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Love, Simon Author Is Getting Another Queer Book-To-Film Adaption

We can’t wait to see how this one turns out…

Best selling author Becky Albertalli, the author of the beloved YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which was adapted into the gay teen rom-com Love, Simon, is getting another book-to-film feature! Albertalli’s second book, The Upside of Unrequited will be adapted into an upcoming film.

The movie adaptation of The Upside of Unrequited will be written and directed by Hillary Shakespeare and Anna-Elizabeth Shakespeare, who are best known for their recent coming-of-age film Soundtrack to Sixteen. Albertalli also joins as executive producer on the feel-good summer romance.

“No words to fully express how excited I am to be working with @shakespearesistersfilm on this lovesick mess of a book,” the bisexual author wrote on Instagram. “They are brilliant and lovely, and they truly get this book.”

The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly, an insecure 17-year-old who has had 26 crushes and because of her intense fear of rejection, not a single kiss. “She’s so careful,” the description reads. “Fat girls always have to be careful.” So when her sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend, Molly’s suddenly feeling hopelessly alone. Then she meets her sister’s girlfriend’s best friend, Will, a cute hipster boy that might be the key to working her way back into her sister’s life. But what about Reid, Molly’s nerdy coworker? Quite the unexpected love triangle…

The Upside of Unrequited is so close to my heart, and I’m so happy and grateful this adaptation is in the hands of filmmakers who so deeply understand the complexity of love, longing, friendship, and sisterhood,” Albertalli told Variety. “The Shakespeare Sisters are masters of earnest, funny, heartfelt coming-of-age stories that never shy away from the beautiful messiness of love in all its forms. I can’t wait for my readers to fall in love with Molly in a whole new format, 27 times over.”

The sisters added, “We instantly identified with Molly and Cassie and the push-pull relationship between the sisters. Becky explores the loneliness of being left behind for a romantic relationship so delicately and sympathetically, which creates a really interesting avenue for a rom-com while at the same time providing us with all the fun, nostalgia, and anything’s possible feeling of first love.”

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