Book Blurb: 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 women 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.
Hello everyone! It has taken me much longer to get this review up than I had hoped but that’s what happens when you get super ill and read like crazy before going back to the craziness of university (which I had to miss for two weeks)… lovely, huh? Today I have for you a review for, hands down, one of my absolute favourite books that I have read this year so far. That lovely book is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli! Aka one of the best YA author’s, in my opinion, so if you haven’t read her yet YOU NEED TO!
This book was the first one that I have read since The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky in which I automatically connected with the characters and found the main one super relatable. If you were one of those girls in high school who always got talked to by boys just so that they could then talk to your friend, this is the book for you and no there is no shame for being that girl! I definitely was and boy did this book bring me back to those unpleasant years – but in an enjoyable and funny way.
Seeing as how much I loved this book, I decided to discuss my favourite parts and my (only) dislike for this review. So let’s get into it!
- Individuality. Right from the very first page, you get introduced to four of the main characters. It is written in such a way that although you don’t get a “proper introduction” for each character, it starts right away with an eventful night that shows how each character differs from each other while also completing each other. You see the sister connection, the best friend connections, and the love interest connection. For each conflict that arises, you get to see how each character is effected either by text or dialogue. It is so rare to find a YA book lately that comes off this strong right from the first page/chapter so I fell for it right away.
- Flow. There was never a moment for me where I was confused about what was happening nor who was talking nor why something was happening. Everything in this book just fits perfectly like a puzzle and it really shows how talented Albertalli is as a writer.
- Suspense. Butterflies, tears, anger, and happiness. Those are all of the feelings that I experienced while reading this book and I loved it. Personally, at times it felt as if I was reading a John Green book because seeing as I got connected so easily to every character, their emotions effected my emotions. It was beautiful.
- Relatable + Memorable. A teenage girl with not a great self-esteem, friends (and a sister) who easily get into relationships or get crushed on, struggles talking to boys, and deals with the overall awkwardness of growing up. Sound relatable? Good, because it is. I saw so much of myself in the main character, Molly, that it was surreal. Yes I never experienced everything that she did nor had the same family/friends situation that she had but as far as her mental state and personality go, we could be best friends. Before receiving this book for my birthday, I had watched a lot of reviews for it from my favourite booktubers and they all said the same thing. It’s relatable and you can’t help but love it. IT IS JUST SUCH A GOOD BOOK!
- Length. Literally guys, that’s it. THE BOOK WAS TOO SHORT. I say that only because I loved it so much – the characters are amazing, the ending was perfect, and I want more. Please write a second one Albertalli! Now I have to admit when you look at the actual plot, it started and ended at the perfect time. But as a greedy reader who is going on a massive YA kick right now, I wanted more and I am still not over this book. And yes it has been over a week but I am not ashamed.
Would I suggest this book to a friend?: YES! A hundred times yes!
If you haven’t read a Becky Albertalli book before, which one would I suggest that you start with?: Honestly, it is up to you. You can either choose one with a gay teen who comes out to his friends and deals with an online (basically) relationship (Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda) or a girl in high school who has never been kissed and wants her first boyfriend (The Upside of Unrequited).
Fun Fact: A movie for Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is coming out next year so I highly recommend that you read the book first if you are interested in seeing the movie!