How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
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.
If you know how much I loved Becky Albertalli’s first book, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, then you’ll realise how much I was looking forward to reading more from Becky. I think this book has a lot to live up to as Becky’s debut was so well loved. Now, for me, it wasn’t quite as good as Simon but it was pretty damn close. This book cements Becky as one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. Like Simon, this book is so diverse which I absolutely adore. Yet, its diversity didn’t feel contrived in any way. It’s not throwing these characters in just for the sake of it, they make sense. I love that!
The Upside of Unrequited centres around a character called Molly. Molly lives with her mums and her twin sister Cassie. Cassie is confident and has a girlfriend. Molly is introverted and suffers with anxiety. Molly feels like she’s being left behind whilst her sister, cousin and friends move on in their love lives. Molly has always had crushes, but wasn’t entirely sure if anyone would love her. She’s shy and overweight- she doesn’t want anyone to see her naked. There are two guys that Molly is interested in…or thinks she’s interested in. It’s all a little confusing for her. Throughout the course of the story, we see Molly grow so much. She has to make some decisions and decide whether to let someone in.
The romance in this book is incredibly cutesy. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy into it, but it didn’t take me long to be sucked into it. I adore Becky’s writing. It’s so easy to devour. Her character development is 10/10. Her stories are so positive, so diverse and incredibly relatable. You don’t need to read Simon to enjoy this book, but I do highly recommend both books!
Would I recommend it?:
A fantastic sophomore novel from Becky Albertalli. Cute, relatable and easy to read!