The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

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But on to The Upside of Unrequited. This book is delightful. From the very beginning, where you have the first line that gives hilarious development to our main character, to the sweet end. Here’s the first line: “I’m on the toilet at the 9:30 Club and I’m wondering how mermaids pee.”  Because why wouldn’t you be wondering that? 😀

The main character, Molly is a lovable character. She’s relatable and adorable.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone through lots of different crushes, but because of either circumstance or my anxiety I never ended dating most of those people.  So Molly’s story was one that I was automatically invested in.  I loved this quote: “I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”

I also loved that she’s on medication for anxiety, and that the book talks about the side effects of alcohol and medication. Upside of Unrequited has a lot of diversity. The side characters are all well written. Molly’s mom’s are amazing, her sister Cassie (though annoying at times) also has a really great character. It’s sometimes annoying to read about people in books just not communicating, but it’s also understandable. Cassie and her sister are still teenagers and it’s hard to know how to speak what you’re feeling. Plus they work it all out in the end.

All in all this was a four star book for me, and I definitely think you should read it. Becky Albertalli is a fantastic writer.


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