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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Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 2016 Book Releases that I Wish I Read Right Away

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It’s not Tuesday. I made my own prompt. But I’m doing this anyway! Ha! 🙂 

Since Top Ten Tuesday will be on hiatus until March 7th, I decided to just make a list of my top 2016 releases that I wished I was able to read, but sadly missed. There were just so many good releases last year and I hope I could catch up on ALL of them this year! Let’s get started!

1. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Nicola Yoon is recommended by practically everyone in Book Twitter, in BookTube, even all my blogger friends are so into her works, and I just can’t let this year pass without reading them! 🙂 When The Sun Is Also A Star was released last year, I fully intended to get a copy and read it right away, however it was Bar Exams month and I just had to put it off for a while. I’m really excited to read this one, though, and I can’t wait! ❤

2. Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry

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Katie McGarry’s works are probably one of those that are always in my TBR list but never had the chance of reading. It always makes me sad whenever I had to bypass her works, and I intend to remedy that this year. I, however, need to read Nowhere But Here (the first book!) first before getting into Walk The Edge. 🙂

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This book, guys, this book! I never heard of anything bad about it, just all praises. All praises! The thing is, I don’t KNOW anything about it, too! Ha! I’ve never had the chance of looking into it’s synopsis in Goodreads, and I think I want it to remain that way. I wanna be surprised and I think this is the book that will best do the job!

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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We all know that Lady Jane Grey never had her happy ending, but this book is just about to change history for her! My Lady Jane gives a comical and entertaining twist on what really happened in the history of England. It’s been a long while since I’ve read something that really made me laugh out loud and I think this might be the next best thing to make me LOL. 😀

5. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Ahhh, Kasie West probably holds one of the top tiers when it comes to writing good YA contemporaries. Her novels are just so fluffy and bright and with a really really good balance of finding oneself while at the same time  finding the beauty of relationships! ❤ I can’t wait to get into another one of Kasie West’s pieces and just fall in love again!

6. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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So far I have only read one Morgan Matson book, and I know, what am I even doing with my life? I hear ya. And again, this curse is going to be remedied sooner because I ain’t finishing the first half of 2017 without getting The Unexpected Everything in my hands!! I believe this is another Matson book about finding oneself in the midst of everything going haywire. I just love this kind of story lines as I deeply relate to them. Can’t wait! ❤

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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One of my resolutions for last year is to explore and expand to reading the works of V.E. Schwab. I never got the chance, though, and you don’t know how it is frustrating me to my wits end! I want to read V.E. Schwabs works!! I want to so bad that I think something is wrong with me because until now I don’t have any of her books yet! 😦 The frustration is again fired up when July (or August?) last year, she published yet again another book that everybody seems to be loving and raving about! Sigh. Me reading This Savage Song should happen soon!

8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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The second book of this series has just been released this year and I really wanna get into this world! I have been hearing so many good things about Truthwitch, and it’s going to be a perfect entry for my YA Fantasy challenge this year! 🙂 Witches and angsty characters? Game on!

9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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I’ve not read any Time Travel novel before, and I am honestly intrigued about how they go. Enter Passenger. I have long been hearing about Alexandra Bracken and The Darkest Minds series (and this is another series I have yet to devour), and I definitely became very very interested when I learned that she’s coming up with a time travel book. I have really high  expectations for Passenger and I hope it doesn’t disappoint! Plus, guys, this cover! My eyes are feasting! 🙂

10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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The main reason why I have not picked this up is because I have not started with the Mortal Instruments series. I know, guys, what have I been doing with my life, AGAIN!? However, I have read the Infernal Devices, though, and I loved them! 🙂 This year I am starting with City of Bones, and I hope I could binge read them throughout the year! 🙂 I definitely can’t wait to get into Lady Midnight after that! Gah, so many books!!!


 

That’s it, guys! I know there are so many good releases from last year that are not in this list! Let’s talk about them below! 🙂 I would love to hear your most anticipated releases in 2016 but were not able to get into! 🙂

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Book Review: Table for Two

Book Review

First read: April 22, 2012. Rating: 3 stars
Re-read: July 12, 2015.

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Quick Stats

Title: Table for Two

Author: Marla Miniano

Date fo Publication: 2010

Date Read: From July 12, 2015 to July 12, 2015

My book format: Paperback, by Summit Books

Goodreads Blurb:

In Table for Two, a corner table at a quiet coffee shop takes center stage, the latest release from Summit Books author Marla Miniano. The table is the setting for pivotal moments in the lives of the main characters—who, as it seems, are quite the lovelorn bunch. First, there’s the long-time couple on the verge of calling it quits after college graduation. Then there’s the serial dater who accepts her younger brother’s challenge to go dateless for two months. There’s also a photographer who attempts to dissuade his best friend from getting married (and we’re curious to find out why). And finally, there are the two hopefuls: a young man who meets with the girl he never stopped loving, and a young lady who pores over romance novels, waiting for her turn to fall in love.

So I re-read Table for Two, coz I had to find small books in my shelf for this #CramAThon thing happening over this summer. 🙂 (You check out my previous post for my CramAThon TBR!) 🙂

This is a really thin book, with only a little over a hundred pages. I remember seeing this in Cosmopolitan/Candy magazine’s recommended reads for young adults and adults, alike. It was good, I must say. Not super, but it was a work of art in itself. 🙂

This novella is actually about different stories of different persons in some specific points in their lives. But they are all tied together by this one “cafe around the corner” which has become the witness of the milestones in each of the characters’ life.

There really is no “one” story. In fact, even the little stories that compose this novella do not have plots. You, the reader, will just be able to infer what’s going on. And it’s not at all a bad thing. The execution was done well, and though confusing at first, the characters get to grow on you and you’ll just learn to care for them. 🙂

I’m glad I re-read this. It made me realize that there are just so many things happening around me that I choose not to know and care about. Like a couple breaking up in one corner, a man getting promoted in his job but having no one to share his success with, a girl trying to mend her heart, a couple celebrating on having their first baby. There are just so many things out there that we do not know is happening and it just makes me appreciate life more. And it makes me wanna be more friendly and more concerned and be more caring.

So yeah. I’m glad for this re-read. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth the time 🙂

The Boklander Rating

3 StarsI’m giving Table for Two 3.5 stars! It was so short and I know so many things can still happen, but that’s the point of short stories and novellas, right? They make you think of the what-if’s and the could have beens and all the possibilities. So. A 3.5! I liked it! 🙂

So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!

KAT SIGN