Book: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali
Rating: 3 stars
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?
I absolutely adored Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! So after reading that book, I added this on to my TBR. I had nothing but good hopes for this book.
This was a light and quick read. Not just that though, but this book discusses a lot of important things. Sexuality, relationships (romantic/familial and platonic) and there’s a lot of diversity. Seeing so many different people in this book being represented made me really happy.
I really love Becky Albertali’s writing. I just do. The writing flowed and I raced through it. I think the let down for me was the characters. I just didn’t like most of them. Plain and simple. I did love getting to see Simon from Becky’s other book in this one!
There’s also one part in this book in which Molly talks about feminism that I find to be just wrong.
Molly: This is why the book didn’t get a higher rating. I really did like parts of Molly’s character. What I didn’t like was the fact that Molly is insecure because of her weight and then it magically gets better after she gets a boyfriend? Like I’m sorry but bro that’s not how it works. Self-worth should come from YOURSELF.
Cassie: Okay but I didn’t like Cassie either. Molly felt less like her sister and more like a means to an end. I just felt thay she treated Molly really poorly.
A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.
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Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? Is it on you TBR? What about Becky Albertali’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?
Until next time,