The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


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. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss & 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 was excited to read this. I really was. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was an adorable novel and one of my favorite reads of last year. If you haven't read that yet, I highly recommend it.

But oh my god. OH. MY. GOD. I liked this even more. Sooooooo much more.

I honestly don't know if I've ever related to a character as much as I relate to Molly. She was high school me. Seriously. But the secondary characters, the romance, the writing, the comedy, the romance, the diverse cast, the sister relationship, and oh, THE ROMANCE, are impeccable.

The book feels effortlessly told. It's relatable to everyone, because there is a character for everyone. I think it's the perfect representation of the average teenager, one who doesn't have a tragic history, but who is living day-to-day and experiences the struggles of just being alive.

I can't get over how much I loved this. I'm DYYYYYINNNNNGGGGGG.

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