Annike: Hey guys, so we are officially on holidays so will hopefully be getting on top of our reading and our blogging! Sorry we have been so absent lately but hopefully this will be a turning point. Today I’m going to be reviewing The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Let’s go!
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?
So, The Upside of Unrequited is one of those fluffy and light books that I needed to read just to have a break from some of the heavier books I’ve been reading. I do have to say however that this books wasn’t my favourite of Becky Albertalli’s. I definitely think I preferred Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda simply because I liked the characters and the relationships between them more.
That said, this book was really cute and had some really important aspects to it like a lot of diversity! There was focuses on sexuality, gender and race which I think is really important for young adult books considering our world is so diverse but this often isn’t reflected. Similarly, Molly was a character who was not introduced to us as a beautiful, stick thin teenager but instead she accepted that she was a bit chubby. All the same, she was told to us to be very pretty and she had a lot of self confidence which was nice.
I really liked getting understand Cassie and Molly and the way that as twin sisters they were beginning to grow apart despite being so close but so different. I love reading about twins because I feel like I can always relate so much! While I didn’t find Cassie or Molly particularly like me I did like their characters and the way they related to their family. My favourite character would have probably been Reid or Molly and Cassie’s Mums because they were all such likeable and funny characters which is always something you need in a good book.
This book doesn’t really have a driving plot but it very much focuses on the different relationships that Molly has and the way that she starts opening herself up to more friends and people. I liked how there were so many book references (LIKE HARRY POTTER!) and the beautiful wedding that was being planned for her mums. The story was really raw and beautiful and I loved that there was no sugar coating of some of the harsh realities in being a teenager. Haha and I didn’t even notice that Nick and Abby both featured in this book until I saw it in someone’s review! So yeah, not quite sure what that says about me…
Anyways it was a good read but kinda underwhelmed me after all the amazing feedback I had heard. Would definitely recommend it and I know everyone else does too so definitely check it out and if you have read it let me know what you thought!