{ARC} Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

March 25, 2017 Review 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Published by Balzer + Bray on 2017 April 11
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Edelweiss
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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Albertalli is now getting promoted from my Author Watch list to my Favorite Authors List. Though I enjoyed The Homo Sapiens Agenda more (Simon and Blue FTW), The Upside of Unrequited has its own charm to draw in readers to its universe. The whole set up of the story was very enjoyable, realistic, and an eye opener. So the story is about a seventeen year old girl, Molly Peskin-Suso. She’s a food lover, is fat, very creative, and has lots of crushes but surprisingly, none of them got to be her boyfriend.  Her parents are lesbian and bisexual. Molly and her fraternal twin sister, Cassie, are sperm donor babies so is their younger baby brother.

The main theme of The Upside of Unrequited is not really about romance nor about LGBT struggles. It’s really about Molly’s coming of age, about her navigating life and finding her place.  Molly’s a very good narrator and my 17 year old self could really relate with her jealousy, anxieties, doubts, and shyness.  The whole time I was reading the book, I was either laughing, crying or nodding in approval because  every thought, every struggle that Molly has to experience was very relatable.  Everything felt so realistic and I’m glad that Albertalli didn’t glorify the life of teenager or inserted some dramatic, dark, and horrible stuff somewhere in between.  It is what it is.

So people, young or old, you better read this because we all have a Molly in us at some point of our lives.

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