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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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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Top 10 Tuesdays: Top Ten Books that will make you read the whole day away

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is centered on books that will not take so much of your time, not because they’re short, but because you just won’t be able to put them down! Yes, my friends, we are doing a list of the unputdownables! 

Upon seeing the prompt, I knew right away that my NAs are gonna go in handy here. Oh,  and all those fluffy contemporaries too! 🙂

Above are my middle grade fantasy picks that are just oh-so-gripping you could finish them in one sitting!

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Now here’s a  combination of my faves. Legend is probably my all time favorite dystopian trilogy and I can’t recommend it enough. On The Fence is just so nice and sweet you wouldn’t wanna pass up on reading it. And Never Never. What can I say? Although the 3rd installment disappointed me, it’s definitely something you would wanna finish in a day, because you will not be able to sleep with all those cliff hangers!

  1. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  2. On The Fence by Kasie West
  3. Legend by Marie Lu

Ahh and finally,  all these titles make me happy ❤ If you’re looking for something to read the whole day away, just pick any NA book by any of these authors (especially Emma Chase! <3) and you’ll be good to go, my friend. NA is always the way.

  1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  2. Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  3. Tangled by Emma Chase
  4. Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Let’s talk about the books you’ve read in just one sitting! 🙂 I would love to hear your recommendations too! Don’t forget to holler below!

 

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check the awesome blog here!

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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Lists: December 2016 TBR!

 

It’s been a long while since I last made a TBR list and actually followed it. So for the last month of 2016, for the sake of appearing to be being a good book blogger (Heh!), I’m making a list of the books I’m hoping to hit this month!

 

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I’m currently reading The Raven Boys, the first of the Raven Cycle series. Currently on the third chapter and definitely loving every single bit of it!

 

 

 

 

 

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I have read Throne of Glass mid-2015 and I remember giving an almost perfect rating in Goodreads. I loved it so much that I intended to start Crown of Midnight right after closing the last page of the first book. Life has gotten in the way, though. I was reading it during my finals week and also while I was writing my thesis. So, ugh, I had to put the series down 😦 Anyway, now that I have all the time in the world, I’m re-reading Throne of Glass so I can binge read the rest of this series! ❤

 

 

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I’ve been seeing Nina Lacour’s Everything Leads to You for sometime now in booktube and I have long been intrigued by it. I’m not sure if I’d pick this book up by myself, though, so it’s a really good thing this was chosen as our book-of-the-month over at Rainbow Bookclub!

If you are looking for a good LGBT-YA, I think this would be one good choice! Will definitely update you about my whole reading experience here!

 

 

 

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I have long been a HUUUGE Emma Chase fan! I read every single one of her works right at their very time of release. Again this year, however, things were quite heavy with school so when Royally Screwed was published last October, I didn’t have a choice but to let it pass. Sigh. 😦

But now the time has come!! I finally have it in my hands and I just can’t wait to read it soonest! ❤

 

 

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The Goal is the 4th and final instalment of the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy. The first three books are definitely the best NA romances I’ve had in months, and I am expecting no less for this one!

Elle Kennedy is definitely hitting what NA should be and I’m definitely reading whatever she publishes! ❤

 

 

 

 


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Recommending Booktubers!

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My life has drastically changed when I discovered BookTube! I mean, it’s not that I wasn’t reading before, but now I am reading so much more! 🙂 Also, I am buying physical books so much more now! Like. I can’t even explain how drastic my book buying habit has become after BookTube happened in my life. 🙂 Before, my Kindle is my best friend and I just get all the books I read in there. I just buy books if a.) they’re written by my favourite authors (i.e. Julia Quinn, Sandra Brown, etc.) and b.) whenever I’m stressed out from school. Outside of that, I just get everything in my hand-dandy Kindle 🙂

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you guys some BookTubers I have recently discovered, and are under 10,000 followers. I’m sure y’all know about polandbananasBOOKS, jessethereader, Katytastic, abookutopia, PeruseProject, TheLittleBookOwl, etc. already. So I’m not including these big names in my recommendation here. Instead, I decided to focus on those channels that I have currently been watching (and re-watching!) and definitely loving in the process.

P.S. Again, I chose these channels that have less than 10,000 subscribers because I want more people to discover them and how good and comparable these BookTubers are with those big names out there! 🙂

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Heather is a mom and I admire how she balances her love for reading, her mom duties, plus managing a YouTube channel on the side! 🙂 If you’re into adult vampire romance, you would love her. She also loves YA fantasy, YA contemporary, and I think just about anything she can sink her teeth into! She’s really cool, you should definitely check out her channel.

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