The Upside of Unrequited Book Review

The Upside of Unrequited Book Cover The Upside of Unrequited
Becky Albertalli
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGTB
April 11th 2017

I don't entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances

Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than be hurt

But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious, and basically the perfect first boyfriend. 

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan, she could never fall for … right?

A heart-warming and hilarious story about growing up and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.

When I read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, I knew I was in for an amazing story. Lo and behold, I fell in love from the first page. This book has every beautiful that I have come to love from Albertalli.

“Because I have to admit: there’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring what people think about you.”

Everything about the book is amazing. I highly enjoyed the fact that it felt super relatable and I know that a lot of readers will feel the same. It is quirky, lovely and just all-around good. I also highly enjoyed the characters with all their charms and flaws. Being able to watch them grow throughout the story is also incredible. Another brilliant point about The Upside of Unrequited is diversity. Nearly half of the characters are either POC characters or queer and Albertalli portrayed them all fantastically. It also has a main character who is fat and suffers from anxiety and that is also handled well.

I really enjoyed Molly as a character. She’s very introverted and feels like an outcast, and she so desperately wants to have a boyfriend. But her reasons for having one isn’t the best. She only wants one to have one, cause she never has? Eh.. okay I get it. But it’s not the best reason, is it? Of course, as the story goes on, I feel like Molly starts realizing this and watching her grow is just beautiful. She is basically a caterpillar waiting to turn into a butterfly, and boy does she do just that.

“I mean, here’s the thing I don’t get. How do people come to expect that their crushes will be reciprocated? Like, how does that get to be your default assumption?”

The group of friends that Molly has is also fantastic. I love their interactions and dynamics and feel strongly that it adds something great to the book. A lot of teenagers will be able to relate with it, as did I back in my teenage years.

Overall, I adored The Upside of Unrequited. I don’t think it topped Simon Vs for me, however, it is definitely up there. Would highly recommend!

Autumn picture of The Upside of Unrequited.
Autumn picture of The Upside of Unrequited

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