Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Published: April 11, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary (goodreads): 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?
After her debut novel, SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA, Becky Albertalli owns part of my soul. So, of course, I went into this book with extremely high expectations (and a burning need to hear some news of Simon–which I got!!). And, for the most part, they were met.
Molly is a great main character: she’s got her quirks, her great qualities, and her not-so-great ones. She talks a lot about her body image and how she gets pressure from some of her family and friends, she talks about having two moms and a sister that is a lesbian. All throughout the book, none of the LGBT mentions felt forced, everything felt normal and natural (the book is even set during when same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015, and it’s beautiful and amazing) unlike some books that I’ve read. Although this is technically a romance, it was largely family-centric, because that’s what Molly’s life is like: she focuses on her family, and her family is ultimately what leads her to romance. When the romance aspect becomes more important, it’s just as I’d come to expect from this author: it’s adorable, and it doesn’t start at the very end of a story, so the reader gets to see what the couple is like before the story ends. I don’t want to say too much about, since even the synopsis of the book gives two different options for who Molly could end up with. She is such a great main character, especially since she grows so much during this book. Molly’s progression throughout the story was lovely to read and her thoughts were completely relatable to me, as an almost seventeen year old. Her relationship with her sister, Cassie, was interesting to read about, because they are so close, and when something manages to come in between them like it does, it’s a big deal. I liked Cassie, but she was my least favorite part about the book, just because she was rude and took advantage of Molly at any opportunity.
Anyway, this is the first review I’ve written in over two months, so I’m going to apologize really quickly for that and also for the weird paragraph of thoughts that is this post: sorry! I just read LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare, but I need a few more days before I can even try to write coherent thoughts about that. In conclusion: please read everything Becky Albertalli has written.