Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. 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. 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 a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
I would like to thank Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads for including me in this blog tour and also to HarperCollins International for providing the arc that we’ve read.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Upside of Unrequited is a fun and quick read. Becky’s writing style is just wonderful – it’s so easy to read and it’s entertaining. I enjoyed it very much. Her writing style is the one I need for a contemporary book. Contemporary is not really my favorite genre but if Becky Albertalli is the one who wrote a book from that genre, I’ll probably read it without hesitations.
Molly, our main character, has a list of crushes but never been kissed. It’s because she’s always careful and sometimes too careful that she doesn’t even try. Molly has anxiety that also contributes to why she never had a boyfriend. The characters were great, this book are full of honest and relatable scenes about teenagers everyday life.
The story is very simple but sweet, fun and cute. I’m like smiling the whole time while reading the book. I really love all the relationships throughout this book: Molly and Reid, Cassie and Mina. And don’t forget about Nadine and Patty. They’re such a great and positive parents, I really liked them. I kind of predicted on what will happen in the end but it’s still amazing, thanks to Becky’s wonderful writing.
Overall, it’s such a fun and fast-paced read. The characters are very relatable and this book is honest and I think many teenagers can relate to this book. Becky Albertalli have done a great job creating this story just like when she wrote Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Now I’m psyched and I can’t wait for her future books.
*Also, I want to greet Becky a Happy Mother’s Day!! YOU DESERVE ALL THE LOVE BECAUSE YOU ARE AMAZING AND YOU CREATED SUCH BEAUTIFUL BOOKS.
Love, Josiah ❤
F I V E O U T O F F I V E S T A R S
“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s almost unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.”
“Because I have to admit: there’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring what people think about you.”
Also, don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other participants for this blog tour:
Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl [Review]
Nicka at Read by Nicka [Review]
Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions [Review]
Fay at The Bibliophile Soprano [Review]
Jayvee at Writer for Misfits [Review]
JM at Book Freak Revelations [Review]
Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads [Review]
About The Author
Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta.