Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 11, 2017
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 loved this book! I read it in one day!
I connected with Molly right away. I could really relate to her. I liked how she openly discussed her body image issues and how she felt self conscious about people not liking her because of her weight. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life so I could relate to those problems.
I’m an only child, so I couldn’t relate to Molly and Cassie’s relationship. But I have noticed how some friends become more distant when they get a boyfriend/girlfriend. I could understand that part of the story, and I think it would be believable for readers with close siblings.
I was so emotionally attached to this story. At times my heart was racing, and at others my eyes filled with tears.
This is a beautiful book. I absolutely loved it.