The Upside of Unrequited - Book Review

Friday, 23 March 2018

Started: March 15, 2018 | Finished: March 22, 2018

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 11th, 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Book Edition: Hardcover
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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?
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Another very cute book by Becky Albertalli!! Two in a row for me, and I've found that I just really love her books and her writing style. I'm so excited for any book she brings out and I think she'll always be one of those must read authors for me. I also love the characters that she writes, she really makes you want to root for them. As was the case with Molly! I liked her a lot, and I related to Molly's form of anxiety very much in this book.

Let's actually talk about that for a second, the anxiety. I thought this book did a fantastic job at representing what's it like especially in social situations where you just get inside your head a lot, and don't say much because of it which then makes people think you're standoffish or super shy. I also related to the no love due to the anxiety and overthinking, except I'm not 17 and I haven't been able to be "un-careful" as Molly does with the guys in this book. It's a sad fact that while there's been opportunities in my life for love, I've always let my brain ruin everything. I overthink, I shutdown and they move on, story of my life!.....(okay that got depressing)...moving on!

As always the supporting characters in this book were fantastic! I love the representation of Molly and Cassie having two moms. My mom has been with her partner for nearly 22 years, so I basically have two moms as well and it's amazing, they're amazing! Also loved Reid, he was so awesome and I rooted for him from the start. Will is an alright guy as well, I actually really liked his character too. But Reid was just so lovable from the moment he was introduced. Loved Cassie and Mina together, they were adorable!! Also really loved the small appearances of characters from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens agenda in this as Abby from that book is Molly and Cassie's cousin. So I was really happy about that little crossover.

Overall, I really loved this book! It was a quick, fun read that I would recommend. Now just got to wait for Leah on the Offbeat to come out for more Becky Albertalli in my life!!

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