Blog Tour || The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 11th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository

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?

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is straight up relatable, especially for me, a real life Molly. Fat, and no boyfriend since birth. I love this book as much as I did Simon and there’s no doubt that Becky Albertalli knows exactly how tickle my fancy with her characters and their stories.

Since I’m probably just going to vomit some words about this book, I’m just going to divide it to three sections.

Characters

I abso-freaking-lutely love all the characters in the story. Molly definitely was my girl. I’ve never related to a girl so fast! I adore her so much, I could wrap some bubble film around her and protect her. It wasn’t hard to envision myself in her shoes because I’m her, and she’s me (except I’m 4 years older haha). Molly is exceptionally talented when it comes to DIY crafts, and she’s one of the people who can utilize Pinterest so damn well. Also, she has like 20+ crushes which also screams ME!

I also adored Cassie, Molly’s twin, and her being a badass. She speaks her mind frankly. Although, it was hard to read the scenes where Cassie and Molly had some fight because I could definitely relate to it and it sort of brought up some memories from my teenage years, still I felt like it was a good thing that this kind of narrative was used.

I also enjoyed reading Mina (Cassie’s new girlfriend), Will (that hipster sidekick), and Olivia (One of Molly and Cassie’s friends) and their backstories. Reid though, this freaking nerdy doofus, I love this guy so much and all his weird funny everything.

I also loved the Simon, Nick, and Abby cameos!

Romance

The romance was super fricking adorable LIKE WHAAAAT?? I just love it so much but I will keep my mouth shut just because.

Message

I really loved the message this book has put out, especially for readers who can definitely identify, not only with Molly, but also to the other characters in the story. Molly also deals with anxiety, and actually has a good anxiety rep. This book also celebrates all different kinds of love, may it be romantic love, familial love, or love between friends.

Overall, I love the diversity of the characters and the issues tackled in the book. The balance between the feel good fluffs and the actual tackling of issues made the book enjoyable to read!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors for 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

I did the same post almost a year ago. I remember having so much trouble picking my top ten. Hahaha! You can check them out here. For now, I’ll share my top ten for this year!

  1. Becky Albertalli – I loved her debut Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! Becky is one of my favorite author friends and I love her more than I love coconut oreos!

2. Victoria Schwab – I was seriously blown away by A Darker Shade of Magic! It was the first book I read from her and now I’m looking forward to reading more from her!

3. Paula Stokes – Liars, Inc. was the first book I read from her and one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’ve been constantly looking for The Art of Lainey ever since!

4. Nicola Yoon – Her debut Everything, Everything was one of the best books I’ve read! Her writing style was so spot on I couldn’t even believe that was a debut! Haha!

5. Robin Benway – Emmy and Oliver is one of my ever favorites. I love the way Robin writes and her characters are so realistic.

6. Theresa Kay – Theresa is such an underrated author I SERIOUSLY NEED MORE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT HER AND HER BOOKS! I loved Broken Skies and I’m enjoying Fractured Suns.

7-8. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – ILLUMINAE WAS SO  MINDBLOWING HOW??!!??!?!?!?!!?!?!1

9. Jennifer Niven – Jennifer is one of the sweetest authors I know and I love her even though she made me cry because of All the Bright Places.

10. Kasie West – HELLO CUTE SWOONWORTHY FLUFFY STORY. I’ve only read The Distance Between Us and I’m definitely going to read her other books! My friends have been pushing me to read her and when I finally did, I did not regret a single second of it.

So there! Here’s my top ten, who’s yours?

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Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (ARC)

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Title: Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Rating:★★★★★
Amazon // B&N // Book Depository // Goodreads

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

 

Holy fricking crap! This book is totally amazing! It’s not even halfway through the year but 2015 debuts are already capturing my heart. This has got to be one of the funniest, free-flowing, and refreshing books I’ve read so far. Although, I haven’t read a lot of books that deals with LGBT but don’t worry, my mind is completely open about that.

The book tells about the story of Simon, who has this email-pal that goes by the name Blue. They exchange emails almost everyday while keeping their identities a secret, until one thing happened which changed things between them.

I guess there’s this hazy middle ground between laughing at someone and laughing with someone.

Simon is a really great MC. His character is very funny and relatable. I love his sense of humor and he’s familiar to me in a way, maybe because he reminds me of my friends who are gay as well. I like his relationship with his friends and family. Also he loves Oreos so I love hin so much because Oreos are life.

His best friends, Leah, Nick and Abby were all great characters too! They’re very supportive and kind. Simon’s sisters, Norah and Alice and his relationship with them kind of reminds me of my relationship with my sisters, which is very cool.

Blue is really a mystery. I love that mystery aspect of the book because it will keep you thinking who might his identity be. I had a few people in mind and I’m really happy that one of the people in my list turned out to be him.

I’m just so sick of straight people who can’t get their shit together.

Another thing I love about this book is that it explores gender and sexuality. I took two courses in Uni regarding these and I’m really glad that I did because it’s really liberating and empowering to learn how gender and sexuality appeals to the society. I’m very well aware of the fact that the LBGT community isn’t 100% accepted… yet. However, I know that there will come a time that this will change and I hope it’s in the near future. The book imparts a very important lesson to everyone regarding accepting oneself and others who they are as a person.

Overall, the book was an amazing read. I still can’t believe that this was a debut novel. I’m really looking forward to more of Becky Albertalli’s works in the future.

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Stacking the Shelves #11

 

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews which features our newest additions to our shelves.

Hello, everyone! I’ve got some new titles for today that I acquired in the past week and I’m very much excited to share them to you!

Books Bought/Received:

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
If Only by AJ Pine
What If by AJ Pine
How I Fly by Anne Eliot (Gifted)

ARCs Received:

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Leveller by Julia Durango
Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

So these are the most recent additions to my book pile. Thanks to Anne Eliot and HarperCollins for these lovelies. I’m so excited to read the ARCs I received.

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