Rating: 4.25/5 (this is my blog ok i am allowed to give half-half stars) (quarter stars???)
I must be like, the last person to read this book and write a review. Ha ha ha I HAVEN’T READ A BOOK IN MONTHS HELP ME. Exams put me into a big reading slump but hey i read and loved this book so i have hope for the future.
Also i must admit that i never even HAD cadbury mini eggs before. I didn’t even know how they looked like before i googled them. And now i legit want some. America you have the talent of making sweets seem like they hold the secrets of the universe.
My blurb: Meet Molly Peskin-Suso: Internet lover, anxiety bean and full-time Serial-Crusher. And…there is not much plot after that. But don’t worry because it’s fine- it more then makes up for it in cuteness and banter and snacks.
You would be surprised but i actually love reading cute fluffy contemporaries. Especially in the summer (i think it has something to do with the heat and it literally turning my brain to baked mush- irrational decisions might be made) . Like yeah i obviously adore my intense high fantasy full of bloody deaths and kick ass magic but I also have a soft spot for baking and marshmallow fluff. And this book was exactly that. Now let me gush this whole post about all the reasons why it is the best contemporary i read in a while.
First and most important thing about this book: the diversity. It’s like a diversity rainbow puked all over it IN THE BEST WAY. Molly’s world is so colorful and IT’S NORMAL for her. All of this diversity is just normal. Nobody bats an eyelash or thinks twice (with a few exceptions) and it’s lovely to read about. Honestly it just seems like Becky Arbetalli decided to throw in as much diverse things as she could to spite all other YA bland white bread novels. For every cis hetero tragically white couple out there she added a poc/ lgbt+ character and it’s beautiful.
HOWEVER IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE that this is not ownvoices and the main character is not LGBTQ+ or POC – the supporting cast is. So please don’t go around preaching this like a diversity bible. For pride month we should all try reading ownvoices books. Yes it has good representation but please support diverse and marginalized authors.
(this has been a PSA from your local gran Ioana- apart from reminders she also bakes cookies and wraps fictional characters in knitted blankets to protect them from evil authors)
Besides the diversity this book is also sex positive which was so nice to see more of. It talks about virginity, safe sex and contraceptives which is important fort teens to see and talk about it openly with their parents. We need more of this in the media and yes it’s awkward but important. Petition for Becky Arbetalli to write about periods in her next book.
Other major thing i loved about this was *shouts through megaphone* TEENS THAT ACTED LIKE TEENS. Not 50 year-olds having a midlife crisis stuck in a pubescent body that obviously doesn’t have all the gross things that come with puberty like acne or oily hair but instead only has the glow of youth. They talked like teens and social media was so present. A teen in the 21st century using a phone?? It’s more likely than you think. (also yay for not using weird texting?? because nobody texts like that. no one. it’s painful to read)
I also enjoyed the romance part. *que gasps in french* Me ??? Having…feelings ??? I squealed and actually wanted to see the characters kiss?? Yes and I wholeheartedly blame these foreign emotions on Reid (!!!!a love interest with a realistic body shape!!!) because he was the gentlest of giants and I am sick and tired of broody cold and masculine love interests. Give me a cuddly nerdy geek bear any day over those. His white sneakers were just swoon worthy.
List of other silly things i liked:
- People peed. Thank God because YA makes me think I am the only human that still does that.
- Pinterest wedding boards appear and are treated with the respect and importance they deserve. That made me very pleased.
- All of the food because let’s be real if a book has food in it i am tempted to give it all the stars. (Yes I am a very objective reviewer shut up it’s called being professional)
- This quote because it sums up my existence as a shy extrovert:
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’m amazing at shutting up, but ever so often, it’s like I loose my filter. And it comes without a warning.”
Now I did have some with Molly’s character. She is a hopeless romantic that has a lot of crushes. And that made her pretty unreletable. I am a cold heartless avocado that has never had a crush and has no interest in having one and it was kinda weird-funny to read from that perspective. But she also had a tendency to make everything about herself. I mean yes she is a teen (we are notorious for how self centered we can be) and she has anxiety but it still managed to feel out of place and exaggerated sometimes.
And at times it also made romantic love feel like the most important thing in someones life when it really is not. Your life doesn’t have to gravitate towards your romantic partner and you don’t need to put romantic love above family love or platonic love ever. They are all equally important in someone’s life.
Overall: It’s a really fluffy book that will make you crack up. Seriously the dialogue is the best thing you will ever read. I might even like it more than i liked Simon.
But what did you think about this book?? Who was your favorite character?? And do you like reading a tooth-rotting sweet contemporary from time to time?? Chat with me about all of the stuff.
(Also…hello yes my hiatus is officially over yey. It’s been a busy month but now I can hopefully get back into reading. I have grown a pretty big TBR this past year and boy am i excited to just devour all of the books.)
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?