The Upside of Unrequited - Book Review

Friday, 23 March 2018


Started: March 15, 2018 | Finished: March 22, 2018

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 11th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
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?
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Another very cute book by Becky Albertalli!! Two in a row for me, and I've found that I just really love her books and her writing style. I'm so excited for any book she brings out and I think she'll always be one of those must read authors for me. I also love the characters that she writes, she really makes you want to root for them. As was the case with Molly! I liked her a lot, and I related to Molly's form of anxiety very much in this book.

Let's actually talk about that for a second, the anxiety. I thought this book did a fantastic job at representing what's it like especially in social situations where you just get inside your head a lot, and don't say much because of it which then makes people think you're standoffish or super shy. I also related to the no love due to the anxiety and overthinking, except I'm not 17 and I haven't been able to be "un-careful" as Molly does with the guys in this book. It's a sad fact that while there's been opportunities in my life for love, I've always let my brain ruin everything. I overthink, I shutdown and they move on, story of my life!.....(okay that got depressing)...moving on!

As always the supporting characters in this book were fantastic! I love the representation of Molly and Cassie having two moms. My mom has been with her partner for nearly 22 years, so I basically have two moms as well and it's amazing, they're amazing! Also loved Reid, he was so awesome and I rooted for him from the start. Will is an alright guy as well, I actually really liked his character too. But Reid was just so lovable from the moment he was introduced. Loved Cassie and Mina together, they were adorable!! Also really loved the small appearances of characters from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens agenda in this as Abby from that book is Molly and Cassie's cousin. So I was really happy about that little crossover.

Overall, I really loved this book! It was a quick, fun read that I would recommend. Now just got to wait for Leah on the Offbeat to come out for more Becky Albertalli in my life!!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Book Review

Friday, 16 March 2018



Started: March 9, 2018 | Finished: March 14, 2018

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin on April 7th, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 303
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

The premise of this book makes you feel like there would be lots of drama involved with blackmail and whatnot, but it was very lighthearted and sweet and I enjoyed that about it. Simon is an amazing main character! I found him very sweet, smart and witty which is all the things you want for a character. I wasn't a fan of what Martin did to Simon, it's very unfair to blackmail someone into trying to help you get a girlfriend. I found that very cowardly and cruel despite how genuine he was, especially towards the end.

The romance between Simon and Blue though was what was so gripping about this book. You wanted to know who Blue was and when was Simon going to find out. I guessed pretty early on about who Blue was, but I was more excited for Simon to find out for himself, and I love the way the book went about it. The supporting characters were also so great in this book! I loved Simon's family, they seemed to very fun and down-to-earth. Simon's friends were awesome!! Although another qualm I had was how they really kind of abandoned Leah a lot in this book. I guess because I know Leah is going to have her own book coming out soon, I expected Simon to be closest with her, and to find out that, while she was one of his best friends, they weren't as close as I thought. So I was a little disappointed about that. Luckily he makes up for it in the end, and it does leave me excited for her book when it comes out.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it especially if you're planning to see the movie like I am.

Book vs TV Show: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thursday, 15 March 2018



Book vs Show: 
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Synopsis:

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.


When this series came out on Netflix last year, I watched it right away and was just blown away by how powerful and thought provoking it was. It was a show that stayed with you, and made you think and realize that your words and actions matter. They can have an impact that you may not realize, and you need to choose wisely on the things you say and do, especially during your teenage years where everyone around you is trying to figure out who they are.

Basically I'm reiterating a bit of what I said yesterday in my book review because I think it's important. Now I'm going to get into the differences between the book and show, and which I preferred. So I'm leaving this on the assumption that if you're reading this then you've read the book, or seen the show, or both.

One of the biggest differences between the show and book is that Clay finishes the tapes all in one night in the book whereas on the show he takes his time with them. Another is the way in which Hannah chooses to go about her suicide is different in the book. In the book she swallows a bunch of pills, and in the show she cuts her wrists. Both are horrifying, but I found seeing the show version was so much more horrifying for me. 

What I liked about the show is that you got to see more backstory for not just Clay and Hannah, but everyone involved in the tapes. With the book, it's told only from Clay and Hannah's perspectives so you don't have much insight on the other characters and how they were dealing with the aftermath of Hannah's suicide and listening to the tapes. I also liked that in the show you got to see Hannah's parents and get more story on what was going on with them. Throughout the book there's not much mention at all of her parents, and I found that a bit odd. 

With the book, the ending is very closed and it didn't make you feel like you needed more, you can pretty much imagine where things go from there. But the show is the complete opposite, it left you with so many questions that if there wasn't a second season, I would've been very disappointed! Speaking of, I hope we get word soon when we'll be seeing Season 2. There's so much that I need to know after it ended. I think because I watched the show first, it lessened my book experience. Usually the books are the ones that are more fleshed out while the adaption of the book misses things, but it was the complete opposite of this for me.

For that, I think it's pretty obvious..
Show wins over Book

What did you think? Do you agree or did you prefer the book over the tv show?

Thirteen Reasons Why - Book Review

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Started: March 5, 2018 | Finished: March 9, 2018

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on June 14th, 2011
Genre: YA, Drama, Tragedy 
Pages: 288
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I decided to read the book version to kind of refresh my memory a bit in hopes that Season 2 will be back soon. But speaking of the series, I think since I watched the show before reading the book, it may have lessened my reading experience. I spent the whole time comparing the two, and I felt like it took away from it a bit. But overall, I still liked the book as I liked the series.

There was a lot of controversy when the series came out and thus putting the book in the limelight with a lot of people saying that it glorified suicide. I personally didn't see it that way, but took it as more of way to bring awareness to a huge issue in the world, and that is bullying and how much your words and actions can affect another person. It's unfortunate how people, or in this case, kids will do anything they can to put any negative attention they can on someone else as a way of either punishing that person for their own misfortunes or so that the negative attention doesn't turn to them. It's a common occurrence, especially in high school where you are just beginning to shape your life.

I felt for Hannah so badly throughout the book, and you just wished that someone, anyone stepped up and really helped here, but you obviously knew that no-one did or at least not in the way she needed. I felt for Clay because he was this scared kid who had a crush on a girl, but didn't do enough because he believed in rumours and ran without really fighting for her when he had the chance. I don't blame him though. In fight or flight situations, I flight every time! So I can understand him in that sense, and it broke my heart that he had to then live with the consequences that he didn't know he'd have to face at the time.

I enjoyed the book and series and the overall message of both; choose your words and actions wisely because you don't know what impact you may be having on another person.

4 Year Blogiversary!

Saturday, 10 March 2018


So as you can tell there wasn't that many posts between my last blogiversary and now. You can check out my Life Update; Long Time, No See post to find out why that was.

In keeping with tradition, I'm going to highlight the top 5 posts starting after I made last year's post.
1 year blogiversary highlights
2 year blogiversary highlights
3 year blogiversary highlights











And there you have it, my Top 5 for the past year. I'm hoping by next year I'll have a bigger selection to go through. Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and reads my posts! It means so much to me, and I appreciate the love so very much!! Here's too many more blogiversaries in the future!

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