Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ+ (if that’s a genre…)
Page Count: 336
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?
Most everyone in the book community has either heard of this book or read it. If not, you must’ve heard or have read the author’s other book Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda. I’m one of the few people who hasn’t read Simon – though I really want to. I wasn’t actually planning on buying and reading this book, but it was the April book in my Owlcrate box and since I’ve heard such great things about this author – and since I’ve really felt in the contemporary mood lately – I decided to read it.
And oh boy I was addicted.
I read this book in two days and if you asked my family where I was they would not have been able to answer with anything except for “In her room” because I didn’t even want to take snack breaks while reading this book.
I’m not going to say this book is flawless or that it’s the greatest literary masterpiece of this generation cause it’s not, but it is this: fun. Oh! And diverse! It’s so simply diverse that it makes me want to scream off of a rooftop yelling and telling all the homophobic, racist jerks out there to read this book and like it.
This book has so many things I love such as feminism, LGBTQ+ themes, sisterhood, and family. It also has a few messages I’m not sure if I am comfortable with as well, which does knock this book down half a star for me.
The problem I had with this book was the main character. Overall I did like her as a character, but she seemed to rely on getting a boyfriend so much it became irritating because the book made it seem like you need to have a boyfriend/girlfriend in order to be happy and self-confident.
Our main character doesn’t have much self-confidence and even though she’s had a lot of crushes throughout her life, she’s never acted upon them because she’s a ‘fat’ girl and is careful to protect herself.
“I’m not trying to overthink things. I’m trying to be less careful. But you have to be your heart’s own goalie.”
I did love Reid though. He is the ultimate book boyfriend and cares about Molly a lot. I still am unsure how I feel about Molly’s twin sister because she was quite selfish at times and only seemed to care about her relationship with her girlfriend and her sister getting a boyfriend. She didn’t really consider if her sister actually liked the guys she wanted to set her up with, which I also had a problem with.
Besides all that this was a really cute and funny contemporary read if you love swoon-worthy romance and flirting and diversity in books. I read this really quickly and I can’t wait to read the author’s other book as well as her future books.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Overall I really enjoyed this book even though there were a few small issues I had with it. I would recommend it to anyone who is in a reading slump or just wants a cute contemporary read.
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