Published in 2017 by Penguin Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from 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?
Let’s talk about the plot:
It also focuses on the relationship between Molly and her twin sister, Cassie. The two slowly drift apart but it doesnt mean they love one another any less.
Let’s talk about the writing:
This was my first book by this author, and I definitely want to read her other books. Her writing is so natural and flows so beautifully, I love how she has the majority of characters in this book as LGBT; I mean Cassie is gay, Mina is pansexual and Molly and Cassie have two mothers, who are ecstatic when the marriage bill for same sex marriage is passed.
One tiny thing that annoyed me about the writing, is it was too full of romance; I mean, Molly filled herself with the notion that she was the only virgin in the State. But she put so much pressure on herself to have a boyfriend, but aside from that it was fine. I love how relatable Molly is, she’s conscious about her weight, she’s anxious, she doesn’t like arguments. All things I relate too. She thinks to herself a lot too, which is something I found refreshing and relatable too.
Lets talk about the characters:
Molly, as I said, is our narrator, she’s 17 but comes across as much older than her years. She’s been called all sorts of insulting names, whether it be from her own grandmother or from boys at school. I was cringing for her when a guy said “you’re hot, for a fat girl.” I mean who says that? But I love how we get Molly sort of loosen up around Reid, he definitely made her feel at ease. Molly enjoys fandom but in Reid she meets a Tolkien fanboy, which is so cute and I love the fandom references throughout.
Cassie is Molly’s twin sister, definitely more extroverted than her twin sister, there were times I thought Cassie was being a brat; eg when she breaks the rules at home when Mina and their friends are over, but she does apologise and all is well. I loved her sisterly relationship with Molly, it felt so real; all these characters did. As I was reading this, I felt like I was there and that I’d become friends with them all.
Mina and Reid, the sisters’ crushes, respectively; both are perfect for Cassie and Molly, I loved Mina and Cassie’s cute moments, and when we got an insight to Mina’s family life; and when she met Cassie and Molly’s family, it was full of sweet and endearing and laugh out loud moments. I had a crush on Reid throughout, his fanboy self is precious and he’s just so nerdy and proud of who he is; Mina too is down to earth and calm and so enthusiastic about Cassie.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone, it’s so refreshing and fun but full of feels and relatable!
And that concludes my review,