Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
Oh my goodness! This book was a-freaking-dorable! I had heard of it on booktube and I thought it sounded good but at the time, I wasn’t really into contemporary. But thank you Owlcrate for this amazing book. I instantly fell in love.
I guess the best place to start is with how relate-able Molly’s situation is. While I was not the fat girl in high school, I was that awkward tall girl that is taller than most people, even some teachers, and no body wants to date the freakishly tall girl. Needless to say, I empathized with Molly right away and her feelings of always being the one without a boyfriend! Then there is Molly and Cassie’s relationship and how sweet it is and I especially enjoyed seeing Cassie’s sass come out in Molly!
In case you didn’t know, and I don’t know how you would…this is my first LGBTQ novel. And I really enjoyed it. Now, I know this was fluffier than some out there, but it was a nice change and I definitely think I will be intentionally reaching for more LGBTQ books in the future.
Also, this was my first Albertalli novel and I am SOLD. I can’t wait to read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendas…which will also be another LGBTQ novel! Two birds, one book!
SO!…Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? If not, what are you waiting on?!
Thanks for reading!