Book Talk: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”

 

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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?

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-19 at 3.05.16 PMWhat a cute and fluffy read The Upside of Unrequited is! But never get deceived, though, because it is so full of depth and insights, and the combination of everything in this book is just perfect.

The Upside of Unrequited is about Molly Peskin-Suso, who easily gets crushes (twenty-six, and counting) but none of them were really ever reciprocated. She doesn’t care so much, though, until her twin sister started getting to have a serious girlfriend and her closest friends gets through break-ups and gets to experience stuff that only people in relationships get to experience. Suddenly, Molly felt alone and wanting. She suddenly wanted to be “in” the circle – to experience being crushed back on, to know how rejection feels like, even heartbreak. But she can’t experience those things because she is not in a relationship in the first place. However, things were suddenly changing – now she’s kinda sorta torn between for two boys she just met: cool guy Will and the ever geeky Reid she goes to work with.

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What I love most about The Upside of Unrequited is the representation aspect, and Becky Albertalli just did it so perfectly. Molly is a fat main character – and to this I have related one way too many. Molly is portrayed to be really pretty, talented, a lot of fun to hang out with, funny (and I mean really really funny and witty, I love her!), she’s perfect. But like in real life, her size sometimes gets to her and a lot of times hinders her to do what she wants to.

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I love how the story captivated reality. It has been so relatable in so many aspects – whether the reader be a plus-size or not. Molly maybe a very typical girl for high societal standards, but isn’t that what we all need? Because that’s just what we are – WE are all typical in our own ways.

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While I was reading this book, the thought that would always cross my mind is that I’d give this title to my future daughter. If there’s some sort of a handbook on growing up in this society saturated with high standards, The Upside of Unrequited would be it.

I also love how the story got resolved without Molly getting thinner, or by just falling in love. Although, sure, Molly was happily in love (or in-crush) at the ending, but the focus was steered from those issues to a good character development all through out.

Finally, everyone in this book is just so huggable and cute. I felt like I gained a lot more friends in their person after finishing this book, and I just can’t wait to re-read it soon!

And please, everything in this book is just quotable!

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Four solid stars for this one! Love it and recommend it! Probably one of those books I will shove around to people and insist that YOU read it! Now GO!!! READ IT PLEASE!

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Let’s Talk About: BOOK FUND JARS!

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So you like reading? GREAT.

So you like reading AND collecting books? Fine. Alright.

So you like reading and collecting books but EVERYTHING HAS JUST COME OFF-HAND AND NOW YOU CAN’T STOP BUYING THEM ALL?!? Alright, wait a minute, stop right there.


It is an undeniable fact for all of us readers of the world that our hobby, passion, calling, whatever you may call it, can be quite expensive and dent-y on our wallets. Books can be freakin’ pricey, riiight?! I admit a good part of the school allowance my parents were giving when I was still studying only go to books. I’d always make sure that at least 30-40% of it is saved so I don’t get lonely whenever I visit my favorite bookstores!

Now that I’m working already, the same thing still happens. Quite a bulk of my salary goes to books, and sometimes ( a lot of times, really) my credit card suffers too! And it’s tiring you know! Tiring to always buy expensive stuff! But what can I do, this bookish life chose me and so we make ways! 😉

This idea actually came from my good friend Jovel from Travel Thru Books and I think it’s really really brilliant!

You know how Travel Jars and Savings Jars are so in right now? Yeah, Pinterest is full of them, and not only do you get to keep your money in them but they will inspire you to save more because of how cute they are!

Good news is, you can do this with books too! But here’s the twist Jovel told me about so you’ll be a little bit more compelled to save up and read at the same time:

For every one book you read, place 100 Pesos (roughly around US $2) in the jar; and for every e-book you finish, place 50 Pesos (US $1) in the jar! 🙂 

I really really think it’s brilliant, especially for someone like me who needs a lot of push before I can save up money! By doing this, you don’t only get inspiration to save up, but you have more motivation to read and read non-stop – because every book you’ve read will LITERALLY make you RICHER!!! 🙂

I am going to start with this Book Fund thing this month and I hope I could give you a good update sometime sooner. Honestly, I am so motivated to read right now because of the extra money I’d be able to save up for my future purchases! 🙂

Let’s talk in the comments below!  

Do you have a strategy to save up for books you wanna buy? 

What do you think of this Book Fund Jar? Will you ever try it? 


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WWW Wednesday #5 | May 24, 2017

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It’s been a little while since I last posted and  gaaah, I missed book blogging! 🙂 I have been a little pre-occupied by a new project (a personal blog! Sssh. Shut Up Kat) and neglected my book blog for a while. But hey I’m back, and what better way to get back in the zone than to update you about  my reading! 🙂


WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, so here we go.

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I am currently reading two sort of heavy books but I’m definitely definitely enjoying both of them so far:

I have just finished re-reading Throne of Glass by the great SJM and I immediately jumped right away to Crown of Midnight. I know a lot of people didn’t love this as much, but being TEAM CHAOL that I am, I am loving it so much so far! 🙂

Another current read is One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’ve only heard about this very recently, as well as its author. I don’t know why it didn’t reach my radar last year when it was released as everybody was just loving it!

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Like I said I just finished re-reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I’m so glad I re-read it! I enjoyed it as much as I did when I first read it, if not more this time. Another recent read is The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, where I discussed all my feels here.

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Aaah, I am so much excited for this part! I have so many good ones lined up for the next couple of weeks! 🙂

One of my most anticipated releases for the year is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli. Luckily, we have this as our book of the month for April over at Rainbow Bookclub, and I am so excited to finally finally start it! 🙂

Also, I have just recently finished reading Royally Screwed and I cannot wait to jump right into Royally Matched by Emma Chase! This is Book 2 of the Royally series, I believe that’s what they call it, and I’m pretty sure it’s just as sexy and as entertaining as the first book!

Lastly, I am planning to read The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. After finishing Everything, Everything last month, I just knew that I need to get my hands into whatever Nicola Yoon published and will publish.


How’s your Wednesday so far? Have you read any of the titles above? I would love to talk to you guys in the comments below! 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich #TLIBlogTourPH

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31145148There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.


Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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First of all, a huge huge thanks to my friend JM from Book Freak Revelations and Macmillan for hosting this tour, and for letting me be a part of it! ❤ This did not, in any way, influence my opinion about this book. 

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OH WOW. Let me start off by saying that it has been a loooong while since I read something that was so gripping and kept me at the edge of my seat. Let me be honest with you: I intentionally set aside some important office work (and decided to do it on the weekend instead! Don’t worry it’s still going to be done, boss!) just so I could finish this book! It was THAT gripping and intense.

I honestly have so many points I want to talk about The Love Interest, I’m afraid this might be a messy review. But here they go:

The cover. That gorgeous cover. The contrast between the white, black and red is just super eye catching and intriguing. And the fact that it already shouts to the world that there is going to be a love triangle is definitely a very bold but effective move!

A secret organization/spy novel? I AM ALL INI can’t remember the last time I read a spy YA novel. Or I probably haven’t. Hence, when I learned what The Love Interest is about – oh my, I definitely jumped right into it! The premise is a refreshing taste from my usual YA reads. It’s new, it’s unique, and it beautifully delivered.

Caden. Dyl. Juliet. Man, these characters are lovable and unforgettable. I know they will stay with me a for while longer, because again, they were placed in such a unique situation and they each had a unique person of their own. Loved Caden from the very beginning. Adored Dyl til the very end. And rooted for Juliet through and through. I’d say these are definitely some of the most unique characters I have encountered so far! ❤

The whole idea of being the existence of Love Interests is just so cool. I don’t know how Cale was able to come up with such a unique idea, but I’m sure glad he did! I would admit that at some point while reading the book, I imagined how things would be if Love Interests exist in the real world? Like, what if my current boyfriend is someone from the LIC? Or is it possible that when I broke it off with my ex, he was sent back to the LIC and was crushed by those huge robots?! I mean, the whole idea is crazy, but definitely so great! 

Overall, it was definitely a successful first book by Cale Dietrich – it wasn’t perfect of course, there are things that I wanted to be fleshed out more, but it was definitely a good read! I know I’d pick up the next one Cale publishes. 🙂

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Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.

 


 

 

JM’s Review at Book Freak Revelations

Allie’s Review at A Literary Wanderer

Leslie’s Review at The Bibliophile Kid

Bianca’s Review at Stay Bookish

Nicka’s Review at Read by Nicka

Shealea’s Review at The Book Shelf Bitch

Jhed’s Review at When Books Defy Gravity

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Book Talk: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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29991719Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Another solid one from Emma Chase! This girl never stops to amaze me with her witty and quirky novels.

In Royally Screwed, book one of the Royally series, we follow Prince Nicholas, the next in line to be king of Wessco. He is mandated by his position as the future king to marry a woman who is of noble blood and one from his circle. To betray this mandate is betray the people. On the other hand, we also follow Olivia Hammond. Liv is running a pastry shop her mother left her to make ends meet. She’s badly struggling with life and she is nothing but penniless Liv.  The big question is, will there ever be a happily ever after for Nicholas and Liv? How it all ended will pleasantly surprise you!

Nicholas is a natural charmer, and I loved him for that. He does  not even need to try! Or maybe it was his being a prince that did all that! 🙂 Either way, I loved how crass and dirty and romantic he is all at the same time. Liv, on the other hand, is a very relatable and lovable New Yorker. She’s practical and smart, but she also dreams of a happy ending.

Overall, I liked Royally Screwed. There so many times that I felt my heart being wrenched and I feel my chest aching. Emma Chase is just so good making scenes that touches me and stabs deep in my heart. This might not be the best one she’s ever written (because Hello, Drew Evans!), but i totally recommend!

Four solid royal stars!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Most Beautiful Covers of 2017

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about covers! It’s a freebie actually and you can make a list of anything as long as they are about book covers. I then though of making a list of the most beautiful covers of 2017, because why not? 🙂 I’m sure I’m missing a lot in this list, but so far I have these beauties that really caught my eye.

 

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What are your favorite covers of 2017? Or probably the covers you hate? Lets talk in the comments! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday #4 | April 26, 2017

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As you probably all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, so here we go

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I’m currently reading two, one I’ve been reading super slow on purpose because I don’t want it to end, and one I’ve been holding off because of heavy work load.

 

I am enjoying both Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Royally Screwed by Emma Chase so far. I like doing this, you know, reading two books at one time but of totally different genres. I usually do fantasy and new adult at the same time, it’s my fave combo!

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I just recently finished reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and I have a full non-spoiler review of it here in my blog! 🙂 It’s a good YA and I loved it! 🙂

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Well, this is a tough one. I’m probably getting into Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is my Rainbow Bookclub book of the month for April. I’m also looking at two of the e-arcs I’m provided with by their publishers: My Life as a Bench and Undeclared. Or I might finally be picking up Thirteen Reasons Why before I get into the show! Which do you recommend, guys? I’m kinda torn tbh! 🙂


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