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?

 

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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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Book Talk: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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18692431-2My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Let me start off by saying that Everything,Everything is my most anticipated read for early 2016. Therefore when I got it this month, I didn’t wait too long and placed it in my TBR right away. 🙂 I want to say that it has been a roller coaster ride with this one. I started it with too high of an expectation definitely because of the hype surrounding it all over BookTube and Book Twitter and in the book blogging community. Everything, Everything was EVERYTHING and it had to be read ASAP!

When I started reading this, I was so engaged and so excited about all the possibilities – everything I could know about SCID, the characters, the plot twist, the is-she-gonna-die question that lingers in my head and just about everything! Even the first line in the very first chapter was very artistically crafted:

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…because of course she has read more than any of us has read, being trapped in her house for 18 full years with nothing to do but read! Ahh, Maddy’s books and her library are to-die for! Anyway, I just found this line to be a really good opening.

So the first quarter of the book, I was all in. When I was around the halfway mark, though, I felt like nothing really interesting was happening anymore. I tried pushing through because despite some of the bland scenes, there was something in me that has been invested to what will come out of this sort-of forbidden love between Olly and Maddy. I honestly thought of putting it down for a while, though, because I kinda got annoyed with how young love could be stupid sometimes. I mean, if you’ve read the book, there are just super stupid stuff Olly and Maddy are so willing to do for love. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the feeling, it’s just that I wanted Maddy to LIVE so bad and I want to protect her!

I was able to psych myself, though, and I placed myself in their shoes – young and in love and in a huge want (need!) to live life! It worked. And so did the rest of the book. The latter part definitely pulled everything nicely and compensated for what went haywire in the middle. The wrap up was so good, the ending was a gold mine for realizations on life.

Characters

Maddy and Olly are probably two of the characters that will stay with me a long time. They are so different yet so similar. There wasn’t much character development that I was looking for, but they have made closures about their life issues and they turned up generally good in the end.

Honestly, though, there are some points in this book that I wanted to stop them with whatever they’re doing and remind them that HEY, MADDY IS SICK! AND YOU CAN’T BE THIS RECKLESS!! I mean, I know it’s probably the age difference, I’m sorry! Haha. But then again, they’re 18! And speaking of age, I kinda also had a hard time reconciling the fact that they’re 18 already because their voices felt so much younger. I pictured Maddy to be 15-ish actually, because that’s what I “hear” from her. It’s not much of a big issue, though. Still loved them.

Overall

I loved Everything, Everything. It wasn’t perfect, but it made me laugh, definitely made me cry, touched my heart, touched my soul, and made me think about my life. I guess the best thing about it is that it will reach you – it will make you feel.

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Have you guys read Everything, Everything? How did you like it? Let’s talk in the comments below! Can’t wait! ❤

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Book Talk: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Writing this review right after I just closed the last page of the book and I am wanting for more. I mean, it couldn’t have ended with that, right? Please tell me it didn’t end with JUST that? I need more.

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7664334Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista Yao

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All That Glitters is probably one of fastest books I’ve read this year, not because it’s short, but because I just kept on flipping the pages non-stop!

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When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #2 || February 27, 2017

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date where everybody gets to share what they are presently and about to read during the week.


I don’t hate Mondays and I’m happy to say that Mondays and I have always been in good terms. However, this particular Monday, 27th of February, in this particular week, seems a little bit off for me. I have so so so much work to do; and so so so many more stuff to fix about my life in general! Gee. I’m so tired already just thinking about EVERYTHING!!! Anyway, enough of my little rant. 🙂 I’ll just be having a quick check in as to what’s in store for me this week, reading-wise. 🙂 At least this part of my life is exciting 😉


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Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


So I am currently reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and my goodness, I am loving each word that comes out of this book! This is just the refresher I need coming from a week-long slump! It seems like after having a very successful reading month last January, everything went downhill when February started! Ha!  But then I get this precious in my little hands and everything is right in the world again! 🙂

I’m currently halfway through it and I can’t imagine it ending already! Just thinking about closing the last page already makes me really really sad! Overly dramatic, yeah. It’s just I’m so so in love with Josh and Lucy and the slow burn hate to love relationship that’s going on between them. I can’t say much yet, y’know, but things are really looking up! Never a dull moment, and I can’t wait to see what happens next! ❤



Have you guys read The Hating Game? Let’s talk about what you thought about it in the comments below! 🙂

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Book Talk: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

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Learning To Fall is my second #romanceclass novel, and I am so glad and happy to say, you guys, that Filipino authors are definitely here to stay!

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Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in? Check it out in Goodreads here.

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Learning To Fall is the third book in Mina Esguerra’s Spoltlight series, but can be read as a stand alone, like how I did! It follows the story of Steph, a book blogger (aaah, so so close to home!) who is participating in a monthly book challenge. For the month October, the challenge was to  “Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.” And since she is sooo NOT into athletic and hunky men, she knew she would be dating Greyson Price the very first moment she laid her eyes on him.

Greyson Price, however, is not your typical kind of jock. Being the co-captain of the rugby team, you would expect him to be all air and confidence, with girls all swooning over him. Greyson, though, like I said, is not your typical sporty guy. He is very reserved, you almost know nothing against him. He likes taking control of things and I would go on to say that he’s almost very perfectionist. I really like this portrayal of him, but I guess at some point in the book, it kind of back fired for me. I was at that point where I can’t see and feel things through him anymore. He’s such a very private and controlled character that I definitely had to make an effort to get into his head.

This, however, did not lessen the beauty of this book. I loved every single scene where Steph was contemplating about the stuff she’ll do for blog. The little excerpts from her posts are really cute and entertaining. Again, so very close to home. ❤

If you are a book blogger, then I definitely definitely recommend this. It was such a cute little book, and you will just breeze through it. Don’t get fooled by the length, though, because it contains really cute and romantic scenes that will just leave you smiling and swooning. 🙂

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Overall. I am giving it 4 starsIt was a fun and light read, and I can’t wait to get into Mina Esguerra’s other works! 🙂 


Have you read Learning to Fall? How did you find it? Other #romanceclass novels you recommend? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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