Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Ebook: 352 pages
“Heart-fluttering, honest, and hilarious. I can’t stop hugging this book.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. However, all opinions are completely my own and are in no way influenced by the exchange.*
As soon as I saw this book on NetGalley, I had to request it right away. I read Becky Albertalli’s book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda pretty recently after seeing several reviews on it, and I knew straight away I wanted to read anything else that Becky Albertalli graced us with.
The Upside of Unrequited follows 17 year old Molly Peskin-Suso, a girl who has had many crushes but never followed through on them. She has a twin sister called Cassie who finds herself in a new relationship. As Cassie gets more and more involved in this new relationship, she becomes determined to set Molly up as well. Molly isn’t too sure this is what she wants, after all, ‘fat girls have to be careful’.
I absolutely loved this book. The characters have so much depth, are so lovable and I REALLY enjoyed that there was ties to the characters we met in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was really nice to check in with them and see how their lives are going. The diversity in this book is absolutely top notch, there are characters who are lesbians, pansexual, bisexual, Jewish, different race/colour, different body types (the main character is ‘fat’) and mention of mental health issues as well. I really don’t think you could get any more diverse than this book.
The storyline was fantastic and was incredibly character driven. I’m not usually a huge fan of this, but the way Becky Albertalli has done this is extremely good. I was so sad that the book finished, I could have kept reading about Molly, Cassie and their family and friends forever! I really hope there is going to be another book that features some of these characters in the future, I just need to know!
Becky Albertalli has become an auto-buy author for me now. For a relatively new author, the work she is publishing is the standard of that I would expect from a well known author. I can only imagine how she’s going to grow and what she will come out with in the future. Not only is her writing incredible, but she fills some massive gaps in the YA market with the diversity and characters in her book. She’s not afraid to deviate from the ‘norm’ and I really applaud her for that.
In short, this is a book you all need to pick up and read! Especially now that we’re coming in to the warmer weather, it’s a perfect sunny day read.
Love & Laughter