[Book Talk] The Upside of Unrequited

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Read: April 2017

Synopsis:

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.

Right?

My Thoughts

Alright, before I start this review, I just have to comment on some of the reviews I had read about this book, saying that Molly shouldn’t find her happiness in a boy and she should find her self-confidence elsewhere, BUT it says right there in the synopsis what the book is about. To just shout out the predictability of YA novels, was it really going to end with Molly and Reid NOT getting together?

First off, I loved this book. I could connect with Molly so well because I was her growing up. I had those friends who were gorgeous and could get a boyfriend just like that. I felt so lonely and always wondered why no one would ask me out. What was wrong with me? So I knew what Molly was going through. It’s tough being 17 and seeing all your friends getting boyfriends and girlfriends – and, in Molly’s case, seeing her moms get married. I mean, it’s a lot to take in!

Second, there’s so much diversity in this book, which was wonderful. Not once did I feel like Becky Albertalli was just checking items off a list of what race to include or whether this character should be a lesbian or bisexual. It all just flowed so nice and everything felt right. It wasn’t one of those happy happy books where everyone gets along, though. Molly’s grandma is rude towards Molly’s weight, and Molly’s aunt hasn’t talked to her mom for a long time, most likely due to her relationship status.

There’s so much going on in Molly’s life that I can totally see why she’d look for some happiness – even if it was with a boy. It’s not like she doesn’t know who she is. She loves to create things and is using her talents to do the decorations for her moms’ upcoming wedding. She gets a job and gets to use her skills there. She’s had so many crushes but not one boyfriend and when she meets Reid, something happens and sparks fly — but after so much unrequited love, will something happen?

I loved Reid. I loved that he was a bit of a nerd and he was funny and just got Molly. I liked that he wasn’t just the handsome jock but someone who Molly could actually connect with and have fun with. I liked Cassie and her relationship with Molly. Yeah, this book deals with Molly and her looking for love, but it also deals with two sisters and what happens when they do reach that age where they start to have boyfriends and girlfriends. Once sacred relationships are tested and they somehow have to find a way back to each other.

This was such a great story to read and I loved how much I connected with it and am really looking forward to Becky Albertalli’s next book. She has such an engaging way of writing that pulls a reader in! Plus, this book was a super fast read, which was nice. It’s the perfect summer read, or the perfect book to unwind with at the end of a long day.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

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This Week In Books – May 10th – 16th, 2017

This Week In Books


“This Week In Books” is a weekly event, hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found, that lets readers share what they read, what they’re reading, and what they’re planning to read next. I thought it would be a nice way to recap my reading week and share a few thoughts on what I’ve been reading.

 
 

What I Read:

Is it weird to say my reading slowed down this week when I’ve only read 4 books? I feel like when I say “only” four books it’s more than other people read, but the number seems small to me!

A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay, #3) by Susan Mallery – This one was okay, but not my favourite. One of the main characters is going crazy about her 18-month-old not talking and yet here I am with a nearly 22-month-old who doesn’t talk and a 3.5 year old in speech therapy. I constantly thought that 18 months old is just too darn young to start worrying and I couldn’t get over it! I also hated the mom in this book.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas – Finally! The conclusion to this amazing series! I really enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn’t quite the epic-ness I was expecting. There were a few things that really irked me while I read this and it just didn’t grab me as much as the second book did.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen – I won this book from Indigo and got it last week and decided to listen to the audiobook since my library had it. It was okay … I thought that it wasn’t a great representation of mental illness, especially since it seems to sound like if you find love, you’ll be okay.

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout – I’ve had this book on my shelf forever it seems and finally got the audiobook from the library to listen to. It was really good! It’s hard to rate a non-fiction, first hand encounter book, but I thought that Amanda’s story was moving, though kind of lacking in emotion. I’m glad I finally got to it!

What I’m Currently Reading:

What? I’m only reading one book? It feels so weird!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) by Jenny Han – I’m really not too far into this at all to comment on it, but so far I’m enjoying it! I read somewhere that this was originally a two book series, so I’m really interested to see how this one turns out.

What I Plan To Read Next: 

I’ve been reading lots of serious books or long books and I just want to read some fun books now for a little bit!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – I think this one just looks adorable. It’s a Cinderella retelling and even though I’m not the biggest fan of retellings, this one looks great. And I’ve heard really good things about it!

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan – I’ve been seeing this book EVERYWHERE and just keep hearing how hilarious and awesome it is. I love the idea of the big and mighty god, Apollo, having to endure life as a 16 year old boy! Seriously can’t wait to get to this one!

New On The Shelf


 

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am crazy for Costco when it comes to books! I read the first two in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series in the past month and saw the WHOLE series in hardcover at Costco the other day! I was just going to get the third book since it’s the only one I need to read, but then I figured it would be lonely on my shelf without the rest of the books so I got them, too. When reorganizing my shelves I realized I still own the ARC of the first book, too!

Last Wednesday, I got my copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the last book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. And I’ve already finished it!

I went on a bit of a Mother’s Day shopping spree, since I had a few gift cards to use. My mom thought it was funny that I came to the bookstore with a list, but I’m glad I went prepared! I could’ve gotten so many more books but already by owned TBR is getting out of control again, so time to try and NOT buy more. That’s a laugh, right?

What I’m Waiting For


From the author of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and The Lost & Found comes a magical new YA novel about 24 dares, 3 weeks, and taking a leap into the unknown.

Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.

Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.

In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.

This gorgeous novel is perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, with the scavenger hunt feel of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, and a dash of magic that evokes Tuck Everlasting.

June 6, 2017 | HarperCollins Children’s Books

This book sounds so cute! I’m one of those people who has a really hard time getting outside of their comfort zone so I think this will be a great book to read. And it sounds perfect for summer!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? What books are you waiting for to be published?

Rapid Fire Book Tag!

I haven’t done a book tag in so long that when I saw this one over on another blog I just had to participate!

Ebook or Physical Book?

Definitely physical books! Though I read a lot of books via ebook or audiobook, I love the feel (and I’ll admit it, the smell!) of physical books. There’s just nothing like holding a physical book in your hands!

Paperback or Hardback?

I love hardback books for my shelves and paperbacks to read. Some hardback books are just too hefty to carry around!

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I am TERRIBLE for buying books in the store when I know darn well I can get them for a better price online. I’m trying to be more on my case to use Amazon for my book shopping to save money!

Trilogies or Series?

Oh man, this is tricky! Some books I love as a trilogy but when I fall in love with a series I want it to go on forever. But then I wonder when a series will end and whether or not I’ll remember anything by the time the next book comes out …

Heroes or Villains?

Definitely heroes!

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s one of my favourite books!

Recommend an Underrated Book?

Darkhouse by Karina Halle! This is the first book to her Experiment In Terror series and it is AMAZING. This is perfect if you love scary stories! Also, the Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. It’s a middle grade series and so addicted and ridiculously intense!

The Last Book You Finished?

On the Fence by Kasie West … I love her writing! I’m sad I’m totally caught up on her books, though.

The Last Book You Bought

I have a bunch of books on preorder, but the last books that came to my door were Missing by Kelley Armstrong and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?

A bag of tea!

Used Books: Yes or No?

I will definitely take used if they’re in good condition. If they’re ratty, ripped, or have bent covers or broken spines, definitely not.

Top Three Favorite Genres

1. Contemporary
2. Romance
3. Fantasy

Borrow or Buy?

Both! I borrow from the library, usually ebooks but sometimes physical copies, and I buy books from authors I love or books that I know I’m going to love. Or sometimes just books that will look so pretty on my shelf!

Characters or Plot?

Characters. If I don’t feel like I can connect with anyone in a book on some level, I’m usually not going to like it. And someone has to have some redeeming or likeable qualities!

Long or Short Books?

Both … lol. But I like to alternate. Sometimes I can’t read so many long books in a row, I need to throw in some short books, too.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters. I can’t put a book down until I’ve finished a chapter so abnormally long chapters throw me off!

Name The First Three Books You Think Of?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Naive. Super by Erlend Loe
Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry?

I remember when I read Damn You Autocorrect and I could barely drink water while reading, it was so hilarious! And when I think of books I’ve cried reading, Morgan Matson’s Open Road Summer definitely comes to mind.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Definitely fictional worlds! My real world with two kids is so chaotic sometimes that I love to escape to a fantasy world!

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes! Close to half of the books I’ve read this year have been audiobooks! Again, with two kids, it’s hard to find reading time, so when we drive or if I’m doing housework, I’ll throw on an audiobook and it feels like I get some more time to myself.

Do You Judge Books By Their Covers?

Yup. If a book has a terrible cover I have a hard time thinking it will be good. Part of me thinks that books shouldn’t have any covers so we don’t judge them, but I love beautiful book covers too much to let them go!

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Definitely book to TV … I feel like with TV adaptations you get so much more. With shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, and 13 Reasons Why you get more than you would in a 90-minute movie.

A Movie or TV Show You Preferred To Its Book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read the book just because I got tickets to the movie premiere and read the book before seeing it and thought it was awful and boring. The movie was so much better!

Series or Stand Alones?

Stand alone! I always prefer a solo book to a series. UNLESS the whole series is out and it’s short. Then if I love the first book I want the series.


And that’s it! That was fun to answer!