Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited was the perfect YA contemporary novel. It has two adorable love stories, twin drama, and absolutely wonderful parents. Molly and Cassie are fraternal twins with lesbian moms and a little brother. All three kids have the same donor father, but the girls were carried by one mom, and their brother was carried by the other. Both girls are falling in love for the first time, but it isn’t going exactly as planned.

Molly, the narrator of the story, has had a bunch of unrequited crushes, but she’s never had an actual relationship. When Cassie starts dating a new girl (whose name I cannot remember!), they decide to hook Molly up with her friend, Will. Will is a pretty boy who Molly thinks is too cool for her because she considers herself fat…who knows if she actually is…but she’s willing to go for it anyway.

Meanwhile, Molly has a new job working at a cutsie – think Etsy in 3-D – where she meets the owners’ son, Reid. I loved Reid. He wears nerdy t-shirts and he’s super sweet. This love triangle is oh so predictable, but I loved it anyway. Molly’s feelings about Cassie and her new relationship were so spot on. The twin parts of this story were probably my favorite.

Gay marriage has just been ruled legal in all 50 states after the supreme court case, so Cassie and Molly’s moms are finally getting married. Molly is using her Pinterest-y skills to make the decorations. I loved this aspect of the plot. I loved that the parents were present, and that this book handled LGBT relationships without making them weird at all or preachy. The diversity in this book was done so well.

I could go on all day, but basically this book was great. If you love YA contemporary reads, you should read this book ASAP.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Upside of Unrequited
Becky Albertalli
Young Adult Fiction
Balzer + Bray
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?

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