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The upside of unrequited / by Becky Albertalli.
Publication Information:
N2017ew York, New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.

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340 pages ; 22 cm
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle.


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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.


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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

When introverted Molly's self-confident twin Cassie starts dating the "fucking adorable" girl of her dreams, Molly worries she's losing her sister. Enter a crush: Molly's sweet, unapologetically uncool coworker Reid. With a matter-of-factly multiracial family (Molly, Cassie, and one of their mothers are white; their other mother, younger brother, and beloved cousin are not), this perceptive dramedy tackles substantial themes with warmth and subtlety. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.