amazing use of emoji's - a small but satisfying cameo from Simon <3 - many shoutouts to Pinterest - Molly was really crafty!!! Small list of dislikes - I swear Albertalli shamed the Lord of the Rings which is actually not okay - Small love triangle - Max was a really pointless character
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Story This is the kind of book that makes you feel warm and happy the whole way through. In my opinion, the perfect summer read!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute and awk I thought this book was very good. It had so much representation (fat, LGBTQIA+, jewish, etc.). As a plus sized woman myself who has not read many stories where the main character is fat, was amazing for me. Molly has had many crushes in her lifetime, but she's never acted on them. When her twin sister tries to set her up with a friend of her girlfriends, she decided that maybe rejection is what she needs. It helps her come to terms with her true feelings. I loved the dynamic between Molly and Reid. It was so cute and awkward. I have not read Simon at this point, but I cannot wait to, along with other books by Becky.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I didn't have the same enjoyment from this book as i got from the first book, abby is my least favourite of the group, so it being about her family wasn't a huge motivating factor, the relationship was just ok. I enjoyed the moments between the family more
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and fun story! I wasn't expecting to like The Upside of Unrequited as uch as I did. I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I love Becky Albertalli, but the premise didn't stand out to me as much - so I was surprised. While I wouldn't say that it's particularly unique in its plot, The Upside of Unrequited was exceptionally well-written and had the same adorable tone as Simon did. Also, for a story starring a straight character, it was surprisingly gay, which - bonus. What really stood out to me was Molly, whom I LOVED. She was such a hilarious and relatable character and so very real. While her voice did match Simon in some areas, it was more in style, so she was quite different from Simon. I think I could relate to her more as well, because she's more of a wallflower. I wasn't expecting to really care about the romance, but I was screaming at Molly to get her head on and get with Reid for like half the book. Becky Albertalli is GOOD at writing romance, guys. All the supporting characters were lovely, especially Molly's family. I love their dynamics, especially the exploration of sisterhood with Cassie and Molly, which was written incredibly well. I was surprised to see that it was such a big party of the book, but it was probably one of my favourites to read about. And of course, Nadine and Patty were great and their relationship and plotline had me grinning ear to ear on a crowded train. The way that more serious issues were discussed, like Molly's anxiety and how she faced fatphobia, was also done really well. While I would't say that The Upside of Unrequited is as good as Simon, it's still a very good successor, and people who liked Simon will definitely like a lot of things about Molly and her story.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant tale This book was so amazingly cute and adorable, I loved every single one of the characters.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is EVERYTHING Honestly, I have very few complaints. This book had me laughing and smiling the whole way through. It was frighteningly accurate and relatable. The characters were so well developed and loveable. I wish I could read this again and again and again as if it was the first time all over again. Do yourself a giant favour and read this book.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful mix of humour, drama, and adventure This is a lighthearted contemporary young adult novel about your average teenage girl (Molly) and her life. Like most teens her age, all Molly really wants to do is get a boyfriend. Except not really. She has lots of other interests but when even her twin sister has her first relationship, Molly feels left out. This is a light read and fun. Molly is absolutely adorable. And why wouldn't hipster boy like her? Who wouldn't? She might not be a skinny mini but she's wonderful. Although for me - a nerdy boy who is a huge Tolkien fan ... well, I was rooting for Reid the whole time. Have a read and see if Molly ends up with a boyfriend or just new friends by the end of the story. Albertalli has a gift for capturing the true teen voice. Molly is real and the reader can't help empathizing with her situation. A wonderful mix of humour, drama, and adventure - check it out!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adorable! I absolutely loved this book! SO CUTE! There is amazing LGBTQ rep in this and I couldn't put it down !
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA Novel I love when YA books have: 1) relatable characters 2) a juicy love story 3) a plot that keeps me turning the pages way past my bedtime For me, The Upside of Unrequited had all three. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Becky Albertalli writes about the most average things in the most profound ways.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i read this cause there were lesbians im a lesbian and read it cause lesbians. Also doin it for the 10 plum points
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOA I didn't think it was possible to like this book as much as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. But it happened!!!! The writing and characters pulled me in!
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this book I love her writing style. I felt annoying some characters sometimes however I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I really happy about the ending.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from halfway read I started reading this two months ago and put it down and never picked it back up. I enjoyed it a little, I kinda related molly myself, but it just felt a little cheesy. like the author was trying realllllly hard to make molly relatable. But I loved Molly's two moms and the relationship of the family, I thought it was such a nice way to represent the LGBT, it made me smile.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible book I really disliked this book. Relying on a boy to determine your self worth??? Calling yourself the fat girl??? Sorry but no. If it was possible to give negative stars I would do so. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good If you thought I loved Simon vs, you better get ready. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This is the closest I have got to ready a novel in one sitting in almost three years it's so good, heart warming, unique, and all the important things. I love all the characters, the plot was amazing and the whole book incorporated so much dibersity that gets overlooked in most books deemed as "diverse books". I don't have much else I can say that isn't incoherent babble but I love it.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Not what I expected so a pleasant surprise.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love loveee this book such incredible writing another amazing book but a great author
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this book was so cute! it was very fluffy but also very real. the topics talked about are so important but they're also broken up with some comedy and cute moments
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a good read Sex and relationships are important subjects. Teen boys and girls are especially curious about them. How does it work? How does one get a boyfriend or girlfriend? When is the right time for those two things? Molly Peskin wants to fall in love with someone and for that person to fall in love with her back very badly, but she’s scared. Her sister doesn’t seem to be daunted by anything; she even got herself a really cute girlfriend in a short amount of time. Becky Albertalli did a fairly good job illustrating themes such as first love, twin connection, equality, sexuality and coming of age, which is what this book is—a Bildungsroman. I believe, however, that this novel needed two point of views. One from Molly, which we do have, and one from her twin sister, Cassie, because, although it’s part of the story, Cassie keeps many things from her sister. Seeing unrevealed, private interactions between her and Mina would have added even more dept to this story. It honestly was enjoyable, because of all the subjects it tackles and its constant fast-pacing. Unfortunately, I did not like the writing at all. I do, however, believe Becky Albertalli writes about/analyses interesting topics using interesting references and detail, but her writing itself did not impress me in any way. It’s not elegant, pretty or special. It’s simple, unsurprising and unoriginal. Regardless, this is a book I find salient people read, exactly because of all the themes mentioned previously. It’s true that it’s a romance contemporary book, and maybe not ALL that different from the other ones out there, but what’s on the side—LGBT, sexuality, family, confidence—makes it stand out a little more.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite of the year Whenever I think about Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, I just want to shmoosh my cheeks together and make a loud screeching noise. (Great mental image, eh?) This book means a whole lot to me. This book stands as a) the first book I’ve re-read in a long time, probably since mid-series Harry Potter and b) one of my absolute new favourite books ever. I’d be really surprised if it wasn’t my #1 by the end of 2017 – it definitely is right now. The Upside of Unrequited is about a 17-year-old girl named Molly Peskin-Suso. She’s a bigger gal, but with a big heart to match. (Also nice thing to note about the book – Molly’s comfortable in her body, not once mentions losing weight, but it does affect her self esteem at times, which is normal.) She’s sensitive, crafty and hella confused about life. While she’s counted up to 26 crushes in her short lifetime, she’s never had a boyfriend, and that’s all she wants. But when her twin sister Cassie mentions that Molly has never put herself out there or been rejected to warrant feeling rejection, it gives her a push to open up a bit more, just in time for crush number 27. But with that comes vulnerability, something Molly is used to protecting. Plus Cassie has her first girlfriend, and Molly is missing their twin dynamic, which causes unfamiliar stress for Molly. I really loved the family dynamic in this book, too. While Cassie annoyed me because she was completely oblivious to her sister and her spiralling mental state, it was real. Cassie was so focused on her first real relationship, too, and it made her act selfishly and lash out at her family. And their moms are lovely and setting the story to be in Washington DC when gay marriage was made legal made it even cuter and lovelier for them to get married. And then there’s Reid. Oh, Reid. Aka the guy Molly has fallen hard for. They work together in a hip gift shop and when Molly asks Reid what his favourite item in the store is, it’s a card. So, he was a done deal for me. (Also he’s super sweet, confident and swoony.) I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something sweet, adorable, and relatable. I know I saw a lot myself in Molly, and I know others do too, but I have a feeling that even if you don’t identify as much as I do, there’s something in here for you. I could go on and on about this book, but I think this has been enough!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and fun read! As some of the other reviewers have said, I found this book very relatable. Many of the characters' situations are like those you would face in real life, especially as a teenager. It was easy to read, very light and cute!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So relatable! I love Albertalli's books! I always find her characters very relatable and often find myself laughing out loud. Would 10/10 recommend for a perfect YA summer read.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite so far of 2017 This book is so cute and fluffy, and everything you'd expect from the author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I honestly love this book so much.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute This one was really cute and a quick read. Yes! for representation!! A plus to read for every teen.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I really enjoyed this book. I really like Becky's writing as well as her novels because they're always really cute and happy and captivating. They never bring you down. I really loved the characters in this book and I especially loved that it was connect to her other book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda because we got to have a little peak at they're lives a couple months later. I would definitely recommend this book if you want a nice light hearted adorable read, but I would suggest reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda first (also a super cute book).
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! It's a great read and I'm glad they incorporated a lot of diversity into the novel. It's a light read and I felt that the characters were developed well and I liked seeing how different characters interacted with one another. Overall it's a fun, light read that's good for those who love YA/Teen romance novels :)
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This was a cute and quick contemporary read! Becky Albertalli's other book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens was so amazing it's hard not to compare the two. I didn't enjoy it as much but I still think it's worth reading! I also enjoyed the diversity featured in this book and one of my favourite scenes was when everyone celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. :) I enjoyed Molly's character and I found her to be pretty realistic and relatable. Cassie was pretty shitty during the majority of the book but by the end she apologized got her shit together. The romance was adorable as well!
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute really light but could have been a little bit better
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors, and this book shows why. It's ownvoices, and she does it so well. Not to mention, she mentions me in her acknowledgments. <3
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I read this author other book (Simon vs the Homosapien agenda) and I absolutely loved it! That is why I was excited to read this book. However I was a bit disappointed because I felt that the story lacked something. It was still an enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was just an ok read for me, I nether loved it nor hated it. I will say that I would pick Simon over Molly any day..
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable This was such a feel-good read. I was warm and fuzzy the entire time, smiling down at the book like a silly person. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Super boring! Just the way it was written and the plot line was terrible. Not worth the read!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it What a fantastic cutesy book. It was refreshing and different from a lot of contemporary fiction, and I flew through it.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great teen read! A fun and easy read. The characters were so realistic and relatable and the story was fast-paced. I'm not usually a fan of contemporary but I couldn't put this one down!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh - But Good I think I was a bit disappointed only because I hyped it up so much in my mind and had too many expectations. It was still a good book and I enjoyed the relationship between cassie & the boy she ends up with in the story. So would still recommend
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Such an entertaining book to read, highly recommended
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible i love love loved this book. so good i couldnt put it down. buy it read it love it repeat NOW
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli I believe, however, that this novel needed two point of views. One from Molly, which we do have, and one from her twin sister, Cassie, because, although it’s part of the story, Cassie keeps many things from her sister. Seeing unrevealed, private interactions between her and Mina would have added even more dept to this story. It was enjoyable, because of all the subjects it tackles and its constant fast-pacing. Unfortunately, I did not like the writing at all. I do, however, believe Becky Albertalli writes about/analyses interesting topics using interesting references and detail, but her writing itself did not impress me in any way. It’s not elegant, pretty or special. It’s simple, unsurprising and unoriginal.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! I was scared I would be disappointed by this book, simply because I loved Simon vs the Homo sapiens Agenda so much, but this book was just as cute as I wanted it to be. It was fun without being shallow, and the cast of characters was really entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, cute book to read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read! I can't decide whether I should rate this book 3.5 or 4 stars. Now don't get me wrong, 3.5 isn't a bad rating on my part. Lately I haven't been reading anything that blew my mind or made me feel so much at once. Maybe I'm still suffering from a book hangover. Nevertheless, <b>The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is a funny, sweet, and lighthearted book filled with relatable characters and a ton of diversity.</b> There are so many elements in this story that will make readers fall in love with everything about this book, but my favourites were: - The diversity. There is so much representation for people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community. Not only that, but the Peskin-Suso family are Jewish and the twins, Molly and Cassie, are sperm-donor babies. - The characters. Oh man, everyone in this story is so flawed but so relatable and wonderful. There's jealousy, insecurity, anger, and the struggle to adapt to inevitable change. It's ugly, but I'm really happy that they are not 2-Dimensional. - Molly's thought process. She's so hilarious and I often found myself laughing along to something witty or painfully awkward. - The relationship dynamic between family. It's precious to see how family oriented Molly is. Everyone in the Peskin-Suso family are awesome. Despite my lack of enthusiasm, I definitely recommend it to anybody who loves cute little YA romances that involves different aspects of diversity.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute and so diverse! 4.5/5 *I received an ARC of this book though Indigo Books and Music, all thoughts are my own* This was great! I read this in (almost) one sitting, and was grinning for most of the time. There were so many things I wasn’t expecting to see written in a teen book and so many diverse elements without it seeming unnatural: (This is mainly going to be a list of everything I appreciated about this book so it you don't want to know anything then avert your eyes, but people's ethnicities and sexualities are not secrets and it's a teen contemporary so is there really anything to "spoil"?) -Molly’s family is interracial and Jewish -Her parents are both women (one American bisexual, one African-American lesbian) -Her and her twin sister are sperm-donor babies -She is an awkward self-identified chubby feminist who’s very crafts/Pinterest/DIY oriented and takes Zoloft for her anxiety (also on-page discussion of how parties are different for her because she has to be careful with combining alcohol and her pills) -Her sister Cassie is a tough says-what-she-thinks lesbian who begins a relationship with a Korean-American pansexual girl -The main character’s love interest is a nerdy Jewish boy she works with over the summer -There are also minor gay characters, on-page acknowledgement of asexuality, and one of Molly’s former crushes is a trans guy. Also really nice that this wasn’t in a school setting, but also not a camping/beach summer setting, you know? There is a very strong and loving sister relationship which was great to see, and Molly and her friends all have quite healthy friendships and talk about really important things that I haven’t yet seen in YA before: telling one of her friends that her boyfriend had no right “policing her vagina” or telling her what to do with her body/pubic hair, them calling out people who slut-shame, them discussing the abstract construct of virginity and heteronormative sex. It was also so refreshing that the parents were super involved in everything and are their own separate people and have their own story line. There is open acceptance of breastfeeding and a conversation between Molly and one of her moms about birth control instead of telling her to be abstinent. It was pretty fantastic all-around. Even though the main plot is Molly really wanting a boyfriend, she has character development and hobbies and a job and relationships outside of that, and there is discussion about how it is okay to want a relationship without it consuming you. I will say that I think this would be more on the older side of teen in terms of it being relatable. I don't think younger teens should be limited in their reading but I understand that there are some thing that parents don't want their kids reading about. There is a lot of swearing (mostly just in normal conversation) and while nothing NSFW happens there is a lot of talk surrounding sex (but it's all very accepting and positive and inclusive). If your kid is going to read about that stuff, let them read this book because it has so much to offer. I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this in advance. This book was so much fun. I was writing down quotes most of the time and was so happy to see certain words or phrases being included into this book (i.e. Lin-Manuel Miranda, chub rub) that made it very current and relatable. I staff-picked this the day it came out, and hope you get a chance to read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I love Becky Albertalli, and it was no surprise to me that I absolutely loved this book. All the rep that's in this book is amazing, and is much needed.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Relatable. Amazing. Perfect. Diverse. Adorable. 1000% on par with Simon. I love Molly and this book just as much. I'm wondering if I can fit in an immediate reread because pure and utter happiness in a book.
Date published: 2017-03-15

Editorial Reviews

“This book is absolutely adorable and has so much diversity! I fail to see how anyone cannot love this book and its characters.” A Best Book of 2017