The Upside of Unrequited || A Book Review

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli || 3/5

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because 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. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And 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 an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


  • The writing style was lovely.
  • I appreciate the pacing.
  • I like that it takes place in the Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda universe and that we get to see some of our favorite characters, but it seemed somewhat awkward to force them to show up. But it made me happy, so *shrugs*.
  • Aside from Molly, our main character, the other characters weren’t developed at all.
  • I wasn’t attached to Molly or any of the other characters. I didn’t find Molly relatable.
  • Molly was constantly thinking about dating and boys and etc. etc. It got repetitive.
  • There’s not much of a plot.
  • Overall, it’s a decent book, though somewhat boring. I’d recommend it if you enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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What If It’s Us || Book Review (This is the most adorable book ever)

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera || 6/5

  • I love this book SO MUCH. I’m sad that there isn’t any fanart yet.
  • It’s very adorable, very cute, and very, very awesome.
  • My homework suffered while I was reading this. I kept having to read just one more chapter. And whenever I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about reading it. That honestly sounds like Arthur and Ben when they’re crushing on each other.
  • The characters are amazing and you can’t help but fall in love with them.
  • The characters are complex and flawed and well-developed and unique and they feel like real people. I’m kinda surprised they’re not.
  • The characters make this book. They drive it forward and make it spectacular.
  • The magical blend of Albertalli and Silvera’s writing styles is the thing you didn’t know you needed, but you totally need. The separate styles meshed so well. And the ending.
  • I was smiling for the majority of the book.
    • Seriously, that’s hard to do.
    • No, really. That’s impressive.
    • I was smiling at the spot-on humor, the characters’ goofiness, or the amazing adorableness of it.
  • Dylan. Is. Amazing.
    • He’s like another Keefe. (For all you peeps who don’t know, Keefe Sencen is my favorite character person. He’s from Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities.)
  • I loved the ending. It was inconclusive, but I think it’s better that way.
    • Also. Just throwing it out there. Sequel?
      • Well, not really a sequel. Like a novella in the future that’s about how everything turned out sparkles and cotton candy and rainbows.
  • Also. I love the cover. Just look at the awesome watercolor-ness of it.

In conclusion. Everyone, read this! It’s so, so amazing.


Read 10/21/2018 – 10/24/2018

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I’ve read a couple amazing books this time around. Some of them will be new favorites. But it seems like I’ve also been DNFing (DNF=did not finish) books left and right. I always feel a bit bad when I DNF a book because I’ll never know if it got better later on. It could’ve been a new favorite of mine. (Most likely not, but still.) But after reading the entirety of Matched and The Isle of the Lost (my two least favorite books) based on this notion, I’ve been better about DNFing a book when I know it won’t work.


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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda || 5/5

The writing style was a bit choppy, but that was a character trait of Simon (as mentioned in the book). Other than that, this book was perfect. I absolutely LOVED the characters, especially Simon. I do wish the minor characters could be developed more, but again it was a character trait of Simon’s to mostly focus on himself.

The author was amazing at creating dramatic moments. This book is beautiful. Everyone, go read it right now.


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Let the Sky Fall || DNF

I picked this book up because the author, Shannon Messenger, wrote Keeper of the Lost Cities, one of my all-time favorite series. So I was expecting a lot from this one, but it didn’t really fit my tastes. First, it was a love story. Blech. I read about a third of this book.

The characters were incredibly annoying. The plot was pretty good, though. Vane was just plain irritating and Audra was overly aggressive and serious. I can just feel her glaring at everyone.

The romance was super weird. Vane and Audra both despise each other’s personalities, but are physically attracted to each other. Which is gross. It’s like, “I hate everything meaningful about you, but I’m gonna try and kiss you anyway because you’re randomly beautiful.” (It should be noted that I didn’t read the entire book and these are just my observations about the book so far.)

What I liked about the romance in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was that Simon and Blue fall in love with each other’s personalities without knowing what the other person looks like. Vane and Audra are in the complete opposite situation.

I might try this book again because Shannon Messenger. Have any of you read this book? Was it good?


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Pathfinder || DNF

This one just didn’t work.


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A List of Cages || 5/5

This book has all the feels! It messes with your emotions, peeps.

The major characters were amazing and I loved them, but the minor characters could definitely use some development. They all blended into one another. Adam has so many friends. They multiply like rabbits and the mash together like a paintball game. I could not tell which was which. Their blandness was an issue when a particular friend among the millions was referred to.

Sometimes (especially at one particular point), the characters made some illogical choices, which was somewhat annoying.

I think people who like John Green would like this book. Speaking of which. In John Green books (specifically Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) and A List of Cages, the main characters are high school seniors and the way they refer to freshmen freaks me out. 1) Will I be like that when I’m a senior? 2) Do all old people think like that? 3) There must be something wrong with these people.


Currently Reading

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This book is so good! This series has somehow managed to get even better.


TBR

  1. They Both Die at The End
  2. Seraphina
  3. The Rose Society
  4. Crooked Kingdom