In Which I Talk About How Cute The Upside Of Unrequited Was + How To: Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies Recipe

by - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Upside Of Unrequited Book Review | sprinkledpages

Aha I’m so excited to be sharing my review for this today! This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and I am happy to say it did not disappoint! 

If you didn’t know, Becky Albertalli is the writer of Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda, which was also such a cute and funny book and one that is a favourite of many! After having read that last year, I was quite excited when I heard she was releasing a new book, especially since there was so much hype surrounding it!

Plus I'm going to be showing you how to make these delicious Cadbury Mini Egg inspired book cookies!


About the book. 

Book: The Upside Of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Pages: 366
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Published on: 11 April 2017
Synopsis: 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? (source)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Recommended for: Anyone 12+

Thank you to Penguin Australia for providing me a review copy however this is an honest review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My thoughts.


{ writing }

Albertalli’s writing is always so fun and easy to read! Her books are quite short and once you start reading, you just get sucked into the cute story! They are super addictive and hard to put down once you’ve started them! It was also quite funny and very sensitively written.


{ idea }

I feel like Albertalli’s books aren’t ‘unique’ as such but her take on them make them really unique. She uses some common YA tropes such as ‘the girl who is beautiful and doesn’t know it’ and ‘the shy girl’ but really puts her own spin on them, in a way that makes her books stand out from others. Her characters feel more real because they have their likes and dislikes and strengths and flaws and I just loved it all!

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I love how she went beyond the surface for her characters too! Albertalli explores her themes quite deeply through the use of characters and their personality traits. She looks at what first love means and how someone may think they want something to find it’s not something they wanted at all in such a funny, thoughtful way!

I thought it was really fantastic the way she incorporated her diversity too, in such a seamless way! This book features characters from the LGBTQI+ spectrum, specifically gay and pansexual characters. It also features underrepresented bodies as both Molly and Reid are said to be fat.


{ plot }

Unlike most contemporaries, this actually managed to have a plot!
Yes, it was more focused on characters rather than action but I feel the book progressed quite well and the coming-of-age aspect worked superbly with this! I loved how much Molly developed and how the relationships she had with her family were explored and the new relationships she was forming were expressed.
It added so many layers to the plot and to the characters and it all worked quite well together.


{ characters }

I found Molly to be super relatable too! We’re around the same age and I loved how she had some of the same feelings I often have in terms of relationships and first love. I don’t want to get too personal but I loved how Molly mirrored a lot of my own thoughts and feelings and she was a lot like me in her Pinterest obsession, love for cookie dough and chocolate and how much regard she had for her family!

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It was so great to find a character who represented me – personality wise.

{ finally }

This was such a fantastic read and one that'll always give me the warm fuzzy feels every time I think back to it! I do recommend you read it, especially if you like cute contemporaries and enjoyed her other book!


OVERALL RATING:


Have you read The Upside? What did you think? Or do you plan to? And have you read Albertalli's other book, Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda?  


HOW TO: THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED INSPIRED CADBURY MINI EGG COOKIE RECIPE! 


The Upside Of Unrequited Book Review | sprinkledpages

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 

  • Cookie Dough 
  • Cadbury Mini Creme Eggs

METHOD:

  1.  Make your cookie dough as per your recipe 
  2. Take a mini egg and chop it in half (or more pieces if you wish) 
  3. Take a small scoop of the cookie dough and roll it in your hands and flatten 
  4. Place the piece of mini egg in the middle and close the dough around it so the dough covers the mini egg piece 
  5. Bake as per your cookie recipe 

AND VOILA! You have some delicious Upside inspired cookies! Enjoy!

If you recreate this recipe, make sure to tag me on Twitter or Instagram @sprinkledpages because I'd love to see your creations!  

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28 happy thoughts

  1. I adored this book! I must say I didn't love it as much as Simon but the more I think about it the more I enjoyed it. The Family, the love interests, the representation it was so well done and I loved Reid so much, nerdy boys with stashes of Cream eggs are my new fave XD
    Great review Anisha so glad you loved this too <3

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    1. AHA THANK YOU SO MUCH CASEY! I personally liked it more than Simon VS but I think that's because I related to the character more!

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  2. I've been seeing so much praise for this one floating around! I definitely need read both it and Simon vs soon so that I can see what all the hype is about. That and I just think I need some cute contemporary reads in general lol. Glad you enjoyed this one! Also, I'm going to have to try that cookie recipe whenever I get the chance. I love Cadbury Eggs. Great review as always!! :)

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH MELISSA! And yay, hope you enjoy the recipe!

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  3. I really want to read this; I've heard great things about it. I really liked Simon, so this one should be good. I'm glad this books is really diverse. And I'm so with you--my favourite characters represent my personality rather than my ethnicity/hobbies (though I do love nerdy new zealand indian girls in books, not that there are many of those)
    Shanti @Virtually Read

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    1. I didn't mean I didn't like ethnicity representation, I meant I also love when I can relate to a character! (Sorry if it came off that way!) And aha yes, this is so fantastic! Absolutely adored it!

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  4. I LOVE BECKY ALBERTALLI'S BOOKS SO MUCH! I ALSO LOVE THIS REVIEW HEHE. And you should make me cookie dough to try one day (I've never tried haha). Actually, just bake for me hehe <3

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    1. HEHE tank you! And omg i will remind me the next time we meet up!

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  5. I just read Simon vs. like a week or two ago and loved it! I'm looking forward to checking out more from the author and this one sounds interesting too.

    I LOVE Cadbury eggs so I might have to try them in some cookies. :)

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    1. YAY I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM SARA!

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  6. I LOVE THIS REVIEW SO MUCH! I've been meaning to buy this book and also Simon Vs but I just haven't gotten around to it. #BrokeBookwormProblems

    I absolutely love that both Molly and Reid were fat - fat people are SO SO UNDER REPRESENTED (How is everyone ever a skinny beautiful person?) and hopefully, I'll get to this book soon!

    Great Review Anisha!

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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    1. AHA THANK YOU SO MUCH ADITI! And I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to reading it! <3

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  7. Oh my gosh - I'm definitely making these cookies! It's such an awesome book inspired idea! I'm also glad to see that you enjoyed the book - it was a really great read and I LOVED Molly's character! Awesome review!

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  8. I've heard so many good things about this book, and your review makes me want to read it even more! I haven't read anything by Becky Albertalli nor do I read much YA contemporary, but her books seem like they could appeal to anyone. I'll have to give them a chance for sure!

    Also, super cute post with the recipe included! Love it!

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    1. You're so sweet Biranne! And her books are truly the best!

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  9. I've heard nothing but great things about this book and how cute and wonderful it is, so I am so glad to see you enjoyed it so much too! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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  10. I love both of Becky's books! I'm so glad you enjoyed UPSIDE too :D And that recipe sounds sooo delicious, thank you for sharing!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. No problem Brittany! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  11. I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS BOOK 🙈 !! I absolutely adored it so it's amazing to see that other people felt the same. I loved molly, I just related to her so much! I actually ended up loving this one more than simon vs which surprised me. I think I'm in love with Becky Albertalli now though 😂 . Great review!

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    1. AHA THANK YOU SO MUCH KIRSTY! <3

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  12. Mmmm, now I want those cookies though. 😍😍 And . YES I loved this book so much! I agree that her books aren't super unique or anything but the way they're written is just beyond perfection?!? They're so relatable and adorkable and CUUUTE and I love all the characters so much.😍 Simon Vs is my favourite of the two, but I still thought this one was great!!

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    1. YES YES YES! your thoughts are spot on Cait!

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  13. Love that you put a recipe with your review. Such a cute way to tie everything together!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  14. I'm not much for contemporary, but this book sounds so good! I love character-driven books. And thanks for the recipe - I'm very much a beginner baker, but that sounds easy AND delicious! :D

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