The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Review)

upside of unrequited

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, 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, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

368 pages

Released on April 11th 2017

OK, so this was disturbing…. I AM MOLLY!!!! yes i’m pushing 40, but I am so like Molly. She acted just how I felt at her age.

Slightly geeky. Slightly awkward. Comfortable in her own skin (overweight) but not confident with it. No idea how to talk to boys. A grandma who manages to make you feel REALLY uncomfortable! Biting her tongue rather than speaking up and causing all kinds of problems because of it!

Absolutely brilliant.

This was so well written and so believable. And the diversity was amazing. We had lesbians, bi-sexuals, homosexuals, pansexuals, white, black, mixed race, Korean, homophobes as well as a main character on medication for mental health issues (and not afraid to mention it) all in one book. And the most awesome thing was it didn’t feel forced at all. It felt so natural and so real. I could imagine going to Molly’s house and fitting right in, no matter who I was. THAT is how I would love the world to be.

The story ambles along at a gentle pace, and you are watching Molly, Cassie and their group of people grow up in front of you. Finding and losing love. Falling out and making up. watching the world change around them – Molly and Cassie watching their mums getting married with the legalisation of gay marriage in the US.

It was just amazing. I really don’t know what else to say!

Becky Albertalli, we loved Simon. We love Molly, we want more!

Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Finished on March 20th 2017


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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


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