Published by HarperCollins, Balzer + Bray, HarperTeen on April 11, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: Kindle, eARC
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Besides the fact that it’s awesome, that is.
The main character is fat, and at no point does she go on any sort of diet.
Nor does she have to lose weight to become “worthy” of love. And even though it’s a part of her story, it’s not what the story is about. This seems like a thing that should happen more than it does, but I think this is the first (or maybe second) book I’ve ever read where this is the case. It’s just fantastic. She reminded me so much of me, and I absolutely loved it. I think my favorite quote was, “[I]t fits me in exactly the right way. It doesn’t make me look skinny. I think it makes me look fat on purpose. Like a Torrid model or something.” It just really resonated with me, and I hope more stories use characters like Molly for inspiration.
It takes place in the same wonderful universe as Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it’s not a direct sequel.
Again, a thing that somewhat surprised me. Usually I prefer to read series where each book follows the previous one in a single story line, but I really liked the way that Molly had her own story. Sure, Simon had a guest appearance (and it was fantastic, of course), but her story was hers.
The love triangle was so different and un-cliched that I didn’t even mind it.
I feel like the entirety of this review is just me saying that I enjoyed things I don’t normally enjoy, but whatever. It’s true. Love triangles usually make me want to gag, but I almost didn’t mind this one. Looking back on my goodreads notes, I had a pretty clear choice from the beginning, but the way everything played out was just fantastic.
The characters are AH-MAZING.
Have I mentioned yet how much I love Molly? Because I really, really, really love Molly. And Reid. And just all of the characters. Except one, who shall remain nameless because I don’t want to spoil anything. Basically, if you’ve already read Simon, you know how wonderfully talented Becky Albertalli is at creating lovable and relatable characters, and if you haven’t read Simon (I’m not judging, I totally read this one first), you need to go read it like RIGHT NOW. DROP EVERYTHING ELSE AND READ IT OH MY GOD IT’S SO GOOD. Okay, that’s probably enough with the caps lock.
All the delicious food they talk about.
RAW AND EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH. Okay, now I’m done with the caps lock. Anyways, do you know how much I wanted to eat cookie dough after/while reading this? SO MUCH. (yes, I lied. CAPS LOCK FOREVER!) It wasn’t quite as bad as the oreo craving I got after reading Simon, but it was pretty darn close. Basically, be prepared to go buy/make lots of delicious food after reading this book.
That’s it for me. Have you read this book yet? Are you going to? HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE MOLLY? Let me know the answers in the comments!
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,