Title: The Upside Of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albetalli
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Published April 11th 2017 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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?
So yeah, one of the worst things that could ever happen to a book reviewer happened to me. I was about to post my review for TUOU and when I was looking for my draft, I can’t find it anymore. Talk about luck 🙂 To be honest I had a trouble remembering everything I wrote on my draft. So please bear with my review today!
“There’s just something terrifying about admitting you like someone. In a way, it’s actually easier when there’s no chance of anything happening. But there’s this threshold where things suddenly become possible. And then your cards are on the table. And there you are, wanting, right out in the open.”
This was my first book by Becky, I already own a copy of Simon vs. and I’m just waiting for myself to have the motivation to start reading it. Upside is an amazing piece of literature that has an important message written inside of it. In short, I loved this book so much. I can’t believe that I haven’t read any of her books, what am I doing with my life?
Molly, the MC is a plus size Jewish girl suffering anxiety has had her own fair share of unrequited love to be exact 27. We can relate to this feeling, don’t we? The feeling of not being loved back, that one-sided love we all have gone through. She was afraid of not mattering, living in a world were no one doesn’t care of who she was. I just want to give her the biggest hug!
Diversity is simply written all over this book! (she has two moms and a pansexual sister). We need to read books that has important representations, we shouldn’t let go of the fact that D I V E R S I T Y is IMPORTANT!
UPSIDE is definitely one of those books that will make you feel worth it. It’s all about self-appreciation and finding love that you truly deserve. I love Becky Abertalli’s writing style. It’s fresh and I just can’t put this book down. I’m claiming that this one has a spot on my favorite books of 2017!
Thank you for writing books that are so important and relevant nowadays. Thank you for creating amazing characters that has now a very special place in your reader’s hearts.