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Featured Book Review - High School

Summary: Molly Peskin-Suso has had 26 crushes and 0 kisses. That’s a lot of unrequited love for one person, but Molly is comfortable in knowing that if she doesn’t take risks, she can never be rejected. When her usually unromantic twin sister, Cassie, falls head over heels for gorgeous, fun Mina, Molly can’t help but feel a little left behind. When will it be her turn for love?

Why I like it: Molly is a super relatable character with all too familiar insecurities. I wish I had read a book like this when I was in high school; Molly thinks and feels things that we all do but are too scared to talk about out loud. She is me when I was 17 (and we have the same name too!). The story touches on themes of body positivity and inclusivity. The drama is realistic without being over the top, and the ending, while a bit predictable, gives you all the feels. This is a very character/emotion driven book, as opposed to plot-driven.

Three words or phrases that describe this book: Realistic, romantic, thought-provoking

You might want to pick up this book if you: Enjoyed Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! This book is not a sequel but is in the same universe. Molly and Cassie are Abby Suso’s cousins, and Abby is one of Simon’s best friends. (There is a small spoiler, so I recommend reading Simon first.) If you enjoy love stories and realistic friend/sister drama, you will love this.

If you like this book you may also like: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner.

Recommended by Molly Vazquez