Author Interview: Becky Albertalli

I finally got to interview the wonderful, Becky Albertalli! Author of Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and the upcoming contemporary novel, The Upside of Unrequited. I read both of her books and they are both fantastic! If you want to read my spoiler free ARC review for The Upside of Unrequited, then click here: Upside of Unrequited Review 

The Upside of Unrequited releases April 11, 2017 so make sure to check it out when it releases! 


1.    What was your source of inspiration for The Upside of Unrequited? How did you relate to the protagonist, Molly? 

It’s always hard for me to pinpoint my source of inspiration for my books, because they tend to be very character driven. However, in this case, so many of Molly’s experiences closely mirror my own experiences as a teen. I was a chubby teen with lots of unrequited crushes, and I was very afraid of rejection.

2.    Who would you want as your best friend? Simon (Simon vs. The Homosapiens agenda) vs. Molly (The Upside of Unrequited). 

That’s a tricky question! Both Simon and Molly are very much like me (in different ways, and at different times of my life). I’d happily be friends with both of them, though.

3. What romance advice would you give to people who are shy and awkward like Molly? 

It can be tricky to give romantic advice, because, like everything, it depends so much on the situation and the people involved. That said, I think I’d want the Mollys of the world to know that they’re not alone. It’s not weird to be a teen who hasn’t kissed or dated anyone (it’s not weird if you HAVE kissed or dated or had sex, either, though!). When I was Molly’s age, I felt like I was the only one who hadn’t been in a relationship, and I’m only now understanding how far that is from the truth.

4.    What is a YA contemporary novel you would recommend to readers? 

For readers who enjoy or are interested in UPSIDE, I’d highly recommend Julie Murphy’s DUMPLIN’, Stephanie Perkins’ ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS trilogy, Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL, all of JC Lillis’ books, and Jenny Han’s TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE series. Also, a few swoony 2017 books you should have on your radar: Sandhya Menon’s WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, Ashley Herring Blake’s HOW TO MAKE A WISH, Cecilia Vinesse’s SEVEN DAYS OF YOU, and Laura Silverman’s GIRL OUT OF WATER. 

4.    What is your advice to aspiring authors out there? Do you have any future works coming up that we can look forward to?

My advice to aspiring authors is to take every opportunity to practice your craft. Fanfiction is a great place to play around with your characterization and dialogue skills. When you’re ready, get feedback from other writers, and take that feedback seriously. You don’t have to make every suggested change, but be open to revision and new directions for your work. Listen closely to conversations around diversity and representation in fiction, and take those insights to heart. 


So, that was my interview with Becky! Thank you so much again for agreeing to do this interview:) Make sure to check out Simon vs. the Homosapiens agenda and The Upside of Unrequited coming out April 11, 2017!

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