The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Posted March 6, 2017 by Christy || 8 Comments

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertalliThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 11th 2017
Pages: 352
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

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.


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

Oh my gosh, this book, y’all!  This freaking book. IS. SO. DAMN. GOOD.  I just don’t really know where to even start with a review.  I just loved every thing about The Upside of Unrequited and I have a feeling that it’s going to be extremely difficult for me to express just how much I loved this book and why you should drop everything and preorder it right now.

I’ll start with the characters.  Molly, our MC, was such a wonderful character.  I loved watching her grow throughout the book.  When we first meet her, she seems very timid and very careful when it comes to matters of the heart.  I loved watching her break out of her shell and become more confident about who she was.  I also loved the fact that she was content with the way she looked, all too often we see the ‘fat girls’ struggling with their self confidence and even though Molly isn’t immune to this struggle as well, she does seem to be ok with the way she is and I respect her so much for that.  As a person who has been overweight and struggled with weight issues my whole life, I get it and reading Molly’s story really makes me see myself in a new light.  I don’t have to be skinny to be happy, seeing Molly’s growth and her mindset really made me see that I need to learn to be ok with my body and myself.  Sorry, didn’t mean to get quite so personal there, but this aspect of the book really touched my heart.

Reid is just the cutest thing alive! I loved, loved, loved every single scene with him in it.  He was such a sweetie and he had such a wonderful personality and I just loved him! The other characters of importance, Cassie, Nadine, Patty, Mina, Xavier and Abby were all absolutely amazing as well and they each brought something unique to the story.  Molly’s relationship with her moms, Nadine and Patty, was something I wish we saw more of in books.  They had a great bond and I loved that they were open and honest with their kids.

 Overall, The Upside of Unrequited is a beautifully diverse book that will fill readers hearts with joy.

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8 responses to “The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

  1. I’m so glad you liked this! I got this arc from net galley and I’m dying to read it! I just finished reading Simon vs because I wanted to read that before going into this one and I loved it. So if that’s anything to go by I’m sure I’ll love this one as well. I’m overweight myself so I love reading about characters who are, especially when they have a confidence about them, it makes me feel better in myself! Your review has made me want to go pick this up right now!! 💖

  2. I’m really happy to see you loved this, Christy. I adored Simon and have been quite eager to read this one as well. I especially love that the main character isn’t skinny. And I love that she undergoes growth throughout the book to become more accepting of the way she looks. It sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it even more now!

  3. Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle

    I read this in one sitting yesterday, I hadn’t done that in SO long! What a wonderful, gushing review, I’m glad you loved it so much! I think I might like Simon a teensy bit more but I still really enjoyed this, especially Molly as a character, the dynamics of friend groups, and Reid! And the store they work in- I loved how Pinteresty and crafty Molly was! Such a great book.

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