The Upside of Unrequited – Book Review

Author : Becky Albertalli

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Pub Date: 11 April 2017

Source : Own copy

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Book Blurb

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 inThe Upside of Unrequitedsecret. 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, 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, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

My Thoughts

This is Becky Albertalli’s second book and I’ve never read Simon Vs the Homosapiens. But I heard about this book through Instagram and decided to buy a copy and got the imported one from Amazon, only to know that it got published in India weeks later at a much lesser price 😐

So when i started reading the book, the first thought that came to my mind was, am I too old for this one. Because the main protagonist was behaving like a 14-year old, very self conscious, with huge amounts of insecurity..  I always read YA books and i love the fact that i’m able to relate to a lot of them. But this book had me questioning my love towards YA. Especially because of the 4+ ratings other readers are giving it.

Molly has had 20 plus crushes and the plot says she knows a lot about unrequited love. Does she? She hasn’t ever really tried.. she has never made a step towards her crush. There’s not enough said about how she was pining fora particular crush.  And the book is all about getting her a boyfriend. Go figure!

“I guess it’s just this feeling that my body is secretly all wrong. Which means any guy who assumes I’m normal is going to flip his shit if we get to the point of nakedness. Whoa. Nope. Not what I signed up for.”

I think the book was just trying too much?! There were so many diverse characters, like so many (Molly’s moms, a pan-sexual Korean American girlfriend, Jews, gay best friends you name it..) i think it was all just for reaching said groups. One dying character would have completed the list i guess…

i’m not trying to be cynical,  I really wanted to like the book.Maybe it would have appealed to 12-19 year olds, i mean actual teens instead of me, a tween.

The only part of the book i actually liked was the twins’ relationship. That was real.. the feeling of hurt and being invisible to your own sibling after he/she becomes involved in a relationship and to top it all you learn about said relationship through social media!. That was… sad.. and it was what kept me hooked to the book. Like i wanted to know how do they rectify their situation.. But I don’t mean that i liked Cassie. She was mean to her sister, a little bossy at times.

Characterization – ummmm i need to think hard for this one. I think i liked Nadine, Molly’s mom. I did  not like Molly or Will. I loved the geeky Middle Earth loving Reid.

The writing was funny here and there. Not so great if i’d rather sum it up.

The entire book was about finding a boyfriend, to finally feel ‘belonging’ and be experienced enough to talk about kisses n sex. Grow a spine and stop whining  was what I kept telling Molly throughout the book.

Jenny Han’s To all the boys I loved before was good, if we are to talk about unrequited crushes.

A huge disappointment, this one. 2.5/5 stars.

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My Not-so Perfect life – Book review

I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and I’ve read ALL of her books! I love her writing style because its easy, fluff, fun and lighthearted.

Book Blurb

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

My thoughts:

I was expecting something like Can you keep a secret and Shopaholic where the female protagonist is clumsy, dumb and prone to making silly mistakes (I like both those books, still). But this book was different and should receive credit for the fact that Kate Brenner is bright and ambitious. I’ll let you know why :

  • You can totally relate to her, she is just like us, a small town girl who comes to the city chasing her dreams , trying to fit in, trying to live the ‘perfect’ city life. I’ve been there and I know how it is to survive in a city.
  • When Kate (or Cat, as she calls herself in the city) posts Instagram pictures of food she doesn’t eat or places she hasn’t visited but still want to project a perfect life to her best friends and family, I wasn’t the least bit bored or found it ridiculous. Because, we’ve all been there. We know how social media pressure works out for us and the need to compete, show off and fit in become the primary goals.
  • Cat doesn’t let her Dad (single parent) know how much she is struggling for a breakthrough in her career and paints a false picture to him that she is the most irreplaceable person in her company. Because her father, one of the most sweetest person in this book, is worried about the big bad city and just cannot understand what’s wrong with staying with him
  • Demeter, the boss from hell -insensitive and a nightmare to her employees. She has the perfecttt life that Cat dreams of – the dream job, handsome husband, big house, fancy car and cute kids and designer clothes. Her characterization throughout the book is brilliant. From being portrayed as the most horrible boss or later in the book as a person with “hung ups and problems and flaws like the rest of us”, she is brilliant.
  • I did for a moment think that after Alex, the partner’s son who is also ‘brilliant, smart, full of wit and charm’ asks Cat on an impromptu discussion, it was going to be something similar to ‘Can you keep a Secret’. But no, God, no, this book is ruled only by women and there’s no big part for Alex. That’s when i started liking it even more. Because how many books have we seen this storyline where the office girl marries off the boss and that’s it her career is thrown down the path with happily ever after. This book is about how Katie gets her perfect, not so perfect life on her own.
  • The sweet revenge that Katie gets to have on Demeter is just so much fun. How we wish we can do that to our bosses.!!! 😉

I can go on and on about this book, but 2 simple words – Perfectly done!

My review will be 5/5. Even if i’m not a Kinsella fan, i would have gone with 4.5/5. The extra 0.5 is for me being her ardent fan and that she never disappoints. (Except the last shopaholic book, i like all of her works :D)

You can get the book from Amazon.in. The review is in there as well as Goodreads 🙂

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Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too. Of course they do. And every time you see your own crappy truth and feel despair and think, ‘Is this my life?’, remember: It’s not. Everyone’s got a bright-and-shiny, even if it’s hard to find sometimes.

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I’ll give you the Sun – Book Review

This book is by Jandy Nelson who has also written ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’.
It is that kind of a book, the one where you are not sure whether you like it or not. I mean at some places, I did want to close it and read something else. At some places, it just blew my mind away.

Book Blurb

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

The sibling rivalry was perfectly portrayed and  the way the twins can feel each other is just amazing. The story is narrated from Jude and Noah’s point of view alternatively but during different ages. Noah’s narration is from the past before something terrible happened and Jude’s from after.  The grief is treated differently by both of them and drives them apart, not to mention the total character change, like they got swapped. The first half will really get on your nerves because its all just a tangle and you don’t know where anything is headed. But do not miss the second half.. Because its then that the story unravels and touches you deeply. The inner turmoil that the twins are going through makes much sense and to overcome all that grief and confusion, the missing parts need to be connected. I do not wish to disclose much. Also this is the first novel I’ve read where one of the protagonist is not straight.

I love how the title came into the picture. Its this cute game the twins play when they are kids. They fight for natural elements like Sun, Moon, flowers etc. So when Noah has something that Jude wants, she agrees to give him the Sun 🙂

Somethings I didn’t like or couldn’t relate where – Jude’s relationships with two guys -before and after. But both are older than her but she behaves as though the first one took advantage of her. That was just meh.

The other thing was Noah’s narration which looked like he was high. But he isn’t. Okay, it might have been the artistic way of telling things but I just didn’t like it or rather i didn’t grasp it. I understand he has this flair for art and the burning passion to draw something immediately but somethings were just incomprehensible to me.

I liked that Noah and Jude found the person the next-door parrot was incessantly asking for. 🙂 🙂

My rating is 4/5.

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ACOWAR !!

All Rhysand fans out there would have known that ACOWAR book cover has been revealed.

Now waiting for the book to be released!!! *Squeal* May 2nd is so far away..

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Very very curious to know what happens in book 3 of ‘A court of Thorns and Roses’ (ACOTAR) by Sarah J Mass. Thought it looked like a retelling of Beauty and Beast in book#1, the second book ‘A court of Mist and Fury’ (ACOMAF) just blew my mind *Cant get enough of Rhysand*

The April book box theme of “Books n Beyond” is related to Rhys they said, and off i went and pre-booked.. Book yours now.. 😀

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Mother, Can you not? – Book review

How often have you thought that your relationship with your mother couldn’t get any more crazy. We think mothers just don’t understand how it is.. well, let me tell you. She might drive you crazy but there’s nothing in the world that she would want other than you, your happiness and your safety.

Mother, Can you not? is a funny essay collection by Kate Siegel based on her relationship with her Mom Kim. Her mother is an overly protective and drives-you-nuts kinda person who invented “drone parenting”. After showing one of her mom’s text message to her friends and realizing how they all found it crazy n funny, Kate decided to start an Instagram account that has nothing but her everyday messages with her mother. These became hugely popular and to this day she has millions of followers which led to the idea of writing a book based on her relationship with her mother.

The book is downright funny and makes you laugh so hard. Her childhood was definitely not boring or dull. Her mom takes crazy to a next level when she throws a period party for Kate on account of her hitting puberty. Well, guess the party props !!! 😉

The extent her mom goes to get Kate selected for rowing classes at Stanford are hilarious. I mean, no mother tries to get a fake id for her daughter so that she can pass off as a 15 year old, two years older than she actually is, so that she can fall within the age limit imposed for the rowing classes. That too from a creepy Chinatown kinda place.

Or the time when she tries to get a photo-shoot for Kate, because she (Kate) wanted to be a pop star during her early teens.

Or the way her mother cancer-proofs everything and looks out for carcinogens everywhere with the help of her very own EMF detector including the school which her daughter was going to join.

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I do think sometimes her mother takes up a lot of personal space but mothers being mothers can not stop doing that. I mean, that poor boyfriend has enough strangers from the internet asking personal questions like when will he pop the question..

Please do read the book and laugh hard.. And, for daily dose of laughter follow her account @crazyjewishmom on Instagram.

Some gyaan’s from the crazy mom herself…

“No ring on the finger, you must not linger” – A constant reminder about the absence of a wedding in Kate’s near future.

“Even if it might be true, why take the chance” – on hypothetical power lines’s ability to cause cancer to her hypothetical grandchildren in Kate’s hypothetical house.

Ah, you get the drift… 😛

My rating is 5/5, definitely . 😀

 

Back for good

Yes exactly a year back I wrote my last post and vanished into thin air.. Spoof! Now that i’m back (truly back, this time) I promise myself that i will post regularly. I know i have posted similar posts like this, but this time i’m going to be here for the long run.

You might notice some of my previous posts are no longer there and some are password protected. I have made some changes here n there and will be turning this into more of a book blog than a personal space for ranting. 😛

Thank you for alllll the lovely people who have still not unfollowed 😀

The last time i checked (way back in Jan 2016) the total blog views was somewhere around 11k. Thanks to people who visited this blog (more than i visited in the past year :D) and surprisingly shot up the views to 20k -.

*Grateful Tears*

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