The Upside of Unrequited
Series : N/A
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Source : Publisher
Release Date : April 11 2017
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?
When The Upside of Unrequited was chosen as the book of the month for my book club. I had all intentions of reading Albertalli’s latest before the day arrived. As I was hearing good things about this book but all good intentions didn’t work. I found myself instead on the day of book club devouring this book on the train in short space of time. Fall in love with this story and their characters. Wishing that I had this book when I was a teenager dealing with the awkward of teenagers crushes and what not.
The lead character Molly is adorable. She grown up in a community where it okay to be herself. She awkwardly adorable but she doesn’t see that. Instead she struggles with her life dealing with self esteem and anxiety. It ain’t easy being Molly she thinks. She is the fat girl who has anxiety and she has crushes but not a boyfriend in sight. Everyone else around seems to be doing just fine that department. She can’t seem to rationalise how that is possible. Her voice paint an accurate picture. She is 17 and heading into her senior year with her twin and friends. She feels the odd one out constantly struggling with things.
We follow her over the course of the summer before her senior year and see her world naturally. I loved how Albertalli draw us in to this world. Whilst it very much Molly’s story. It a story that makes point to address things that are often missing in YA such as the missing parent syndrome or sibling relationships. These both were naturally part of the story.
I loved the dynamics in this story. Molly and Cassie have the typical sister relationship that I could totally relate to . They knew exactly how to push the buttons, what the other was in to . I love that opening scene and how it set the tone for things. Cassie was doing her own growing up and affected the story of Molly as well. I loved how she did turn to her friends but also to her mums. They might have been side characters but I loved how everyone had something to add to the story. Their mums are the sort of parents I love. They didn’t shy away or disappear. They were there for the journey of Molly and embraced and supported things
This the sort of cute adorable contemporary diverse novel, I hope we will see more of in the future. YA contemporaries are bread and butter in this industry. However as much I loved those sort of books. Many are missing the bigger picture, it isn’t like how to be used to be. There are many different types of people out there now. Upside of Unrequited addressed that by giving a snapshot of today’s society is like . Don’t get me wrong I love my contemporaries, but a person sometimes wants something that they can utterly relate to . I love how Albertalli naturally represented this with this adorable contemporary that I want to savour and just keep to myself just a little bit longer.