Ever had a crush that was unrequited love… How about 26 crushes?
Molly is a serial crusher. There’s always a guy that she’s crushing on, but she’s always too scared to take it any further. Her anxiety and self-image, along with the fear of rejection are holding her back. After her sister Cassie gets a serious girlfriend, Molly feels like she’s being left behind. Luckily for her, a cute boy (or 2) happen to pop into her universe, but will she strike up the courage to take it beyond just a crush?
I really liked Molly, she had a realistic voice that speaks for a lot of people, whether they are teenagers now going through the same worries and stress or like me, older and remember how hard navigating the ‘romances’ of teenage life were. I remember dealing with the same anxieties and issues with my body and confidence that she does and it held me back at times and not just in regards to romantic relationships.
This book oozes diversity, representing many facets of the LGBT community, and not just as a main characters but as everyday supporting roles aswell. Not only that, but we were given diversity in culture and religion as well, and not to mention a main character who doesn’t fit the ‘ideal stereotype’ of body image that the media likes to force upon us.
The relationship between Molly and her sister is strong, but you can see the cracks in their friendship as Cassie becomes more and more invested in her new girlfriend. As an only child I can’t relate much to this but I do understand that relationships are ever changing and that sometimes the tightness of those bonds break over years. Sometimes I thought Cassie was a bit of a B*tch to Molly. But I also kind of get it too. When she gets with her new girlfriend; Mina, everyone else ceases to exist. I know we all hate to be that person who as soon as we get in a relationship ignores everyone around us, but we can’t deny that most of us have been that person at one point or another. It’s the exciting part of the relationship where all you want to do is spend time with the other person. So I can’t begrudge her that.
Patty and Nadine, are pretty freaking cool parents. I love books that show the parent/teen relationship. There is nothing worse that absent parents in a YA novel, because we all know most parents are unbearably involved in your life at that age. They are both relaxed with Cassie and Molly, but aren’t afraid to lay down the law when it’s required.
Overall, a great summer read that I flew through easily. This was a great follow up from Miss Albertalli’s debut ‘Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda’.