Release date: April 11th
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.
I absolutely loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so a companion novel to that was a must read. Even with completely different characters in a completely different city, it still had the same feel I remember from reading Simon. It had great family dynamics, a wonderful and complex sisterly bond, characters that were easy to relate to, and writing that flowed to make for a book I wanted to keep reading even if I really should have been asleep.
Molly was a character I could really find myself relating to. Her fear of rejection stopped her from putting herself out there too much, even when it seemed like the guy was perfect for her. It made her feel like her more confident twin was growing up and away from her, leaving her behind. She had many crushes but never any boyfriends. I liked the contrast between her interactions with Will, who her sister Cassie wanted her to date, and Reid, her co-worker who was fun and threw out geeky references mid-conversation. What got me the most though, was the whole family aspect, especially the relationship between Molly and Cassie. It was great, it was perfect.
I really enjoyed the slow burn relationship between Molly and Reid. Their banter was fun and natural and Molly felt more like herself around him, more relaxed, and she ever seemed around Will. Will was an interesting character as well, and definitely not a bad guy. I just preferred the scenes where Molly was having fun with Reid. I also loved the family aspect of the book. Molly and Cassie’s moms were amazing and fun, supportive and involved. And their little brother was too precious.
One of my favourite things was that so many of the issues in this book could have been solved by one of the characters taking a minute, taking a step back, and then speaking up about their feelings, but actually doing that was so much more difficult. For Molly, it would never be as easy as opening her mouth and speaking up or putting herself out there, and I thought Becky Albertalli did a great job conveying that.
This was definitely a great companion to Simon. It can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend them both.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*