Review – The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

4 stars

Notice: This should be read AFTER Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Why? Because of minor spoilers as I realized way into the book that this is set in the same universe and there are overlaps and reappearances from Simon in this book.

Anywho, let’s get going with a synopsis:

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?
(Thanks to Goodreads for this).

So, here we have another cute contemporary teen story where we follow Molly during a summer break in which she gets herself a summer job where she meets Reid, a dork like no other.
Then her twinsister Cassie snags herself a girlfriend who has a seriously cute guy friend, Will. Boys all around for Molly Peskin-Suso, a girl who knows how to crush on a guy (current count is 26 guys), but nothing else. No dates. Well, we all know that’s about to change, but the million dollar question is; which guy does she choose?

These sort of books with an overweight lead character (Dumplin’ and Holding up the Universe I’m looking at you too) always strikes a cord with me because (let’s face it) I’m no stick figure either, but they still make it out to be so damn simple than it actually is in real life. I guess that’s fiction for you. But regardless, I do enjoy reading about non-traditional lead characters.

I like Becky Albertalli’s writing (I went straight from Simon to this one) and she manages to write relatable and real characters and the story just flows naturally and unforced that it’s just a joy to read. Also, I finished it far too quickly (I read it in less than 48 hours).

Was the story predictable?
Not 100% and I enjoyed that. We need more YA contemporaries with unpredictable storylines, just saying.

So, do I recommend this book?
Of course I do.

To whom?
To any Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda fans!

Or just YA contemporary fans in general.



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