Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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I have been reading more contemporary novels these last few months and so I picked up The Upside of Unrequited. I thought it would be more about romance than it was but it was great.

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Title & Author: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 11 2017
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


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 give The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli four out of five hearts because it wasn’t as romantic as I thought it would be before I started. Although the only thing Molly, the main character, thinks about is a boyfriend, it mostly happens around her and not to her.

Molly is one unlucky girl, she would like a long term relationship and the first time her twin-sister finds someone they fall for each other hard. And then Molly finally finds someone, she falls for two, the sidekick of her sister’s girlfriend and her geeky coworker.

Cassie is cute, first she is cynical and then falls hard for someone. And her girlfriend also comes with a great sidekick who could hook up with Molly. They aim to get the two to like each other.

Seeing Molly and Cassie together and what they do for each other is great. I really enjoyed it. The romance level wasn’t very high and that made it very enjoyable for me. The characters were flushed out and well developed.

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