Friday, June 2, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Hardcover336 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
ISBN: 0062348701

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 felt like my heart was filled with pure joy after reading this book. The Upside of Unrequited was a charming story full of romance, self-acceptance, family dynamics, and so much more. After reading this book, I officially decided that Becky Albertalli is one of my all-time favorite authors. 

One of my favorite things about this book was the characters and how realistic they were. The main character, Molly, was someone I related to on so many levels. I don't think I have ever related to a character as much as I related to Molly. Molly was insecure and didn't really think too highly of herself sometimes. However, she was also witty, hilarious, kind, smart, generous, and simply adorable. Molly loved Pinterest, which was so cute and it added a playful side to her character. Her inner thoughts felt so realistic and I really identified with her in those moments. She sometimes jumped to the wrong conclusions too quickly and was a little overdramatic, but don't we all do those things sometimes?

There were plenty of other characters that I also liked in this book. The author created so many unique, lovable, memorable, and amazing characters. I grew to love each character and I know I will cherish them forever. I WANT THEM TO BE MY FRIENDS. I ALSO JUST WANT TO READ ABOUT ALL THESE CHARACTERS FOREVER AND SQUISH THEM FOREVER. 

I loved, loved, LOVED the diversity in this book. I thought the author presented diversity in a positive and lovely way. So many different cultures, body types, and sexual orientations were represented in this book and I was LIVING for it. I also really liked the way the author addressed topics like sex and alcohol. She addressed them in a realistic and healthy manner. The conversations around those subjects just felt so real and wonderful. AND THERE WAS NO SHAMING OF ANY KIND!!!! Y'ALL, BECKY IS AN AMAZING WRITER.

I don't know if I can even talk about the romance in this book without squealing for 20 minutes straight because the romance was just THAT CUTE. The romance in this book was adorable and perfect. I don't want to say anything because of spoilers, but just know that the romance was pure magic. 

Overall, this book was a delightful, endearing, addictive, and wonderful book. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. PLEASE, GO AND READ THIS MAGICAL BOOK. 

5 / 5 Fangs

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