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The Upside of Unrequited
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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...
"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...
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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. 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?

About the Author-

  • Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, 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 www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 20, 2017
    Molly Peskin-Suso is the opposite of sexually precocious: now 17, she’s 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.” Albertalli’s follow-up to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda features a diverse family (Molly’s mothers are different races and religions) living in Beltway Washington the year gay marriage is legalized. It’s 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 Molly’s weight and thinks all lesbians have short hair. The cheerful resolution has Molly finding her own path, concluding that, no matter how well-intentioned one’s wingman might be, you have to be your heart’s own goalie. Ages 14–up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2017
    Tired of crushing with no kisses, 17-year-old Molly decides to take a chance on love.Molly has always felt inferior to her fraternal twin, Cassie: though both are white, Molly is brown-haired, brown-eyed, and fat in contrast to Cassie's blonde slenderness. But Molly doesn't hate her body--she's just afraid other people do. The combination of these feelings of inadequacy with ordinary teen awkwardness is a recipe for uneasy interactions with boys. Molly's 26 crushes have all been unrequited--but have they, really? When Cassie falls in love for the first time, and two eligible possibilities present themselves, Molly decides to risk rejection. Against the backdrop of the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. and the planning of her moms' subsequent nuptials, Molly struggles between choosing the boy she actually likes and the one who seems ideal. Themes of body image, rejection, first love, and the evolution of familial relationships--particularly between sisters--loom large. Molly is the queen of teen angst, and her voice may grate on readers. The cast is wonderfully diverse (family, sexual orientation, religion/culture, race, size, mental health), which is why it's so sad that, though well-drawn, the characters are hard to connect with. While that's disappointing, fans of romance and those looking to diversify their shelves may be willing to forgive its foibles. (Fiction. 14-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from February 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-Growing up can mean growing apart, which is a hard revelation for twins Cassie and Molly Peskin-Suso. When Cassie, who is a lesbian, begins dating Mina, a pansexual Korean American, Molly feels a little cast aside. Molly, who has an anxiety disorder, has silently nursed 26 crushes and is working on finally risking the rejection she fears and starting to date. Cassie wants Molly to hook up with Mina's best friend, Will, but Molly might be more interested in sweet and endearingly geeky Reid. While the girls are navigating these new worlds of romance, things don't slow down in other parts of their lives. Cassie and Molly's moms are finally getting married, so there's a wedding to plan, much to the delight of Pinterest-savvy Molly; plus there are jobs, friends, and a busy baby brother. Molly, Cassie, and all of the secondary characters are well-developed and distinctive. The outspoken girls have honest, humorous, and sometimes awkward conversations with each other, their friends, and their supportive and loving moms about relationships and growing up. Albertalli's keen ear for authentic teen voices will instantly make readers feel that they are a part of Cassie and Molly's world, filled with rich diversity (Cassie and Molly's family is Jewish and interracial), love, support, and a little heartache. In the satisfying conclusion, Molly and Cassie learn that letting new people into their lives does not have to mean shutting out others.

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Entertainment Weekly 'While first kisses, first loves, and even first sexual experiences have all been dealt with in some form or another, she tackles these big milestones head-on and with aplomb."
  • SLJ (starred review) ★ "Readers will fall in love with this fresh, honest, inclusive look at dating, families, and friendship. A top purchase for all YA collections."
  • ALA Booklist "In her second, relationship-rich novel, Albertalli's take on the agonies and ecstasies of adolescent love are spot-on."
  • Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS "Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can't stop hugging this book."
  • Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN' "I have such a crush on this book! Not only is this one a must read, but it's a must re-read."
  • Brightly.com 'A funny, relatable novel that's filled with well-rounded, diverse characters." Best Books of the Month

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