The Upside of Unrequited
The Upside of Unrequited

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Annotation: Seventeen-year-old Molly finds her world upended when her normally tough twin sister, Cassie, falls in love for the first time--and Molly finds herself suddenly abandoned to her own romantic mishaps.
Genre: Love stories
Catalog Number: #154303
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 340 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-234871-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0313-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-234871-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0313-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016938957
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Seventeen-year-old Molly has had 26, count 'em, 26 crushes and not one boyfriend. But wait, here comes number 27: sweet, adorable Reid. Could a relationship finally be in the offing? But what about flirtatious, hipster-cool Will? Doesn't he count? Love sure is complicated, and for Molly, this annoying fact of life is exacerbated by her anxiety, hypersensitivity, doubts, and even self-hatred. At least partially responsible for all this Sturm und Drang is the fact that Molly is, as her grandmother indelicately puts it, zaftig. As Molly herself exasperatedly thinks, "chubby girls don't get boyfriends." But why shouldn't she have the same kind of loving relationship with a boy that her twin sister, Cassie, has with a girl? In her second, relationship-rich novel, Albertalli has done an excellent job of creating in Molly a sympathetic, if occasionally exasperating, character. And her take on the agonies and ecstasies of adolescent love are spot-on, as she demonstrates, once again, that the heart, indeed, has its reasons the mind cannot know.
Horn Book
When introverted Molly's self-confident twin Cassie starts dating the "fucking adorable" girl of her dreams, Molly worries she's losing her sister. Enter a crush: Molly's sweet, unapologetically uncool coworker Reid. With a matter-of-factly multiracial family (Molly, Cassie, and one of their mothers are white; their other mother, younger brother, and beloved cousin are not), this perceptive dramedy tackles substantial themes with warmth and subtlety.
Kirkus Reviews
Tired of crushing with no kisses, 17-year-old Molly decides to take a chance on love.Molly has always felt inferior to her fraternal twin, Cassie: though both are white, Molly is brown-haired, brown-eyed, and fat in contrast to Cassie's blonde slenderness. But Molly doesn't hate her body—she's just afraid other people do. The combination of these feelings of inadequacy with ordinary teen awkwardness is a recipe for uneasy interactions with boys. Molly's 26 crushes have all been unrequited—but have they, really? When Cassie falls in love for the first time, and two eligible possibilities present themselves, Molly decides to risk rejection. Against the backdrop of the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. and the planning of her moms' subsequent nuptials, Molly struggles between choosing the boy she actually likes and the one who seems ideal. Themes of body image, rejection, first love, and the evolution of familial relationships—particularly between sisters—loom large. Molly is the queen of teen angst, and her voice may grate on readers. The cast is wonderfully diverse (family, sexual orientation, religion/culture, race, size, mental health), which is why it's so sad that, though well-drawn, the characters are hard to connect with. While that's disappointing, fans of romance and those looking to diversify their shelves may be willing to forgive its foibles. (Fiction. 14-17)
Publishers Weekly
Molly Peskin-Suso is the opposite of sexually precocious: now 17, she-s had -twenty-six crushes and exactly zero kisses.- When love finds her more confident twin sister, Cassie, a fissure develops that Molly reads as the inevitable first step toward twin division, -the part where we turn from we to she and me.- Cassie tries to hook Molly up with a pal of new girlfriend Mina, but Molly is drawn to Reid, a co-worker who Mina describes, derogatorily, as -one of those Ren Faire guys. Season pass, full costume.- Albertalli-s follow-up to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda features a diverse family (Molly-s mothers are different races and religions) living in Beltway Washington the year gay marriage is legalized. It-s as full of heart as Simon (Simon himself makes a cameo appearance) and is replete with humor and honestly drawn characters like Grandma Betty, who comments inappropriately about Molly-s weight and thinks all lesbians have short hair. The cheerful resolution has Molly finding her own path, concluding that, no matter how well-intentioned one-s wingman might be, you have to be your heart-s own goalie. Ages 14-up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (Apr.)

Voice of Youth Advocates
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso and her twin sister, Cassie, fraternal twins of two moms thanks to an anonymous sperm donor, live an unconventional life. While Cassie possesses enough self-confidence for both of them, Molly uses Zoloft to battle the anxiety that plagues her. After all, no one finds fat girls interesting, let alone attractive. When Cassie falls in love with her new girlfriend, Mina, she makes it their mission to hook Molly up with Mina’s hot friend, Will. Knowing that guys like Will prefer skinny girls, Molly tries to talk herself into being less careful with her heart. To complicate matters, she finds herself drawn to Reid, a coworker who is the awkward antithesis of Will. The Upside of Unrequited takes a unique approach to body issues and self-confidence. From the perspective of Molly, the reader is given insight into the power of psychological insecurities. While Molly has supportive family and friends, comments from outsiders—like “You’d be prettier if you lost a little weight”—overpower their love and encouragement. Words matter. Words hurt. The novel makes clear the lasting effects of hurtful words—against the backdrop of planning a wedding for the moms and sibling relationships. Readers will relate to Molly’s realistic struggles because she symbolizes any person who experiences self-doubt. A host of diverse secondary characters adds to the complexity of the story, which shows that life’s issues defy easy fixes. Educators and librarians seeking realistic literature that resonates with female readers struggling with self-esteem should add this well-rounded, inclusive novel to their shelves.—Courtney Munday.
Word Count: 67,784
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 188811 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.6 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q70755
Lexile: HL490L

From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda comes a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity.

“Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can’t stop hugging this book.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

"I have such a crush on this book! Not only is this one a must read, but it's a must re-read." —Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’

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.


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