Author: Becky Albetalli
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 11th April 2017
Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley and publisher
Date read: 6th April 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
In 2015 Becky Albertalli published her debut novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda which took the book community by storm and was a lot of readers favourite book of that year. Sadly I still haven’t read the book but when I saw she had a new book out I knew I had to read it immediately.
Seventeen year old Molly has had exactly 26 crushes and not one of them has been reciprocated. She is incredibly shy and has a fear of being rejected so her crushes never go any further than her admiring from a distance. Molly’s twin Cassie is totally different, she is confident, outgoing and oh yeah…slim! Molly desperately wants a boyfriend and to be loved but her insecurities and anxiety get in the way. Cassie starts dating a uber cool girl (Mina) from a different school who also has hot friend and could be potentially crush number 27.Cassie and Mina are trying to set up Molly with her hot friend, however Molly gets a part-time job at a local homeware store where she meets Reid. Reid is geeky and not Molly’s usual crush type but working together brings them closer…will Molly find love? or will it be unrequited.
I really enjoyed this book, it had so many great things going for it. It was adorable,hilarious and very relatable. Lets talk about how diverse this book is…I mean wow. Molly is an overweight Jewish girl with 2 mothers and her twin is also a lesbian. This was just jam-packed with diversity which I really appreciated but at times I felt it was a little bit forced. It seemed there just too much and felt like it was added just to be recognised as a diverse author (please don’t hurt me Alebertalli fans). I haven’t read her debut novel so I have no comparison and wasn’t sure what to expect.
I loved Molly and felt she was totally relatable, she is overweight and scared of being rejected. I think a lot of girls feel the same way as her and it must be very hard to have a twin that is the opposite. The writing and storyline was very genuine from how Molly felt her world was shifting because her sister now had a girlfriend and they were both uncertain on how to deal with these changes in their lives.
It really does have a cute romance in this book, I was rooting for Molly and it’s like that saying ‘When your waiting ages for a bus and then two come along at once’ this is Molly’s life. Another thing that I really liked about this story was that even though we knew Molly was overweight, there was no mention as to how many stone/kilo’s or dress size she was. I thought this was very respectfully done as there will be impressionable teens reading this and I would hate for them to start comparing themselves. The positive thing was that Molly was happy in her skin and she didn’t diet and her family didn’t fat shame her(apart from her grandmother).
This book had a great representation of teenagers today(No John Green pretentiousness)and the parents were great too.
There were references to Game of Thrones and other nerdy stuff which made this book just that extra bit special to me.
Oh and just to let you know Simon from her previous novel makes an appearance in this book, it’s small but he is there.
This book is pretty amazing and I will be picking up Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in the near future. I recommend this book if you love contemporaries and relatable/awesome characters.
I rated this 4 out of 5 stars
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