- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Balzer + Bray (11. April 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062660489
- ISBN-13: 978-0062660480
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 17 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,2 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 14.834 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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’If you’re in the mood for a snappy romance to vicariously bathe you in the pain and elation of first love, Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited provides.” (NPR.org)
“While first kisses, first loves, and even first sexual experiences have all been dealt with in some form or another, she tackles these big milestones head-on and with aplomb.” (Entertainment Weekly)
★ “Readers will fall in love with this fresh, honest, inclusive look at dating, families, and friendship. A top purchase for all YA collections.” (SLJ (starred review))
“In her second, relationship-rich novel, Albertalli’s take on the agonies and ecstasies of adolescent love are spot-on.” (ALA Booklist)
“Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can’t stop hugging this book.” (Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS)
“I have such a crush on this book! Not only is this one a must read, but it’s a must re-read.” (Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of DUMPLIN')
’A funny, relatable novel that’s filled with well-rounded, diverse characters.” Best Books of the Month (Brightly.com)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
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Im zweiten Buch von Becky Abertalli geht es um Molly, ein übergewichtiges Mädchen, mit einer lesbischen Zwillingsschwester und zwei Müttern und einem kleinen Bruder. Molly war sechsundzwanzig Mal verknallt und die Wahrscheinlichkeit ist ziemlich groß, dass ein ganzer Haufen der Jungs, nicht mal wirklich weiß, dass sie existiert und dann taucht da dieses süße Mädchen Mina auf und plötzlich ist ihre Schwester über beide Ohren verliebt und Molly findet sich alleine wieder. Nur ist sie nicht allein oder traurig. Sie freut sich für ihre Schwester. Wirklich. Und für ihre Eltern und ihre Freunde. Naja, nur ist sie eben doch einsam. Und das ist ziemlich mistig, wenn man bedenkt, dass sie sich freuen sollte. Oder nicht? Und dann ist da auch noch der super süße Will, der beste Freund von Mina. Und das wäre großartig, wenn da nicht auch noch der neue Arbeitskollege Reid wäre, der nerdige Reid, mit den viel zu weißen Schuhen. Der ja überhaupt keine Option ist ... richtig?
Ich habe mich letztlich für das Taschenbuch entschieden, weil ich Simon auch schon als Taschenbuch habe. Nur leider passen die beiden Bücher nicht besonders gut zusammen. The Upside of Unrequited ist größer und aus einem anderen Material (ich mochte das bei Simon vs. die Homo Sapiens Agenda sehr!), was etwas schade ist, aber auch nur am Rande erwähnt sein soll.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Ganz anders sah es bei dem üblichen Ensemble an Figuren aus. Besonders Mollys Schwester Cassie fand ich schrecklich. Sie hat mich immer wieder zur Weißglut getrieben, weil sie so egoistisch war. Ständig wertet sie über andere Menschen und findet sich selbst dabei ach so cool. Leider waren auch viele der Nebencharaktere zu oberflächlich gehalten. Das wohl größte Problem, das ich mit dem Buch hatte war zusammenfassend sowieso die Oberflächlichkeit. Die Autorin hat sich bemüht Unmengen an Themen in eine Geschichte zu passen, was meiner Meinung nach aber nach hinten losging. Molly und ihre Geschwister sind so z.B.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
The set of characters is one of the most diverse I have ever read about. Yet the diversity never felt forced, it was just natural and awesome because yes, actual living people aren't only straight and white.
Molly was adorable and although I might not always have identified with her, she was really authentic and I could understand her thoughts and struggles. Her family - especially her two moms - was just great. The struggles Molly had with her sister Cassie and them realizing that they are slowly growning apart felt totally real.
Becky Albertalli's writing is just easy and funny and I finished the book in a day. In my opinion she really captures the tone of a seventeen year old and she manages to include references to current music artist, authors or social media without seeming like an adult who has no idea what they are talking about and just does it to seem cool and up to date.
Although it is a funny and quick read Becky Albertelli adresses some really important topics like the struggle with self- and body- image, anxiety and being on medication because of it but the conversation that stood out to me the most was teenagers discussing our heteronormative af idea of virginity.
The thing that I sometimes missed in "The Upside Of Unrequited" was conversation because a lot of problems could have been easily solved by Molly just opening her mouth.
But all in all I still genuinely enjoyed this book and I wish some contemporary authors would model themselves on Becky Albertalli in terms of authenticity and diversity.
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Every aspect of this story is wonderful, but I'm going to discuss my favorite pieces below:
1. The use of the word "fat." Throughout the novel, very rarely does Molly refer to herself as "chubby" or "curvy" or other euphemisms that people use to very obviously circumvent the word fat. The word is not weaponized against her (except for one instance but that guy sucks); it's just a fact.
2. The normalization of taking medication. This means so much, as taking medicine for mental illnesses is still very widely stigmatized. It's still very hush-hush, don't let the outside world know, in media and society. But Molly's casual references to taking her anti-anxiety medication is a large step towards making it a normal, every day thing.
3a. Queer identity was a vital part of this story, and it was treated with the love, tenderness, and respect that it deserves. In the very first chapter, we find out that Molly's twin sister is queer and they have two moms. A couple chapters later, we find out another character is pansexual. Simon of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda makes a few brief appearances, and his boyfriend is so casually mentioned. Towards the end of the novel, another character introduces Molly to his boyfriend and it fazes no one. Nowhere in this novel is anyone shamed for being queer (the one homophobic character is specifically called homophobic and everyone just generally doesn't take her nonsense), because being queer is just a part of who they are.
3b. The use of actual queer terminology was a pleasant and welcome surprise. The words asexual, pansexual, and bisexual are all used on page! (I loved all instances but my favorite was Molly thinking "obviously asexuals exist" because people either tend to forget we do, or they ridicule us for it.)
4. Everyone in this book is incredibly sex positive and I love it. They unabashedly talk about genitalia, orgasms, and sex. No one is shamed for having sex, and no one is shamed for not having sex. And I appreciated that Molly and the LI don't have sex since they get together so late in the story; it would have felt incredibly rushed and out of character.
5a. All the women are everything. They're shown as a spectrum--kind, loving, unlikable, surly, sarcastic, considerate, jealous, scared, anxious, happy. They're all allowed to have depth; none of them are one dimensional or flat. I love when female characters are shown to have multiple facets of their personality because it's so accurate to real life.
5b. The different kinds of relationships among the women were also incredible, and I loved how well they showed that there's different kinds of relationships with different people, even within the same friend group or family.
6. I'm not Jewish myself, but I adore how unreservedly Jewish this book and its characters are. Too often in media, Jewish people are depicted in unpleasant and discriminatory ways due to inherent antisemitism. We need so many more books, movies, tv shows, etc. where Jewish characters are allowed to be themselves, practice their religion without censure or discrimination. And we especially need this in the current state of the United States and wider world.
To summarize my feelings: This book is everything. It's the fat positive, queer inclusive, fun, real story that I've been dying for. I cannot wait for this book to be out in the world so more people can get their hands on it, because people of all ages need to read this book, especially my fat babes.
Molly Peskin-Suso has had twenty-six crushes but has never been kissed. This has come easily for her twin sister, Cassie who has had girlfriends like it was not a problem. Molly learns about growing apart from her sister and finding herself. Everything changes this summer for Molly when she starts working at Bissel, a shop in town and meets a nerdy boy, Reid.
You might find your next OTP! Reid and Molly quickly became my new OTP. I was their biggest cheerleader, they had me laughing out loud! Reid is a funny guy who is obsessed with Game of Thrones and Cadbury Mini Eggs (same to the mini eggs). Reid has a great sense of humor and so much sarcasm. Their story is so cute and pure and realistic. Molly and Reid are both characters with underrepresented body types, they compliment each other and have an adorable romance. Their romance shows that two people despite body shape can be together.
This book has so much diversity within the character's (race, sexual orientation, religion, mental health and size). Molly and Cassie are sperm-donor children and have two mothers, Patty and Nadine; they're laid-back and very supportive. Their family is Jewish and interracial, we see Jewish traditions implemented or just talk of Jewish culture (Reid is Jewish too ;) ). Mina, Cassie's girlfriend is a pansexual Korean American and we see some of her culture as well.
This is such a great coming of age novel about a seventeen year-old girl wishing for her first kiss. Molly's story is so real, sweet and raw. I definitely related to Molly in many ways. She has a hard time interacting, she's shy and experiences anxiety. She feels like the friend that isn't being looked at. But, she also is a Pinterest queen and I envy her. I made some edible cookie dough that she made and it was delicious.
If you liked Simon, you are going to love this novel especially because we get to see more of Abby, who is Molly's cousin. As well as glimpses of Simon and Nick.
Disclaimer: This book is like Mini Eggs, you're sad when they are all gone. Truly, I didn't want it to end.
As the synopsis states, Molly Peskin-Suso is familiar with unrequited love (or crushes, really- but aren’t all teenagers overly dramatic?). She has had many, many crushes and has never really acted on them. She is awkward, unsure about herself and often feels like she is comparing herself to her more confident twin sister, Cassie. When Cassie gets a hip, cute girlfriend Molly feels like she is being left even further behind.
“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”
Honestly, for the first 40% or so of this book, I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t in love with Molly. I can’t exactly say why- she just annoyed and frustrated me more than I usually want in a main character. But then I realized that maybe that was part of the book. Molly is a seventeen-year-old teenager. She’s emotional, insecure, growing up and her relationship with her twin sister is rapidly changing. Everything is a big deal. And you know what? It is a big deal. Change is scary and unknown and Albertalli handles it beautifully. This book is obviously about more than unrequited love, its about growing up and self-acceptance and I really appreciated the message. There were aspects of Molly’s character that I absolutely related to. The carefulness, uncertainty and anxiety. I love how Molly constantly had these internal conversations with herself, always thinking about the worst possible outcome.
So, if this is a story about self-love and acceptance, why is the ending so neatly packaged with a nice love story? At first I didn’t want it end with a cutesy relationship but after thinking about it, I was happy with it. Why? Because first crushes, first kisses and first loves are such an influential part of growing up. The first time I fell in love and subsequently had my heart broken I learned so much about myself and I learned to love and feel confident in myself. Seeing Molly experience that with Reid for the first time made me so happy and I was smiling throughout all of their interactions. They were so cute!
Another aspect of this story I really enjoyed is that it took place in Simon-verse. Molly is Abby Suso’s cousin from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was so happy to see that Simon is alive and well in this book! Even though its a brief cameo, I love when authors have overlap between their characters. It makes it all seem more real (Colleen Hoover and Kasie West do it as well!)
This book, which I’m sure you have seen though all of the reviews, is wonderfully inclusive. It includes so many characters of different races, cultures and sexual orientations. I will admit, sometimes the diversity aspect felt a bit forced (a bit like a laundry list of everything needed in a diverse book) but in the end, I’m not complaining because we need more books like this in the YA community.
This was another great book by Becky Albertalli! She is a talented author with a very relatable writing style. She does a wonderful job of capturing those very real feelings growing up- the first loves but also the many awkward moments and insecurity. I hope you all get a chance to read this book soon!