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The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli


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"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'

From the award-winning author of Simon vs.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"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'

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

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?


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062348708
  • ISBN-10: 0062348701
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 352
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Molly Peskin-Suso is the opposite of sexually precocious: now 17, shes had twenty-six crushes and exactly zero kisses. When love finds her more confident twin sister, Cassie, a fissure develops that Molly reads as the inevitable first step toward twin division, the part where we turn from we to she and me. Cassie tries to hook Molly up with a pal of new girlfriend Mina, but Molly is drawn to Reid, a co-worker who Mina describes, derogatorily, as one of those Ren Faire guys. Season pass, full costume. Albertallis follow-up to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda features a diverse family (Mollys mothers are different races and religions) living in Beltway Washington the year gay marriage is legalized. Its as full of heart as Simon (Simon himself makes a cameo appearance) and is replete with humor and honestly drawn characters like Grandma Betty, who comments inappropriately about Mollys weight and thinks all lesbians have short hair. The cheerful resolution has Molly finding her own path, concluding that, no matter how well-intentioned ones wingman might be, you have to be your hearts own goalie. Ages 14up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (Apr.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Growing up in tandem

Molly Peskin-Suso has had 26 crushes, but never a boyfriend. Not even a kiss. She’s just never felt ready to put herself out there. But during her 17th summer, her twin sister, Cassie, falls head over heels for the girl of her dreams, their moms are finally allowed to marry, and not one, but two boys take an interest in Molly. Love, it seems, is all around. But will these new relationships change things between Molly and Cassie? Will Molly be able to take the risk?

Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, has a knack for capturing the all-encompassing emotions of adolescence, and her talents are on full display in The Upside of Unrequited. In a moment when Molly is feeling particularly low, her mother notes that being 17 feels like both the end and the beginning of the world. This becomes a mantra that sets the tone for the book, as Albertalli’s characters revel in the ups and downs of friendship and first love.

The Peskin-Suso twins and their friends are a lovable, diverse group of talented teens, made relatable by the fact that each is rife with his or her own insecurities about growing up and fitting in. The characters’ authentic voices will feel intimately familiar to teen readers and will catapult older readers back to their high school days.

This article was originally published in the April 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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