“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 am a dude who likes video games, action movies, etc., but I will admit this is probably the cutest book I have read. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is a cute, emotional, and great young adult novel without being depressing or bleak which was a bit refreshing.
Molly is the narrator for the novel and as such, you see the events unfold through her eyes and hear her thoughts. I do like when an author uses a first-person narrative as it allows the reader to know the character’s thoughts and feelings about events. It really allows the reader to get to know the character at a more personal level. I liked Molly as a character and reading her thoughts and reactions to events in her life was realistic, yet at times a bit annoying. I cannot fault Molly for being annoying at times as reacting and overreacting to events as is what many people do. Her development from a pessimistic and innocent girl to someone who is a bit more matured and a bit more optimistic felt earned. Reading the book from her perspective really helped make the novel feel more personal and as a result, the payoff is satisfying. Her relationship with her sister, Cassie, plays an important part in the novel and was well done. As Cassie gets closer to Mina, Molly finds herself on the outside, something she is not comfortable with considering they are twins. Seeing Molly make mistakes and at times, screw up their relationship was refreshing. People make mistakes and I feel that some books make their protagonist too perfect and this novel highlights Molly’s mistakes.
I felt there would be a love triangle when I began the book, but, fortunately, there really isn’t. It becomes who Molly prefers fairly early on with the love triangle only resulting from Molly’s hesitation and reluctance. The other supporting characters such as Nadine, Olivia, etc. were good, but they are not as developed as Molly, Cassie, and Reid. Speaking of Reid, I found him to be pretty cool and relatable being a fellow nerd like him. His dynamic with Molly was adorable and believable which can be hard to pull off. The plot is fairly predictable, but for a book like this that does not really matter. The characters take center stage with the plot serving as a way to develop the characters.
The Upside of Unrequited is an adorable young adult novel that is sure to satisfy many readers with relatable and realistic characters, good character development, and pretty cute moments.
Rating: Must Buy