Helloooooooooo, it’s me again and today I’m here with another review! So I recently finished The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, and HOLY CRAP it was so good. Like an easy five out of five stars. So, review time!
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Author: Becky Albertalli
Rating: 5 stars
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? – Goodreads
So I went into this book really excited, because it is set after the events of Simon Vs The Homosapiens agenda, Becky’s first book. And this book did not disappoint.
Firstly, I want to talk about the diversity in this book. There is so much diversity! Let me just list a few:
- Molly has a gay and a bisexual mum, and a gay sister
- Molly’s sister’s girlfriend is pansexual and Korean American
- Molly and her family are Jewish
- Molly’s love interest (boyfriend in the end) is also Jewish
- One of the days in this book is the day gay marriage is legalised in America and everyone is celebrating.
- There were some other minor gay characters in relationships
And that’s only the ones I can remember! So If you like diversity in your books, definitely read this little beauty!
Now to talk about the characters. I loved every single character in this book. The only character I didn’t like was Aunt Karen, because she was a homophobe. She got a bit better at the end of the book, but that’s no excuse for shutting her sister out because she is gay.
I loved Molly, Cassie, Mina, Abby (I know there’s more, but I’m so forgetful and I’ve already forgotten the names of some characters) and Reid. And of course Simon!. I was absolutely LIVING for the Simon sections, even though there’s only two of them. Every time he was mentioned or featured, I literally squealed. Yeah.
I have literally never related to a character so much than when I read this book. Every thing Molly thought I could completely relate to. It was just so cool.
When I finished reading this book, it was really weird. When I usually finish a book, I usually do one of these two things: I either get teary-eyed and think of how absolutely amazing the book was and how I don’t want to read any other book ever, or I put it on my shelf and get out a new book immediately. But with this book, the moment I finished, I just lay on my bed feeling just really happy. I wasn’t emotional or anything like that, I was just happy that Becky Albertalli had written this book.
So that is the end of my review of The Upside Of Unrequited! I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you later, bye!