Let’s just say that I officially declare Becky Albertalli as my queen.
I love her book ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ to death and can’t wait to see Love, Simon! I was hesistant in picking up ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ because I had great expectations from it passed my expectations with flying colors!
At this point I’m willing to read Becky’s grocery list too.
Ahm, onto what you all are here for, here’s my full review of this wonderful book- ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli 🙂
Official Goodreads Summary:
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?
This book really touched my heart with the various elements it had and the beautiful way in which they were portrayed. Definitely deserves a 5 star rating!
As usual, Becky Albertalli’s style of writing was very magical and heartwarming. She can easily wrap you around her finger with the simple yet captivating language she uses. Also, adorable. Everything about her books is adorable, and the writing style is no exception!
2. Fat and LGBT Representation
Becky is famous for the LGBT characters she writes, especially in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and this book definitely did not lack in that area! The issues of being gay in the community are brought up along with lesbian parents and gay marriage. Acceptance is so important, especially from your family members and this book definitely touches on that!
And the fat rep is mind blowing! Molly has such a wonderful voice and doesn’t see the need to lose weight until others start pointing it out. She’s comfortable in her skin but the society wouldn’t let her be, which leads to endless anxiety, overthinking and self-reflection that is penned down beautifully.
3. Sibling Dynamic
Having a sister myself, I hate when the sibling relationships are two dimensional or just way off the mark but wow this book had it down to the point. It includes the rocky path of life that the two twin sisters Molly and Cassie lead- how they fight with and often avoid each other, hide important stuff and true feelings and yet always have each other’s backs. You’ll definitely be able to relate if you have a sibling!
The friendships in The Upside of Unrequited were so cute and fluffy you might actually suffocate, haha. I love the variety of friendships displayed including long distance friends, best friends since childhood and potential romantic relationships/ friendships.
Let’s face it, the last one was the most adorable one ever.
What I also liked was the fact that the author acknowledged how you can have a number of supportive friends and loved ones and yet still feel like a burden or overshadowed by loneliness. This is so very important!
5. Realistic Story
All in all this story was very realistic and I feel that everyone will be able to relate to it on some level or the other, whether it’s about being fat, falling in love, losing and making friends, sibling troubles and love for art or cooking. While the subject matters discussed in this book were heavy the way they were written didn’t overwhelm me at all, so there was a perfect balance. I absolutely loved it!
Let me think…
Oh wow this is really hard.
I guess this book was pretty much perfect though I would have loved to get a little more on the backstories of the side characters like Olivia, Will and Zach. I could see that the author was trying to play out something about Zach in between but I guess there was just too much else going on?
I shall also complain how Becky’s books always make me hungry, like have you read the description of all the food in there? Molly is an A+ cook which means there’s a ton of food and whoops I’m not even hungry but I’m eating