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A Visit to the World of The Upside of Unrequited April 9, 2017

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In celebration of Becky Albertalli’s newest YA book, The Upside of Unrequited, my friend Nico Piro and I wanted to take you on a little tour of the main character Molly’s world. Molly lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, close to Washington DC so we took a walk around town to take some pictures of places mentioned in the book. We will try to keep this post spoiler-free, but characters and events will be referenced, so be aware. For many of these, we are just guessing–we have no idea if any of these places are what Becky Albertalli really intended, but of course the fun is in the speculation!

p. 1: The book begins in the bathroom at the 9:30 club, a legendary DC music venue. Neither of us have been to a show there in awhile, but here is the outside of the building. IMG_5200

p.22: Molly talks about the brightly painted houses in Takoma Park and walking up Tulip Avenue.

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p.24: Molly describes Bissel, the gift store where she works, as looking like “Zooey Deschanel exploded into five thousand tablecloths and painted plates and letterpress notecards.” There are a few stores in Takoma Park that fit that description, but we decided that Tabletop was most likely the real-life Bissel. Here it is, with a few displays Molly might have created.

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p. 50: Molly asks her co-worker Reid about his favorite thing for sale at Bissel. Nico and I had fun choosing our own favorites–a gnome mug and a cacti pencil box.

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But because Reid loves a certain card, we also paid close attention to the cards. This was our favorite:


p.150: Molly watches the Fourth of July parade from a lawn near Dance Exchange. Here is Dance Exchange and we just picked a random house near it as the one Molly might have been at.

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p.156: The cheesecake bakery! Otherwise known as Capital City Cheesecake, one of the most delicious spots in town. Here, take a look at our mini quiches and cheesecakes!

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p.204: Reid invites Molly to go to Medieval Madness with him and a friend, but she already has plans. Medieval Madness has unfortunately closed, but there is still John Strongbow’s Tavern in it’s place on King St. Alexandria, where we have never been, but it looks cheesy and fun!


p.221: Molly is out near the farmer’s market when she runs into someone special. It wasn’t Sunday when we were up there, but here’s the space where it’s held with a bench Molly might have sat on.


p.251: The gazebo. An important scene takes place here and that’s all I will say about that.


p.274: It doesn’t have a porch swing (at least that we could see), but otherwise we think this is probably Molly’s house.


We hope you enjoyed this tour of Takoma Park through the eyes of Molly Peskin-Suso! Buy The Upside of Unrequited at your local indie bookstore, or request it at your local library. We hope you have fun reading!

ONE MORE! On p.287, Molly walks past the purple house on her way to work. But WHICH PURPLE HOUSE? We thought this would be easy, but there are so many purple houses in Takoma Park! Becky Albertalli, will you solve the mystery for us?

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1. KadyMac - April 12, 2017

I loved Medieval Maddness. If you stuck around long enough after the show, the owner and the staff would pull up chairs and drink with you and talk about their weird libertarian theories.

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