The Upside of Unrequited


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 340

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I think everyone should read this book.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Going into this book, I will admit that I was nervous I wouldn’t like it. I mean, I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so much that I was worried this book would pale in comparison to it. But oh man was I wrong. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will always hold a special place in my heart, but I have to admit that I loved this book even more. Becky Albertalli really outdid herself here, and I know for sure that The Upside of Unrequited will forever be one of my favorite books.

First of all, the thing I loved the most about this book was how relatable it was. And because this book was so relatable, I was able to take so much out of it. I feel like I learned so much, and I can definitely count this as one of the books that changed me as a person, and changed my outlook on a lot of situations that I, myself, go through on a daily basis. This book is exactly what I needed in this time in my life, so I hope this book can mean as much to others as it did to me.

The characters are what really made this story. I fell in love with every single one of them, and I wish this book could’ve been 1000 pages long just so I could spend more time with these characters.

The characters weren’t the only thing that made this story, though. The plot was also so adorable, and it was so easy to fly through this book, even though I really wanted to slow down so that I could soak everything up.

This book was the also the perfect balance of sadness, cuteness, humor, and romance. Becky Albertalli really has fantastic writing skills, and I can’t wait to see if she attempts to top this one.

If you can’t tell yet by the rest of my review, this book was fantastic. So please, everyone go do yourself a favor and pick up this phenomenal book.



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