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    Open up to love

    I've been dying to read this ever since it was first announced. I didn't LOVE Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I liked it a whole lot. So I needed to read more from this new author. This novel is about Molly, and how she's almost obsessed with boys, crushes, kisses and the likes. But only in her head. She's had 26 crushes, but hardly even talked to any of those - because she lacks the courage and self esteem. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend, Molly finds herself lonely and abandoned. The transition from BFF sisters to teen-aged sisters with love lives is hard on Molly. I can't not say it. I'm overwhelmed by the diversity in this book. In a good way of course! It's just different. Still in a really good way. I love how everyone's just themselves and it's all good. Like it should be! I hope this novel gets read a lot, to understand how everyone is just human with different layers of style and flavors. I love it! I think I loved all the characters in this book. Molly and Cassie are such good persons, their mom's too. Mina seems like an awesome chick which I would love to befriend. And the boys are great too. Will is cool in every way, both as in actual cool and hip but also as a good guy. And Reid is the best! I must admit I have a soft spot for Reid, because he's such a geek and I love geeks. The main story in The Upside of Unrequited is about growing up and apart, but still not apart. More like changes. And how changes can basically destroy you while they're ongoing. How insecure and unimportant it can make you feel. Even if the changes aren't necessarily bad. It's also about how unfathomably scary it is to let oneself open up to love (first or any) and risk getting your heart broken in a million pieces. And about how important it is to brave this in order to experience love. I didn't love Simon vs. ..., but I loved The Upside of Unrequited. You should read it and love it too! /menenia
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    Upside of unrequited

    Great,feelgood book. Reminded me about how i felt as a teen, how things could sometimes be so ackward, sometimes so exciting. Made me realize how common the feelings i felt were...i wish i had read the book then to reassure me. It also made me realize how the harshness of the separations we must experience as we grow older affect us so deeply.
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    It's so many love stories, but those are the only stories.

    This book is really sweet, but beware to those with anxieties about love or self-perception. I found myself really identifying with our narrator, Molly, and maybe cried a few times when her emotions were getting really amped up. Her story is one that is fun and easy to read when you're in the mood for every possible version of sappy love story through the starry eyes of seventeen. I wish there had been a little more plot than finding a boyfriend, especially a plot that I couldn't have found the conclusion to in the basic summary of the book available on Kobo, but this really was a joy to read. Would recommend to my students; am hesitating to recommend to anyone else.
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    Quite enjoyed it

    I decided to read this book, because I loved Simon VS the homosapien agenda and even tho I was sad that this companion book didnt really have the characters from the former book in, it was a really good read
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    The Upside of an Amazing Book

    This book, like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, was a story full of sweetness and smiles; of happiness and sadness; of sad rawness and happy reality. The Upside of Unrequited is another book written to make one smile, to bring a voice to marginilised communities. Its author, Becky Albteralli, does this very well. There is a realness to her books, a relatability to her characters, that make the stories so easy to read and follow along with; leaving you rooting for more. The Upside of Unrequited tells the story of Molly. A Jewish girl; an overweight girl, a girl who is losing touch with her twin sister and her best friend. Her sister, Cassie, gets into a relationship with another girl (Mina) and from that moment on, the two start drifting apart and Molly isn't sure she's happy with what is happening between her and Cassie. It is a story of romance, of siblings slowly drifting apart and of how someone can get lost in the negativity of their self-image. It's a novel that made me smile several times (the Lin Manuel Miranda reference had me literally almost squealing in the train and don't get me started on when Simon showed up). The novel made me sad a couple of times. In the end, I'm incredibly glad I read it. I would give the world to get more stories written by Becky Albertalli.
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