The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Page Number: 336
Source: Public Library
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book and can now say that Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite authors.
The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly who is one of a twin duo who is highly unexperienced in the romance department. Molly has had 26 unrequited crushes and has never even kissed a boy. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend she feels left out because they’ve ALWAYS been best friends and have always told each other everything. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s confused and sad. She starts working at a store called Bissel and may or may not start to fall for a nerdy boy obsessed with Tolkien and Game of Thrones…
I totally get why everyone loves this book. This was so cute and perfectly written! I’ve had my annoyances with the term “adequate representation” because I don’t think a book should just be checking off boxes of different ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations etc. but this book ACTUALLY has amazing representation.
Molly is heterosexual. Molly’s sister, Cassie is lesbian. Cassie’s girlfriend is pansexual. Molly has two moms one of whom is lesbian and the other is bisexual. Molly is fat. One of Molly’s moms is black. Some of the family is Jewish.
Okay. So this sounds like a super random hodge podge of different things and you might be thinking “wow that looks like it CHECKS OFF A LOT OF BOXES” but the way this was done was so seamless. There was no questioning about anything which I think made it feel like REAL representation. This book felt so so so real and I loved it.
The way that anxiety was represented was also perfect. I have anxiety so I could relate so much with Molly. She overthinks EVERYTHING and I think to someone who doesn’t overthink everything it would just seem like unnecessary worrying, but this is literally me. She texted someone and two minutes later when they didn’t respond she would freak out and feel like she made the biggest mistake of her life. Dude me too. I think anyone with anxiety could benefit from reading this because it is such an accurate representation of what it’s like.
Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.
I feel this on so many levels because I’m not one that likes change and this is so true it actually hurts.
All the characters were so fun and unique. I don’t even understand how and author could possibly create this many beautiful characters, but Becky Albertalli doesn’t fail to amaze me. The characters from Simon were here!! I had heard that they would be, but I completely forgot about it and then they all showed up to the wedding and aww omg I couldn’t not smile.
Molly and Reid were quite possibly the cutest couple on planet earth. Enough said. Read the book.
ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BECAUSE:
And to Grandma Molly. I never knew just how much I could miss a person. I lost you while drafting this. I thought of you every time I typed your name. What would I give to hear you call me mamaleh one more time.
omg can this get any cuter? I almost started crying when I read it because aww.