The Upside of Unrequited (Becky albertali)

OMG. This book is the best book I’ve read so far, so far in my life. By far the most relatable story, the most rawest, the most innocent? I can’t even. I don’t remember the last time I was rooting for a character this much.

I am not going to spoil this book at all.

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?

You’d think it’s the cliche ‘forever-alone-girl-suddenly-finds-herself-with-suitors’, ‘girl-can’t-choose’, ‘girl-chooses-the-awkward-guy’ bla bla bla. Let me tell you, this book, is nothing, everything and so much more, all at the same time. The writing is pure magic. My heart could not handle. Ok maybe at the beginning, I was a little bothered by how most of the book was about Molly and her internal feelings. But by the end of it, that’s what made the book work.

There’s a lot of diversity in the book that I wasn’t expecting. I went into this book blind. People of colour, people of diverse sexualities, trust me there was a lot of representation. I’m not really one that minds or doesn’t mind diversity or the lack thereof. I read for plots and if it works, it works. But if you’re looking for a diverse book, this one is a definite winner. As for the development of the characters, Molly was definitely the most developed and my favourite. I personally don’t like Cassie. Cassie just gives off the vibes that she can never be wrong or proved wrong. Will was… not likeable… until the point nearing the end where Molly kinda confessed to him. His behaviour after that changed my mindset about him. Molly’s parents are fine. Molly’s friends are confusing. I don’t know who is who. I confused them up but it didn’t affect the story. In general I liked the characters.

I was reading a lot of other reviews for the book and there are some negative ones. I think I get why there are. But… you have to look at it this way, if you grew up being more of a ‘Molly’, you’ll like this book. If you’re more like a Cassie, you may not.

The entire plot is mostly on Molly and her non-existent love life, maybe that’s not the plot everyone’s looking out for, but it kinda works for me. She’s seventeen, she’s got too much free time, her sister just got a love interest and she’s alone. Of course all she can think about is her love life.

Other readers tend to find Molly whiny but here’s the thing, Molly isn’t complaining to someone else. She keeps everything to herself. She knows she’s whining too much too. That’s why she doesn’t tell people. She knows she shouldn’t be bothered about love so much too, that’s why she doesn’t tell people. But she can’t stop herself from thinking about it. So I don’t particularly find her whiny. It’s her true feelings and she hates the way she can’t change it. And I find that a very realistic trait of a seventeen-year-old. Everything unravels when she reaches her tipping point and the other characters don’t know where all her rage is coming from.

But whatever, I love this book.

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I’m giving it 5 stars.

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