Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Release Date: 11th of April, 2017
Publisher: Balzar and Bray
Format: Physical ARC
Synposis (taken from Goodreads):
“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Disclaimer: There will be a lot of fangirling and this will be a little sloppy.
For the last two weeks, I have been falling in love with Albertalli’s fun writing and Molly Peskin-Suso. I don’t quite know how to describe how this book makes me feel other than “happy”.
I spent so much time hunched over this book smiling because of how cute it is. I would like to say right now that you should take advantage of those links and preorder it NOW because holy shit it’s amazing.
Let’s talk characters, shall we?
It’s been forever since I’ve read a contemporary but most of the ones I have read are mostly white, cis, hetero people with white cis, hetero people problems.
Needless to say it was a nice change to have Molly and her family front and center stage with her two moms (interracial), her lesbian twin sister, and he little brother.
Not to mention Molly is SO likable! A lovable, quirky embodiment of pinterest, who just wants everyone to be happy, but still thinks about her own needs. She struggles constantly with never having had a boyfriend and how that affects her life while remembering that it isn’t the end all be all, which I think is marvelous.
She’s extremely aware of her situation and the situation of those around her, an empath is there ever was one. Molly is the kind of character who knows herself well and when she doesn’t she takes the necessariy steps to learn about herself and she’s willing to change for the better.
Honestly, I could not be more in love with her.
Since the story revolved around Molly it features a lot of what I talked about above. Overall, it had themes of family and love and change, focusing on the idea that while those things all have their faults, in they’re a part of life and we can learn to live with them.
The entire story is focused on change of family and friends and how change in those two portions of our lives can be for the betterment of our own lives.
The idea of putting others before yourself while also keeping ones own self in check was another marvelous theme to this story and so well done and presented.
Honestly, this book is like one big lesson in change, love, family, and self-health.
I would have a world section but this is contemporary and takes place like an hour from me, so there isn’t much world-building, just a lot of traffic (in real life).
Overall, I give the book 4.5 Stars and highly recommend it.
Next week I’ll have up a YALLFest “recap” post instead of a Review to give me more time to read and review! You’ll understand when you see my haul.
Hope you enjoyed the review, WISH ME LUCK!