by Becky Albertalli
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Publication Date: April 11th 2017
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Review Copy/Own
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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, like almost every other reader I know, absolutely couldn't wait to get my hands on The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli!! I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year, and really enjoyed the story, so I just knew I would love The Upside of Unrequited as well. AND I DID!! Seriously, I'm totally giving this book ALL THE STARS!!
Can I first talk about the characters in the book, and how much I completely love them? There are SO many awesome characters for you to fall in love with, including the main character, Molly. Ah, Molly. I found her relatable in so many ways; my connection to her was super strong. I've been there, Molly, and I've felt the exact same as you did throughout the story SO many times. (And I still do.) She has an amazing family, including her twin sister, Cassie, who is also her best friend, and two amazing moms, and an adorable little brother. I love this family. I want to be a part of this family. Molly also has some really great friends as well, including some we've met before, which was a super wonderful surprise!!
Now let's talk about the story itself. The Upside of Unrequited is a companion novel to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, something that I actually did not know when starting this book. However, you won't have any problems getting into the story if you read it before reading Simon. I totally loved this story, so much. THESE are the types of stories that I absolutely love to read. It was completely addictive, and relatable as well. It made me laugh, it made me cry. I read the whole thing in just a few hours time; I couldn't help it, I absolutely could not put the book down. And I didn't want it to end either! Can we just have more of these books, please?? Because I love the stories, and the characters, and I want ALL OF THEM to have their own books! *grin*
Overall; I totally expected to love The Upside of Unrequited, but I ended loving it even more than that! This book was seriously so good. If you're a fan of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you're going to love The Upside of Unrequited. And if you've not yet read these books, DO IT. You won't regret it. Happy reading to you!