Apr 26, 2018

Guest Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 336 Pages
Published April 2017

Summary: 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?
Today on the blog we have a guest review from Esther over at Bite Into Books! In honor of it being a whole year since The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (famous author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, if the name sounds familiar!), it's time to host a guest review featuring this fabulous book. So let's get into it!

My Thoughts
If you want to read a nice YA/Contemporary that is light and just fun to read, this is the book to pick! I rushed through and I just ENJOYED. It's such a cute, feelgood book that leaves you with a smile.


GOT, LOTR, HP: I LOVE the references in this book. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, it's all there! I'm such a big fangirl and I can immediately feel a connection with a character if they're a fan of the same things that I am. I love when authors know a lot of the books and TV Shows/Movies that I also enjoyed.

Text messages and emoticons: I'm a person that uses text messages and emoticons a lot. I love reading books that contain emails or text messages, because I can relate. Molly talks in emoticons a lot and that's so much fun, because you recognize the emoticon and feel yet another bond with a character!

Feel good book: Like I said; This is just a book to lay back, relax and enjoy the ride. The book left me with a satisfactory feeling and a big happy smile on my face.

Characters: I love the different characters in this book and how strong they are. The characters are really thought through and have a lot of personality even in the way they talk. I felt a good connection with a lot of the characters. That's the main reason I enjoyed the book a lot.


Not mind blowing: This book isn't mind blowing. It doesn't stir up big emotions and it doesn't have big plot twists as well. That's why I gave it 4 stars and not 5.


A great book for the YA/Contemporary fans out there. It's actually 336 pages but doesn't feel like that at all. You rush through and can just enjoy the well shaped characters and nice story line. Definitely worth laying back and making you forget the world around you.

We'd like to once again thank Esther for stopping by The Book Bratz today to post this guest review. You can read the original review over on their blog by clicking HERE!

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Apr 25, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Jessica's Waiting on:

Title: Love & Other Carnivorous Plants
Author: Florence Gonsalves
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018

Summary: Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny's life. She's failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is. 
The title of this book is what drew me in right away -- it's certainly interesting! And once I read the summary, I knew that this was a book I had to read. I'm really excited to read this book next month, because it seems like a story of romance, confidence, and even sadness -- a blend that I'd really enjoy reading. If this book isn't on your TBR yet, I highly recommend putting it there -- because this seems like a really promising story!

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your links so I can stop back! 

Apr 24, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words in YA Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Frequently Used Words in YA Titles
Today's TTT is an interesting topic that caused me to go on a little search. I never noticed how many book titles had these words until I sat and thought about it, but now that I did, it was interesting to see! So without further ado, here are ten frequently used words in YA titles that I've noticed!

1. "Love"

2. "And Other"

3. "When"

4. "Total"

5. "You"

6. "Beautiful"

7. "Rules"

8. "Prom"

9. "Summer"

10. "Moment"

So those are ten words that I noticed have been frequently used in YA book titles that I've noticed! Have you noticed any that I missed? Agree/disagree with any of the ones I pointed out? Comment down below and let me know! :-)