Let’s see if I can all my feels out in words!
This was another one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I loved Becky Albertalli’s first book to bits, and when I heard that she would write a second one, just from the POV of Abby’s cousin, I knew I had to get it when it comes out.
And Molly is such a terrific character! At times I was a bit annoyed with her train of thought (she was just sooo oblivious to everything), but quite often I understood how she felt. Especially about the whole being a virgin/never been kissed bit. I know I had exactly the same thoughts when I was her age.
Her list of crushes was interesting, she had quite a few of them. It would have been fun if she had done more than just crushing. Like actually telling her crushes about it.
Her being a pinterest queen and being awesome at crafts made me love her even more.
Now something that I hope I can write correctly, so please bear we with me, a lot of times these days when a book has a lot of important things stuffed in it (in this book there are LGBT characters, people of colour, weight problems, anxiety, family structures different from what a lot of people would say is standard, religion) it feels like the author is just going by a list for the sake of diversity. It just doesn’t fit. It just feels unbalanced. But not in this one. It just felt really natural. Like it was just meant to be, and I loved that! I was so happy how the author wrote it. Phew, I hope that came out right, I don’t mean anything bad by it, and otherwise just be sure to ask me and I will see if I can explain better.
I loved how Molly and Callie were twins, but didn’t look alike. Quite often in books the twins are alike, or at least very close in appearance.
I am not sure if I liked Callie, at times I really liked the girl, she was fierce, brave, but at times I just wanted to shake her around. The way she just blabbed her sister’s whole history to a couple strangers, no, just no. Especially if you know your sister isn’t comfortable with it.
Then later on, and this will be going in the spoiler tag.
I loved the romance in this one, though I was quickly shipping Reid and Molly. I never really cared for Molly x Will. Will was just too bleh. He never really seemed to care about Molly. I never got the vibe that he actually like liked her. Reid and Molly however had chemistry! I was just squeeing and hoping the two of them would actually notice it.
So I was delighted when she finally saw her true feelings and talked to Reid about them. I had quite a laugh when those two really got together. How Reid was all: We can take it easy. And Molly was like: No, we don't need to do that. 😛 The moments in the book that they were a couple (since it happened near the end, not enough) were absolutely adorable. The kisses, the hugs. Ahh, sweet! So happy that they got together. Molly was so worried people wouldn't like her because of her weight, but then she found someone who loved her so much and found her gorgeous.
I loved Molly’s moms, they were so awesome. Xavier, their little brother, was adorable.
I am still not sure what to think of the Grandma, at times she was pretty awesome, but I didn’t like how she reacted to certain things. I was happy with the ending though, now some things at least made a bit of sense.
Of course we also see Abby, mostly through texts, but she also makes an appearance. And we even have a small cameo from Simon (yay, Simon!).
Plus points to the cover, it fits so perfectly well with Simon’s book!
Phew, there are more things that I could discuss, but I don’t want to make the review too long. There was just so much good in this book. I really enjoyed each and every page. I can’t wait to see what Becky Albertalli will write next.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone!